Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Big Mama Pantyhose

In a writing class, I was encouraged to use a catchy title that would create curiosity......and you are reading this now, so it worked.

On any given Saturday, you will find me and usually my two friends, wandering through second hand stores, or swap meets, or garage sales. We love the deals, and we love the treasures.

Not to inflate myself beyond recognition (no one likes that...,to appear bigger than normal) But I have become quite proficient at procuring designer bags....for cheap. Its my gifting. 
My friends have become quite adept at securing mens shoes and art. 
We could be a reality tv show. 

But the more that I have gone foraging for riches on the weekends, one thing has become strikingly clear. 
Too much stuff. 

There is too much stuff here and no one is using it. Piles upon piles of used clothing, household stuff,  kitchenware stuff, tools, toys, electronics, makeup, etc. You can find anything here. On Saturday I found a communion plate.  Again and again, I am shocked by the amount and the diversity of, for lack of a better word, stuff, that has been shipped down to Mexico. The sheer volume is mind-boggling. Mexico has become a giant 'Stuff Mart'.

People bring merchandise from California down here for their families to sell. Well meaning ministry organizations ship and bring clothes, and wheel chairs, other medical devices and toiletries from their countries for the needy....to bless others with their donation. 

And I get it, its the way it's always been done. And there are some places that do need you to bring and ship things down. I am a firm believer that 'if something ain't broke, don't fix it,' but I fear this is becoming broken. 

I think in our environmentally conscious society, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate what we are doing. 
In our recycling, blue bin, green bin, 'make sure you take the caps' off world, we are missing the mark. And I am guilty of this too, I want better stuff, or different stuff, so I buy it, and then schlep my old stuff to a donation centre. 

But in it all, are we being good stewards of what we have been given and what we are giving?

And if ministry teams go to other countries, could they save the money they spend on luggage, ask for cash donations, instead of stuff, and use the funds, to purchase what is already in-country?  The solution is two fold, infusing money into economy, helping local store owners....and alleviating the overabundance of 'stuff' that has already accumulated. 

I realize that this may not be a solution for every country, but have we even thought about this as another way to help when we go to minister? Do more research, figure out what you can get in-country. 

I just think in this world where we are continually creating new, and better and cooler, and hotter, and smaller and bigger....maybe we need to re-look at the 'older.' 

Just something to think about. 

I threw the Big Mama hose in....just for fun.....cuz the are New and Improved!

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