NONU? what is it? we adopted the term from a designer that we discovered online who submitted to a competition for a “Shelter in a Cart”

we loved his piece and his concept was something that has been a big part of our lifestyle for decades- salvaging, buying used, recognizing the beauty and value of the discarded…

some of our favorite sources for NONU:

- bulk trash pickup days. the best free stuff period. i have found amazing lumber, fixtures, and other materials that we have incorporated into our house and yard and arts & crafts.

- craigslist. never buy new until you have first consulted craigslist. lumber, bricks, stone, furniture, bikes, tools. we’ve purchased these things and more for a fraction of retail. and it’s just less stuff to be manufactured, less tossed into the landfill.

- citywide garage sale. some stuff can be pricey but you can also find some incredible bargains and treasures.

- dumpsters. i’ve found some great lumber. ever seen one of  those huge dumpsters in the front yard of a house being remodeled? it’s amazing and sad that it’s heading to the landfill. 

- Goodwill. duh.