Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How do I get rid of. . .

For those of you who have been to the store, you may have noticed that the air conditioning is not up to par. Perhaps you credited me with being frugal and energy efficient, but no, it's just a crappy a/c unit.

Jon and I are having terrible luck with semi-major appliances lately. We've killed two air conditioners and a television. They are safely stored in our garage for now, but we are trying to find a way to get rid of them safely. I found a website which will tell you where to dispose of items that you shouldn't put in the regular garbage or recycling bins.

www.earth911.org

I didn't realize that so many retail stores are taking in old batteries and stuff. Still haven't found where to "dump" my air conditioners, but thought I'd share that website with you all. We actually tried to deep clean the a/c at the store tonight. Years of hairspray seem to have taken their toll on the poor thing. Hopefully tomorrow it will be good as new. If not, my friend Mary, who was at the overheated store last night, called me today to say that her workplace was replacing their window units (which still work) so she grabbed one for me. We'll see if I need it at the store. . .if not, we've got a shortage at home. I'm still very proud of the fact that I have not bought anything new for the store except products and a piece of paneling to cover a hideous wall. And technically, the landlord bought that.

6 comments:

Angelamusings said...

Laurie,

I think it is very cool the way your store's materials echo the theme of the store itself. My college roommate's father recycled a bunch of beer cans into an all-aluminum airplane mobile. The fuseloge (sp?) was a complete can, and the landing gear was made out of beer bottle caps. It was VERY chic and earth friendly too. I'm sure, if he is still alive, he could be commissioned to create some dazzling displays for your store! Angela

Fly Right said...

I've seen those. . . Hmm. Fly Right. Recycled airplanes. . . You may be onto something! I'll have to go google the instructions! It will deter me from my Reader's Digest Christmas trees that I've been making in my spare time, but I definitely have the materials around.

My grandpa's friend used to make Victorian-looking doll furniture out of Coke cans. I think he did airplanes too.

Angelamusings said...

Hi Laurie,

I found a bunch of pictures on Google when I typed in "airplane beer can." Here is a link to one. But yes, I think a recycled beer can airplane is just the class your joint needs.

http://www.oddee.com/_media/imgs/articles/a76_beer.jpg

Angela

Angelamusings said...

Hey, the link I typed in didn't appear in its entirety. What's up with that? Sorry. But if you Google "airplane beer can," you will find lots of planes. Angela

Angelamusings said...

Hey Laurie,

I'm missing your blogging, but I am hoping it is because you are so flippin' busy with customers, you can't step away from the cash register! Angela

Jill said...

So what has happened with the A/C?? Don't leave us hanging.

And I am so impressed that your whole store is reused and recycled and eco.