I love re-using and re-purposing things, especially when they have come from family. This was all very normal for my Nan’s generation – passing things down, keeping a bottom drawer, finding other uses for things – which seems to be sadly lacking nowadays. Last year I was lucky enough to be given her laundry bowl and basket. Now these items are just amazing! The bowl is an old enamel baby bath. Her baby bath. She’s 91! How cool is that?! I use it for the wet laundry when pegging out, just like she did.
The basket is for the dry laundry (AKA how many odd socks basket). This used to be a fisherman’s basket (her Dad’s family were mainly fishermen, plus they worked the lifeboat in the village) before it was her laundry basket. Her Dad, my great Grandad, gave it to her when she got married, telling her it would last a lifetime! I’ve no idea how long it was used before my Nan and Grandad got married in 1949, but it’s been going strong ever since, and will continue to do so long after I’ve finished with it.
Do you have anything you are reusing or re-purposing that you’d love to share?