I just bought a used car.
In order to curb the guilt of owning a car in a polluted world, I chose a secondhand, fuel efficient model.
Part of the “blessing” of a buying a used car are its quirks—broken or missing parts. But, that’s why they’re affordable.
The car I picked out is mechanically sound and has low miles, so I was able to see past the missing hood ornament.
For about a week.
It was driving me crazy, seeing all of the cars like mine, driving around town with their hood ornaments shining. Brand name recognition was eating at me. I had to keep up with the Joneses.
I guess I would just give in and go buy one. How much could a hood ornament cost?
New: $99 plus tax! Used: $19.90 plus shipping! For a hunk of metal?
I’m a creative person. And I’m frugal. I decided to just make my own hood ornament.
I rummaged around the kitchen, found some old mason jar lid rings, some waxed twine and a pair of tin snips. 10 minutes later I had finished my masterpiece. Voilà!
When we’re clever enough to use reclaimed materials to make useful things, we’re respecting the limited resources of a jam-packed world.
I didn’t know how people would react. When I showed my mechanic, he appreciated it and said I was artistic.
It makes others feel smart when they can figure out what materials we used to make our creation.
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Author: Ashleigh Hitchcock
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