Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrating Earth Day

ATC that my sister Jen made from magazines,
wood veneer and paper
Today, as most people know, is Earth Day.  I am very proud to say that I'm from the state where Earth Day began 41 years ago - it was our (Wisconsin's) Senator Nelson who launched the initiative.  Both of our senators at the time (Nelson and Proxmire) were forward-thinking progressives/environmentalists.

I was on Twitter this morning and saw a pick from Mike Wolfe of American Pickers (more on that awesome show in a future post) that said, essentially, that antique dealers were green before green was cool.  How true!

And by that same token, we ephemeraologists are truly green as well!  We're the ones who frequent those antique stores, estate sales, Goodwill, rummage sales, dumpsters and anywhere else we can find items that will help us create.

Think about how much STUFF is out there - it's mind-boggling.  By reusing old (and new) paper in an original way, we are doing our part to reduce landfill waste.  It may not seem like saving stuff like candy wrappers and vintage checks does much but if all 300 of us (I'm counting my Facebook and Blogger followers) were to weigh our collective stashes I'm willing to bet there would be a couple of tons (tonnes) of ephemera that we've saved.  Heck, I may even have a ton of it myself!  :D

So today, while we're mindful of all of the ways we can help our planet, give yourselves a pat on the back for doing your part to keep recyclable stuff out of our landfills.  Keep on collecting and creating!  

I'll leave you with this great little stanza that probably began during the Depression but should be our mantra every day:

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without (or find more ephemera!).

Happy Earth Day!


  1. Nice work!

    My parents took me to thrift shops, rummage sales, yard sales, used bookstores... I still buy used when I can, and I love vintage and old stuff.

    You mean there's a name for me? I'm an ephemerologist? I'm official. I'm authorized. I love it.

    Wait until I tell the Younger Daughter she has an excuse for the hoard of old science magazines and postcards and shiny bits of candy wrappers...

  2. Someone once asked me, " where do you buy your art supplies?" My answer was...thrift stores, garage sales, things I already have...I really do want to use up all that stuff that no one else wants!

  3. Ladies, we are ALL ephemeraologists! :D Seriously, what's better than finding those one-of-a-kind pieces that will make our art completely original? I love that no one else will be able to replicate my pieces because I used a paint chip from 1972 along with various newspaper snippets! :D