Chances are pretty good that you know someone who lived through the Great Depression. Some of the stories they tell are almost unbelievable.
My mother, for example, was a child during the Great Depression and World War II. She always kept some type of snack in her purse, even though she was well off. She used to tell me that growing up in Michigan, she and her sisters would eat corn meal mush for breakfast while my grandmother heated potatoes inside a wood-burning stove. In the winter months, those potatoes would go inside their coats to keep them warm on the walk to school, and believe it or not, that’s what they had for lunch. A cold baked potato. It’s hard to imagine.
Let’s take a look at 10 ways our Great Depression-era ancestors reused or upcycled common items:
1. Flour sacks
Especially in rural and farm areas, flour sacks were literally reused as clothing. Patches were applied to pants and shirts, socks were mended, youngsters wore hand-me-downs, and flour sacks, which were large cotton bags, were washed, cut, and sewn into just about anything, including aprons, dresses, boys shirts, and underwear
While we might not think of rabbits as something you can “upcycle,” they really were versatile animals that helped many families live through the depression.