In all the years I've lived in Turkey we have been reluctant to throw things away, if there's any chance that they can be re-cycled.
We like to browse secondhand shops and have picked up many furniture bargains. Mr A also has a tendency to find things dumped as rubbish, which he will pick up and bring home. I have never seen skips here, but I'm sure if we lived in the UK, he would spend half his life rummaging in skips.
We would never consider buying electrical items from the secondhand shops here. They really are not worth it. Turks tend to use white goods and other electrical appliances until they are on their last legs, so it's rare to find something that's not faulty or rusty.
Last week we found a small secondhand shop in one of the back streets of Milas, and spotted a wrought iron table with a glass top. It was very dirty, but it was in good condition. The man wanted 35 lira for it, but with a bit of Mr A's expert haggling we managed to secure it for 20 lira. We cleaned it up and here's the result: (excuse the blurry pics please...a mixture of strong sunlight and my shaky hands)
In our garden we had a wrought iron stand that contained a flowerpot. Mr A had found this dumped last year. It was a bit rusty but Mr A cleaned it up and painted it with some black metal paint he had in the shed.. He then went to a glass shop in Milas to get a piece of glass cut to make a top at a cost of 15 lira. So it has now become a smaller coffee table to match the one we bought in Milas.
We now have two lovely coffee tables which have cost us a total of 35 lira (approx £12.50). Not bad!
He is going through another of his woodwork phases at the moment...it keeps him occupied...although I have forbidden him to make any more shelves! He has been out in the shed hammering and sawing for the last couple of days. I have no idea what he is making but no doubt he will surprise me with the result quite soon.