August 7, 2002
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“The Obtainium ideal is to find useful and valued material for free.” Here’s a very new resource for low-cost or no-cost stuff of all kinds. It’s a breath of fresh air for those of us compulsive craftfolk who are frustrated with the upscale, hipsterish tone of the current DIY resurgence. Most posters are SF based, but they’d like to broaden their horizons.
posted by Fenriss (9 comments total)
Uh... whoops.

This is what I get for trying to lighten the mood.
posted by Fenriss at 12:28 PM on August 7, 2002

Wasn't this site started by Burners looking for crap for their camp?
posted by Fstop at 12:34 PM on August 7, 2002

Whoever invented this site, may the Magical Overlord pay fealty to him or her - free fog juice? Dude. And so the death of capital begins... danko for the link, Fenriss!
posted by DenOfSizer at 12:49 PM on August 7, 2002

oh.. you don't like readymade??? i really quite enjoy their magazine. decent writing, fun projects.

plus my co-workers (i guess, hipster-types themselves) had fun flipping through it and saying "oh, man! that's mike! what's he doing in here?". of course, those bastards stole my grooves magazine so, uh, i don't really trust them with printed material anymore.

oh, btw, good link. i hadn't heard of these folks, and i'm sure they'll have goodies (crosses fingers -- hopes for radio antenna.)
posted by fishfucker at 12:52 PM on August 7, 2002

cool site - already posted two links - now as the proverbial internet hicks say - the "proof is in the pudding" - any chance it can match the cultish fanaticism of craigslist?
posted by npost at 12:52 PM on August 7, 2002

Coincidence. Was just looking at this on Friday, my face glum at the San Franciscocentrism of it. Wake me up when it's a crazyhuge fad with participants north of the border, will you?
posted by Marquis at 1:06 PM on August 7, 2002

I like readymade! C'mon, it isn't hipsterish unless it has iMac and Beetle ads.
posted by machaus at 1:13 PM on August 7, 2002

To be fair, I don't exactly *dis*like Readymade. It does have a lot of clever ideas, and I'll probably even buy a subscription. I just wish it was a little... grungier? Everyone is so cute and cheerful (not grumpy and sweaty, like I get when I build things) and there's this general feel of pseudo-70's kitschiness that just make me roll my eyes half of the time.
posted by Fenriss at 1:33 PM on August 7, 2002

Yep, mostly what Fstop said: It was started by Burners who either had stuff that others could use or those in need of stuff. I think it's a great idea, personally.

Now, about the SFcentrism, it's there for everyone to use. Start using it in YOUR locality. Tell your friends about it. MAKE it work for you. No need to whine really. Everything has to start somewhere, right? :-)
posted by fooljay at 12:33 AM on August 8, 2002

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