Grandpa’s Basement

New Englanders are from a frugal tradition.

If you forget something, or are short a nail or a bottlecap, you can’t just hop on the Mayflower for a quick resupply trip to the Bigbox store back in Plymouth. That Plymouth, England to Playmouth, Massachusetts trip took sixty-six days.

The Great Depression drove frugal habits deep into the psyches of millions of Americans.

“Waste not, want not. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without…”

Here are four photographs from a New Hampshire basement shop.

The photos show that frugality is not dead.


Save your jars.

Screw the lids to a board.


Store things in the jars.


Store things in the jars.


What’s in the jars will stay clean and dry.

Just think how many sandwiches all that peanut butter made!


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