Way before capitalism reached us, most folks in Central and Eastern European countries didn’t have access to the latest household items or fashion that was readily available in their Western-European counterparts or the US. Even before the communist era, the Slavs never really lived in abundance, due to to many geopolitical factors. However, this gave ground to an interesting phenomena that’s also seen in Cuba, outside of Europe.
Our parents and grandparents were raised in an age where things were never used ONLY for one purpose, then thrown away. Most of the stuff was inherited or deemed multipurpose, and there was this fear of damaging newly bought things.
Both of my grandmothers still insist on keeping see-through foil on their TV remotes like so:
Nowadays, DIY has gotten really popular in the west and you have sites that teach you how to re-purpose things, like the metal cookie box – like we don’t already know those are sewing kit containers.
Scroll down for some of the best, and funniest (!) examples of Do It Yourself in the Slavic region. And yes, you CAN try this at home!