I used to be annoyed by the scavengers who would drive through our neighborhood on bulk trash week. They would rummage through everyone's discards, leave a huge mess behind, and end up taking something like a piece of rebar.
But now I've realized, if you can't beat them, join them!
Although I never make a mess. I usually end up leaving the pile cleaner than I found it. People really need to organize their trash piles better...
The people in my neighborhood will toss out the most random, and sometimes wonderful things! I love driving or walking around on the last weekend of the month, searching for treasures. Sometimes it's a flop, and I find only bags full of lawn clippings. But other times, I've found some fun things, and I'll share those today.
I couldn't believe that someone tossed these out. It's a set of four vintage wooden wall hangings, featuring all the letters of the alphabet. Some are worn, but it just adds to the vintage look. The drawings are so cute!
The same house had tossed out this vintage growth chart. I had planned on taking a better picture, but it sold the other day, so I'm relying on this zoomed in version. It was in great shape and so sweet! Again, why would you toss this out?
I found this pressed back chair a couple of months ago, and yes, from the same house! I picked it up and discovered the hard way that fire ants were crawling all over it. But they're gone now, and I'm in the middle of revamping it. I've painted it a glossy white, and I'm considering dipping the legs in a bright colored paint, but I haven't decided yet.
If you haven't noticed a trend yet, you'll probably catch on now. This vintage globe was also from that house. I'm getting a little tempted to just go sit on their curb and wait for the treasures to come out! My son spotted this and carefully carried it home. When I picked it up the other day to take a picture, his face suddenly looked horrified. "You're not selling it, are you?" he anxiously asked. I assured him I wasn't, but apparently I have a reselling problem! Nothing is safe from my antique booth!
And finally, something not from the house of treasures. I was at an estate sale recently and noticed this white thing marked 'free' in the garage. I didn't know what it was, but it was nice solid wood, so I claimed it. I found out it was a headboard at one point that the owner sawed in half and turned into a sort of bench. Unfortunately, it was broken into two pieces. Hence the blanket covering the back. The back leg section is broken off and I have yet to put it back together. For now, it's wedged tightly into place and fits perfectly at the foot of my bed.
I've found other great finds as well. I picked up a little white bookcase that I'm storing my thrifted finds in before putting them in the antique booth. My mom actually found two American Girl dolls on someone's curb! We knew the neighbors, so we knew they were safe and clean enough to take. I've found vintage books as well, which just seem like a horrible thing to throw out! I've passed up lots of furniture like beds, dressers, desks, and more, simply because I had no need or room for them. I let some other person pick them up and enjoy them!
So don't be afraid to look in the trash piles that people put out. Just be sure to be polite, and don't leave behind a mess.
If you've found any great things lately, be sure to share!
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