Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Best Things in Life are Free

And in my case, usually on the curb.

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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20 comments :

  1. What fun finds! Especially the chair (less the fire ants).
    I also can’t resist checking out what others have left at the curb. On Mondays, I even alter the route of my dog’s morning walk (because that’s trash day) just to get a more relaxed and closer view of the neighbors’ throwaways.

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    1. Thank you Lori! That's a great idea to alter your route on trash days! Hope you find lots of fun things too!

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  2. Holy cow!! Aren't you a lucky picker?!

    I had to laugh about your son, because mine says the same thing to me all too often!

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    1. Yay! That means I'm not the only one who scares my child with my reselling!

      Thanks for stopping by, BeckyKay!

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  3. My mom had that globe in the '80s. Free stuff rocks! I got a free shelf this week.

    My most random finds in one box: Mein Kampf, a bootlegged how to "Wigs for Drag Queens" from the mid 1990s, Bette Midler CDs, books on male escorts & underwear (among other things).

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    1. Free stuff is the best stuff! I need to go look at your shelf now. That is a really random collection of finds there. I have yet to ever find anything like that!

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  4. What great finds and for free too! You are so lucky.

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    1. Thank you so much! Free is always fun!

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  5. Great stuff! It truly IS amazing what people will throw away. I love those alphabet wall hangings -- so cool.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I love those alphabet hangings too! I wish my son were younger so I could hang them in his room. Sadly at 7, he's too cool for them (his words :) )

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  6. Thanks for partying with us last week. We loved your treasures! You make me want to go junking tomorrow rather than show up for work! Please come back on Friday. Craft Frenzy Friday http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! Junking does sound much more fun than work!

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  7. I wish my neighborhood had bulk days! You found some awesome stuff.

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    1. Thank you Anny! (I love how you spell your name, by the way!)

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  8. Oooh, I like that bench. It looks really good at the foot of your bed. A bulk trash day sounds heavenly...I would dig through every can and box in my mid century neighborhood.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I want to live in a mid century neighborhood! If they had bulk trash days there, that really would be heaven!

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  9. Oh I sooooooo love that globe!!!! : ) TFS!!!! hugs...

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    1. Thanks! I do too! I only wish it were mine to work with, and not my son's!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Freebies are the best!

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