Saturday, July 26, 2008

They Think It's Garbage, I think it's treasure

Thrifty is one thing but free..... is another.

Thrift stores are full of undiscovered treasures but people's garbage can yield some wonderful finds. What some people consider garbage can be perceived by others to be useful artwork. Consider the item below. Someone threw this cabinet away.

My friends husband found this in the garbage. This beautiful little cabinet would have made it's way into a landfill. Instead it has found a home in the corner of their den.

Below is an old umbrella/coat rack that was also found in the garbage. My friend's hubby was kind enough to give it to me!! Thanks Joe!

It's made of solid Oak and has carved pieces on the face. It also has a small box on the front for hidden items....

I have it in a long hallway that joins the garage. It's very handy to have for someone coming through the garage door.

I'm so glad someone thought this was junk, it's a beautiful and functional piece.

I have to admit that I'm a bit shy about pulling in front of someone's house and going through their garbage....ok.....I really won't do that, but if there is something I see and like, I'm stopping.

Here is the problem.......I may be running out of room!

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  1. Oh, what beautiful garbage! Those are great finds.

  2. Wow, I can't believe someone would throw those out! I love that hall tree! A lot of people around here where I live have started putting things on the curb with a "Free" sign on them. I found some nice stuff!

  3. I was going to big is your house? You always have such cool stuff, there's just so much!

  4. The hall tree is breath-taking!

    It's truly amazing what people will throw away. Where we live, people put things in the alley to throw away, and even then, I feel really self-conscious picking something. But, it's how I found three windows for decorating my living room with.

  5. It is really hard to believe, but people actually throw great stuff out! Their loss, my gain.
    My house is pretty big and I would love to buy a smaller one. The maintainence is so much work. I definately have too much stuff. I just can't resist a challenge. Maybe one day my kids will leave (huh?) and I'll be able to get rid of some of this stuff.

  6. Hi,
    I can't believe what some people will throw away. The hall tree is probably worth a good bit...too much to throw in the trash.

    I've seen ones go for as high as 1200 dollars in antique stores!

  7. I just love all the stuff you do, and being given that hall tree ...
    a dream come true. Carol

  8. your ideas are so creative and inspiring!! YOU ROCK!