10 March 2011

FREE stuff.....

Flowers bloomin',
Trees bustin' out all over....
Pollen tickling my sinuses.....
of course,
"April showers".....
the first week of March....

BIG storms were predicted for our area yesterday....
Clouds loomed heavy all morning....
I scurried around trying to accomplish all sorts of things before the
onslaught of rain, hail, lightening, thunder...

you get the picture.

And, as I rounded the bend in the parking lot in our community,
my peripheral vision caught something 
on the curb, surrounded by trash cans.....
(they call them buckets now don't they?)
on it's side, as if thrown by someone disgusted...
was a lid to a old wooden shipping chest.
You know the type, rounded top, with splats
of wood securing the top.

(and by now, you are aware that the FREE stuff is for me...sorry)
I did what any mother of 3 college aged boys does...
parked my car, and non-chalantly,
(or more precisely, as slowly as I could manage)
 strolled over to have myself a "look-see".
Not only did I find a dirty, but perfectly intact,
lid/top but I found the bottom too!
I saw that underneath this discarded trunk
was a piece of furniture,
in pieces....
I picked up the trunk, placed the top on the bottom,
put them off to the side,
and tried to assemble the 
much to my surprise (and delight)
when things started to come together,
I had found a discarded
mirrored vanity.

Realizing that there would be no way for me to carry this discovery home,
I carried the trunk, which fortunately did not stink,
back to my house, and fired up the FIT,
put the back seat in the full and upright position
and drove over to pick up my 

Getting this FREE stuff inside was made much easier 
by the fact that it was in numerous pieces,
each of which was manageable...

I had, and have no real idea where these things will ultimately 
land, so I brought them just inside the front door....

What do you think?

Pretty good for the amateur picker...

The wallpaper that is inside is old and peeling (obviously)
and I think I will be able to easily remedy that...

The painting on the floor is simply waiting for the vanity to 
get itself out of the way, so it can be re-hung.

the mirror is intact, beveled, and apparently
custom made since it is uneven, oddly shaped....

The drawers were really very clean, and only need a bit 
of furniture polish to make them shine...

As you can see from some of the photos,
the top has some water damage and that 
is probably the reason for the trash day expulsion...
But my sweetie came up with a perfect 
solution....a piece of marble,
cut the size of the top,
placed just so...will make this find nearly perfect.

Wonder what next weeks trash will hold?


  1. I Love it!!! I also love imagining all the treasures both held at one time! We got our vanity that way and I still have it but it needs another updating. We found some pictures of a Nun and bible pages in ours - so I picture a Nun sitting in front of the mirror - kind of nice....

  2. Oh my gosh Ellen! Wow, what a great roadside find you had there! It is in such great shape too! Can't wait to see when you have it finished and in it's new space in your home! Way to go Girl!!


  3. Great finds!

    I don't have any use for more "treasures" so I haven't looked in a long time, but over the years I've found some great things other people have put out in the trash.

    (When we bought our bedroom set from an older lady in Hubby's neighborhood, both dressers came covered with a large piece of marble-which they wear to this day)

  4. Love it! It will beautiful with a little polish and a keen eye. I watch Pickers whenever I get a chance. It's amazing what they find in old garages and back rooms.

  5. UPDATE!
    The vanity has been secured with a couple of brackets in the back....and a bit of glue in the cracks, and has been relocated to the guest room as a nightstand.
    The trunk is in the upstairs hallway awaiting some new interior wallpaper....Very happy about this....smiles.

  6. Great finds! Have a great weekend! xo

  7. LOVE the idea of marble on top!! It will be a beautiful piece!

  8. I'm really stunning by that trunk – I almost paid $150 for a nearly identical one at an antique store a few months ago. Well spotted! :) – g

  9. Ah, my pulse quickened as you showed us your finds. I used to love town pickup day....an annual day when the trash people would pick up ANYTHING. My siblings and I are accomplished 'dumpster divers'. Great, great finds, Ellen!

  10. Anne-I hope your weekend has been Fun, too!
    Pranavam-thank you for your visit!
    Traci-I hope I can find a reasonable piece of marble,any suggestions?
    Georgianna-I too have seen these trunks with a hefty price tag, go figure?
    PJ- I had a feeling you might be someone who would join me on my junkin trips...
    Thank you all! Great weekend to you!


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