Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Forgotten Folder

I can not wait for it to warm up, winter is driving me nutty... just when most of the ice and snow has melted, I woke up today and and saw that the world was covered in a fresh coating of ice again. Ug. A few weeks ago I fell on some ice and ended up with a black and blue sprained my wrist. That kind of put a damper on my driving and picking, and it's made me fearful of slipping again.

I was just looking through some of my photo folders and it seems I forgot to post a few pictures from last summer, so if you notice all that nice green grass in some of them, you'll know why :) Oh, I can not wait to see you again green grass! Soon I'll be doing some runs with the windows down, feeling that breeze, and listening to the birdies chirping. I can't wait :)

So here are the pics from that forgotten folder...

A Barbie bike that was in almost perfect condition. It looked so good that I almost felt like I was stealing this. I couldn't believe it was being tossed, but it was clearly out with a few other outdoor toys and the rest of the other garbage.

A nice glass patio coffee table

 Grapevine Christmas stars

2 vintage kids desks

Some prints

This perfectly wrapped papasan chair. It seems it was wrapped up for a move, or maybe storage. I can only guess that once the people brought it into their house, that they couldn't find a spot for it that fit and just decided to put it at the curb instead. It boggles the mind. Anyways, I kept it wrapped up and gave it to my sister in law who ended up moving into her own apartment and needed some furniture.

This adorable play cube

A pristine pair of girls Barbie skates, a set of 4 bowls still in the box, and a pair of boys shoes with the tags still on them. They were the perfect size and I thought to myself "Thank you! I won't need to buy my kid indoor shoes for school this year!"

Another Dyson Ball vacuum. This is the second one I have found now. I have no idea why this was tossed... as you can see the bin is halfway full because I tested it around the house and it works fine. I do have to say that the ball does make the brush head turn in all kinds of directions which felt odd, it felt a bit floppy and weird compared to a regular vacuum. I wasn't crazy about the way it handled, so maybe the person who tossed it wasn't either and just decided to go back to a standard vacuum. Who knows...

A nice wooden file cabinet

A huge tribal mask wall decoration

2 amazing retro chairs

2 sad looking plants that I nursed back to health. I hate seeing plants thrown out, especially in the winter when they are sure to die. They are living things and it makes me feel terrible to see them tossed in the trash. My living room is full of plants that I have saved. I really have too many, so I might sell some of them at my garage sales this year. I've kind of become attached to them though, so we'll see ;)

This plant wasn't real, but I grabbed it anyways because it looked great

Once I got it home, I found this tag nestled among the leaves. Quite an expensive piece of trash!

2 bags full of baby and kids clothes waiting to get washed and donated

A nice vintage cross stitch

A door way jumper for babies

 Unused make up

A pair of plant stands. Despite my many plants, I didn't need these, so I donated them :)

And this adorable hand painted chest. I know a lady who has taken in and raised orphaned racoons, so I knew she was the perfect person to give it to :)

That's all for this entry :) If you're keeping your face up to the sun to stay warm, don't forget to look around for all those treasures, and happy picking!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning - Part 4: The conclusion!

Spring 2017 is just around the corner and here I am still blogging about last years finds... I'd better get cracking before this years spring cleaning happens! This last township area was rather small so there are only a few finds that came out of it, but I'll also add in some more stuff from the end of 2017 to fill it up a bit :)

 We'll start with this cute little fish tank set up. My husband is a bit of a fish and aquarium expert, so he checked it out and everything was good and working :)

 I thought this little vintage stool was just adorable

This box of Christmas lights

All bulbs inside were intact

They all worked and are now along the roof edge of my porch :)

A big heap of boys clothes and shoes getting ready for a wash

These 2 beautiful vintage christening gowns. No rips or stains on either of them.

This tiny old cross stitch man. The material he was stitched on was a bit stained from age, so I got it out of the frame, soaked it in some Oxyclean, and it turned out perfect.

I sold the following 2 vintage type writers to a collector, they were both in beautiful condition.

This frame is huge, but since my van wasn't that full, I threw it in. With a nice coat of white paint it would make a great prop for a photographer :)

This macrame decoration is kind of hideous, but I grabbed it anyways. I donated it and it went pretty quickly at the second hand store so I guess someone loved it :)

This working Transformers Bumblebee blaster gun made a kid really happy.

A stand for guitars that collapses and folds up for easy storage

A cool vintage coat rack

And that was all for that area... so in order to catch up a bit, here are more finds from the end of the year.

A vintage Vita Mix blender. I looked this thing up online and apparently these were/are the kings of blenders and sell for a pretty penny. I plugged it in to test it, and holy cow, is it was powerful!

Another great old farm window

Some brand new camping/canoeing accessories. The thing on the left is a strap that attaches to your wrist and then to an oar so you don't accidentally lose it. and the thing in the package is a waterproof bag.

I stopped for this chair in the middle of busy traffic because I liked the funky mid-century look of it. Turns out it's an Adrian Pearsall lounge chair. Unfortunately, someone painted the teak base of it white, but you can see the beautiful wood through some paint chips. I'm still not sure if I'm going to tackle removing the paint or selling it as it is for someone else to do.

This rug was at a move out pile, as you can see there is nothing wrong with it (ignore the mess, we were renovating that room at the time).

A cool vintage puzzle map of Canada.  

A juicer that I gave to my sister in law

This fantastic old clock made of a piece of leather. The hands were broken and all floppy, but I found out online how to fix it and now it works great :)

A box chock full of Lego. Soup can for scale :)

This metal wall decoration still in the box

I found this huge 42.5" w x 31" h framed print sitting by the garbage cans. I thought it was cute and I called it "The Ooga Booga Boys". Since I am a mom of 3 boys, I thought it would be perfect for our renovated family room, and I hung it right on the wall over the couch.

This little rocking horse has buttons in it's ears that when you press them, they make clop-clop and horse noises. 

A Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner that just needed a good cleaning as it was losing it's suction.

 A complete tank set up and accessories for a turtle

A vintage Plasson chair

And this old religious wall hanging. I'm not sure what this type of object is called, but I am assuming it was once in a church. If anyone can give me some info about it, I'd love to hear it :)

This is how it looked when I got it home, all dusty and grungy

and once it was cleaned up and hung on my wall

Inside are some accessories. I'm not sure what some of them are, I know what the cross is obviously, and I assume the bottle had holy water in it. What was the plate used for? There are the initials JHS engraved on the plate as well. What do they mean? 

6 prints of what look to be abandoned buildings

A cool looking old trunk

A pair of baby books that look like they are still brand new. I don't think these were ever read. Perhaps they weren't religious and  received them as a gift.

Some battery powered lamps

Yup, they work!

A bean bag game

And yet another box of Lego.

A nice wooden shoe rack

A large standing candleabra 

A cool vintage decanter set

Poor Dracula got trashed, so he ended up on my porch for Halloween

An Elvis cassette collection 

A cute snowman bowl still in the box 

At one pile I stopped at, I found this. I had no idea what it was at the time, but it was all carefully wrapped up with it's hardware, so I took a chance and brought it home.

Without any instructions, it was like putting together a puzzle where you didn't know what the picture was, but after about an hour and a half,  I finally ended up with this...a 5 foot tall doll house.


Not just for dolls apparently! LOL

 A cute princess dress up costume

An industrial looking desk set

A pair of beautiful mid century Krug chairs

 They both had London Life inventory tags underneath them, so I guess they were once in their offices.

 Yes, even more Lego. 

2 vintage prints of New Orleans. I gave these to my sister in law as she visits there often because that's where her daughter lives.

Another cool looking mid century chair 

Car ramps

Patio chairs. I sat in these all day when I had my garage sale and they were very comfy :)

Some art

A cool wheeled trunk/suitcase

A large dog crate

A cute little retro side table 

2 Santas ready to hold your wine

More like new books (and a photo frame)

and seriously? Another potato bin!

There we go, I think that should be enough for this entry. I think I'll only have one or 2 more posts before I'll finally be all caught up again.

Spring is just around the corner and people are getting ready to do clean ups, so keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!