Monday, September 19, 2016

Back in the saddle

I don't know how many times I have tried to start this post. I didn't intend to take such a big break away from the blog, but things kind of snowballed and I just couldn't find anytime to just sit down uninterrupted for a few hours to get started.

Lots of stuff other than garbage has kept me busy these last few months...One of my boys ended up having an accident with his bike. He landed right on his chin, it split open and had to be glued back together. He couldn't really open his mouth, so what everyone thought was a broken jaw, was thankfully just one that dislocated, and luckily quickly popped right back into place.This kept us busy with emergency rooms, dental visits, and a liquid diet for awhile. Then there were the end of the school year graduation ceremonies and concerts, high school orientations, summer vacation with yet another renovation going on, a few garage sales, and day trips with the kids to keep them from being "so booored..." We're a couple of weeks into "back to school" now, so things seem to finally be settling back into a quieter routine again.

Here's looking at some stuff I found way back in the spring...

First we have some cat accessories...

This litter box is new. It still has the $29.99 tag on the front

As is this carrier. I guess maybe someones plans on getting a kitty didn't work out.

We also have a lot of designer clothing...

And some designer Italian men's shoes. I had the name of these written down somewhere, but I can no longer find it, and the shoes have been donated long ago along with the clothing.

Some nice decor for the home...

A cute handmade magazine holder. The person who made it signed and dated the inside.

 A mid century plant stand

A large print

And a record/radio/CD/tape player. The only think wrong with this was that a hinge on it was broken so the lid wouldn't stay open (you can see I'm using a marker to keep it open for the picture), and the media it uses is slightly out of date.

Kitchen stuff...

A cute little toaster that works just fine

A popcorn machine

And another potato bin. The last one I found gave me a bunch of trouble, but I was able to easily unload this one with out a hitch. Phew!

For kids, I grabbed this sweet little chair. It just sat there next to the bins, but when I hopped out of the car to grab it, I noticed that it had a broken off leg. I looked around, but the leg was nowhere in sight. I grabbed it anyways because I have some chair legs down in my husbands work shop that I had grabbed from previous garbage adventures. I'm going to remove these legs and replace them, and it will be as good as new :)

A cute singing and dancing Dora the Explorer doll. The hair on this was quite tangled, but I followed an online tutorial about de-tangling doll hair, and after about 10 minutes she looked great again

I couldn't believe someone threw these out. These are 2 portable blow up camping beds for kids. I set them both up when I got home and they were perfect. If they weren't princess themed I think I would have kept them, but since I only have boys, I was glad to sell them for $60.

Speaking of beds, I also took this fold up cot frame from another pile. Other than missing a mattress, it's in perfect condition. I'm thinking it will come in very handy for camp outs or sleepovers.

And for the bed, we have a nice queen size comforter to stay toasty warm.

I also came across a whole bunch of Christmas lights...

A bag full of rope lights

All working

And some outdoor lighted snowflake decorations

All of them work :)

 I also pulled out of a pile this adorable vintage fold up potty chair. I don't know when this style of potties were used before plastic became the norm. I'm guessing the 1950's ?

While I'm on a roll and nobody is bugging me, I'll keep adding pictures of some more stuff that I would have put in a separate post :)

I found this old barn window in the middle of suburbia. Usually I find them out in the country so this one was a bit out of place. None the less the "Pinterest Ladies" as I call them go nuts for these on my selling board. They turn them into all kinds of "shabby chic" projects...coat racks, picture frames, note boards, etc...

There is nothing wrong with this girls bike, it's just the victim of people moving.

A nice set of cordless phones. I guess these are becoming more obsolete with the use of cell phones.

Duvet covers

A decorative parasol

I had to stop for this has my name written all over it it...literally!

Inside was a bunch of books, and this gem, which I just had to hang on my bathroom door since I live in a house full of boys!

I also found a huge bag full of Christmas decorations at a pile

Which included this package of decorations unopened with the tags still on

and these adorable ceramic angels

Another decoration at a different place was this huge designer wreath from a specialty store near by

There was a cord on it so I plugged it in, and voila!

I also grabbed this fold up laundry rack.

 This 48 bottle wooden wine rack

And these decorative metal scrolls. I think they must have come from a gazabo or a bed frame or something. However, they were out there all alone like this, so there were no other pieces to give me any clues. I figure somebody will buy them if I list them for a good price as either garden or indoor decor.

I also grabbed this awesome chair. There is some wood chipped off on an arm rest, but I think it can be easily camouflaged. It has a very neat look to it, what is it called? 1940's art nouveau? I'm not sure, but I like it :)

I was also surprised to find this awesome play house at the curb. Luckily it was all disassembled so it was easy to grab and load up. All the walls and the roof easily snap together so there were no tools involved in putting it back together either. As you can see, my youngest son was thrilled with it. Even my older 2 were getting inside. I don't know how they all squeezed in there, but they've been having fun in it ever since. It's been a house, a fort, a restaurant, and a pet store. Needless to say, we've been getting some great use out of it.

That's it for this entry, my kids will be getting off the bus soon and I want to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet before they come through that door and all hell breaks loose. :P

Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Trying to catch up

I have really been up to my eyeballs lately. Not only dealing with garbage and selling, but I got a small part-time work at home job as well, so unfortunately, the blog has been a bit neglected lately. Sorry about that!

Let's catch up a bit and take a look at what I managed to save from the curb...

This cute serving tray folds up flat for easy storage.

This very retro looking side table had a matching dresser, but I couldn't get it into my car alone. It was on a fairly busy and curvy road, and it was night time, so I could only safely manage to quickly grab the side table. I ended up selling it for $40, which makes me wonder how much I could have gotten for the dresser. I really hope someone else managed to grab it before the truck came in the morning.

An old canvas print

 A beautiful needle point

And a cute little 3 legged table. The lady at the second hand store said it was snatched up about 5 seconds after I brought it in. :)

This old frame would look nice if it was painted white and given that "shabby chic" look. I don't know yet if I'll do that myself, or just add it to the garage sale pile to sell cheap for someone else to tackle the project

This stereo is now in my son's room above his desk and he listens to it every day while doing his homework 

I stopped to take a look at a desk at one pile, but the condition wasn't great. Inside was an old sticker book. I quickly opened it up and saw a bunch of Nintendo collectors cards inside. Nintendo stuff is always very collectible, so I grabbed it, and at home, managed to get all the cards out with the help of some dental floss.

There was also a page full of these stickers I remember collecting as a kid. Unfortunately, I couldnt get these off the page as they were stuck on.

This beautiful vintage lamp has a really cool lily pad base. The bottom is marked L&L WMC but I have not been able to find an exact match online. I did find out that very similar ones by the same company were listed as being mid-century, so 1950's-60's I guess.  Unfortunately there was no shade with it, but iI did manage to find a well fitting white shade at the second hand store for $3 :)

I also had to stop for this giant tiger who just sat beside the cans guarding them. He is supposed to make roaring sounds, but it seems someone tore out the electronics for it.

I also had to stop for this cute desk. It looks like someone had tried to paint it (and didn't do a very good job, unfortunately) and wanted to modernize the knobs. I didn't have the room to store it at the time, but I took a gamble thinking I could probably sell it quickly, which I did, thankfully, for $75.

From some other spots I pulled out...

This Safari themed bathroom set

 A big box full of CD's

A doggie carrier

 and this doggie carry bag

Also various leads, collars etc... I donated these to a dog rescue that my husbands work is involved with.

 Cute knick knacks

A laminated poster

This thing that takes up almost my entire kitchen floor was a bit of a mystery, but I looked up the brand name that was listed on it and it turned out it is either a motor cycle, skidoo or ATV cover. Not a single rip or tear to be found in it.

a ski ensemble was also in the bag with it, so I'm leaning more towards skidoo.

This rocking chair just has a small chip out of one of the wooden slats. No big deal :) I couldn't leave it to be munched up by the garbage truck, so it now sits on my back deck.

I also grabbed this chair because I liked the look of it.

The legs and general shape of the frame say mid-century modern to me, but I have never seen a chair with a curved back like that. I did ask on a Reddit forum if anyone could ID it and nobody could.

I could tell the cushion wasn't original as it looked too big and "fat". Looking underneath, you can see that it had at least 3 makeovers, and once I removed all that material, I could also see that the original foam cushion had been ripped off the wood. There may also be the faint outline on the wood where a label may have been. I wish the previous owner had left it on as I'd love to know what it said and if it would have told me who made the chair. If anyone reading has any idea, please contact me or leave a comment below.

Anyways, it's back off to work for me. I'll try not to wait so long again for the next entry! Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!