Friday, July 11, 2014

Fair trade

Out on another adventure, I came across yet another mirror. It was huge and was in good shape. I knew my friend was looking for a wooden mirror for her bathroom that she was renovating, so I took a chance and loaded it into the car. It took up almost all the room in my car so I decided to drive it straight over to her place as I was going through my route.

On the way to her place, I also picked up an older hanging lamp. It's kind of ugly, with an oiled brass look to it. It was probably really popular in the late 70's - early 80's. The overall design isn't too bad though, and I'm sure with a nice paint job, maybe in white, someone might enjoy it as a modern shabby-chic looking lamp.

Pile number 2 had this old washboard hiding between the bags with a pair of old ski poles. I checked the bags, but they were just garbage. The washboard is quite dirty and dusty, but it should clean up just fine. I love the look of these. I have another glass one and a small metal one as decorations in my bathroom.

At my friends house we unloaded the giant mirror and she asked what I wanted for it. At first I said 10$ but then I felt bad for asking because I know she has given me a few things I have needed before, so I said "Just take it". She remembered that she was going to dig me up one of her tree's seedlings and when we got that into my car I said "There you go a mirror for a tree, sounds fair to me." :)

You can see how big it is by the floor tiles, if those are 12 inch tiles, then the mirror is about 4 1/2 feet wide by about 3 1/2 feet tall

and here is my new tree! Neither my friend or myself know what kind of tree it is, but in the spring it has huge grape-like clusters of fragrant white flowers that the bees and butterflies go crazy for. It's a really beautiful tree and I hope this one starts flowering soon!

On the way home I came across my third Christmas tree. This one looked really realistic and bushy, but I couldn't find the feet for it anywhere in the pile. I grabbed it anyways because it looked so nice. As I was driving I was wondering what I was going to do with it, or if I would be able to find a new stand for it, when I got an idea....

This winter the juniper tree that I had at the corner of my house died. I don't know what happened to it as it had survived two winters before, but this winter it just turned brown. I thought I saw some green coming back in the spring, and tried to give it a chance to come back, but it just wouldn't. It was one of my favourite trees, so I was quite upset at losing it.

These days people are doing fake plastic grass, so I thought, why don't I do a fake plastic tree? Here is my poor brown dead tree...

and here is the spot with the tree removed and the Christmas tree put in it's place.

I don't think it looks too bad! My husband didn't even notice when he came home, and when I led him back outside and asked him if he noticed anything different, it still took him forever to even notice. So, I'll be keeping it planted and we'll see what happens.

The next day I went out grocery shopping with the kids and saw a garbage pile out on a small country road when it wasn't garbage day. There was a box with a bunch of "junk", and a garbage bag on top of a garbage can with some clothing hanging out of it.

Here is all the stuff sorted

There is a stack of computer games, including a Windows 98 Disk, various small knicknacks that will go to the second hand store such as a candle holder, a keychain digital suduko game, mouse pad, calculator, small picture frames, flashlight, shot glass, lanyard, a first aid kit, 2 Pepsi hacky sacks, highlighters and a glass photo frame which had a participation certificate in it with the dumpers name on it.

These were the nicer items...

The item with Mary on it has a prayer on the back of it

I thought the sunglasses would have been horribly scratched up, but there was only one tiny, fine line across the top of one of the lenses, it wasn't even noticeable or in view when the glasses were put on.

There was also some Playstation stuff that I'll be able to sell to the guy who buys my comics

This was the clothing before...

and now it's all washed, folded and ready for the second hand store.

Today, driving around with the kids, I found yet another treasure sitting by the curb...A croquet set!

The bag was a bit dusty and has some spider webs across it so I didn't know what to expect inside...

Brand new, never used! I've never played croquet, but maybe this summer I'll start!


  1. Hi! I really like that copper light fixture. Instead of painting it, maybe you could try advertising it on Craigslist (or wherever) as a Midcentury copper swag lamp. Midcentury's a magic word for a lot of people; I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I didn't live in Arizona!

  2. Thanks for your comment Grs! That's an interesting idea, we use Kijiji more up here. I think I'm just going to drop the lamp off at the second hand store though so I don't have to store it :)