Thursday, August 28, 2014

Been busy!

Wow, It's been just over 20 days since I have posted. We've been really busy trying to cram in as much fun stuff as possible before summer vacation ends. The kids are going back to school in 5 days (hurray!) so life should be getting back to normal again soon.

Being away camping and on day trips meant I missed a few garbage days, and on some days the weather didn't co-operate either. I still managed to get lots of good stuff anyways, so, let's get on with the finds!

About 2 weeks ago my husband came home from work and alerted me to a pile he spotted on the next road over. He told me to just look for the blue desk. It was already getting dark but the pile and blue desk were easy to spot. Here is the whole haul once I brought it into the house...

The reusable bags were in a box, so that came in really handy when I was loading everything up. Here's a look at all the stuff inside. I think this was a landlord clearing out the house after the tenants left all this behind. There was cleaning supplies, soaps, lightbulbs, and razors still in the package, toiletries like shampoo, perfume, baby body cream, detangler, sanitary pads, candles, baby food, a web cam and a french Baby Alive doll

 There was also a cute little espresso CafĂ© Latte set

The night light still worked

I thought this was an interesting item. It seems to be a shoe horn or spoon souvenir from the smallest house in Great Britain.

There was also lots of clothing, mainly children's

All washed and folded

I actually sold the blue desk through a virtual garage sale site a few days ago for $15 :)

My next run produced an old type writer and a Logitech computer speaker woofer. I wasn't sure if people still wanted these kinds of type writers, but I saw they were selling them at the second hand store for $20.00, so I guess somebody is buying them!

Next stop had a few crafty things in a bag, there was 2 wood burnt pictures- one an owl and one a hummingbird, a plain wood plaque, 2 complete dominos games (we kept one for camping), a bag of decorative cord and a cut out family of felt.

There was also this cute swatch of fabric in the bag, so I think I might use it to make something for the kids.

At the last stop I picked up 2 old suitcases. A friend of mine takes old suitcases and paints them for her displays at the farmer's market, so she was thrilled to get these. I can't wait to see how they turn out, however I don't think the farmer's market will be running much longer. Anyone else notice how much shorter the days are getting?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Broken Rule

Here is another pick up that has me scratching my head. I spotted a large pile so I went to take a look. This box says "Garbage" on it and was sitting on top of a broken wicker cabinet.

 I looked inside to see what it might contain, and found...

Tonnes of paper!

My kids are having a field day with it, building all kinds of stuff with the fun coloured paper. The note book was pretty much empty too, except for the first few pages which contained a bunch of "Pot Jokes" Click the image to enlarge to read a few.

 You gotta wonder though, why was a box full of paper marked as garbage and put with the garbage instead of with the recycling??

This pink swing and bike helmet were found together on top of another pile...they will be going to the second hand store.

This box of stuff was found almost directly across the street from a donation box :( Why did they choose to throw it out instead of taking a few minutes to walk down the street to throw it in the donation box?

I brought it home to wash it all, and inside was...

A Barbie sheet and pillowcase

A black fleece blanket, and a handmade knitted blanket...

A large piece of fuzzy material, and a fuzzy pillow

The next couple of stops got the following...

Garden planters

This book. It gave me a chuckle, but I'm sure this will come in handy to a senior who still isn't tech savvy.

A cute little CD Radio.
If my husband didn't already have a radio in his workshop, he'd take this one, but I'm sure someone else might want one in theirs!

My son was in the car with me when I spotted this crate, so I pulled up and told him to hop out for me and put it in the van. He didn't roll his eyes and protest as much as I thought he would LOL 

As I've mentioned before, one of my rules is that I don't take any furniture unless it's really something special because I have no room to store it. This time I broke it. I came across a large pile and checked it out. It was mostly dirty baby strollers, car seats, other junk, and a crib. I walked away back to my car and drove off. However, it didn't take me long to turn around and go back for the crib. 

The other baby stuff was gross, but the crib was really nice, could be properly cleaned (it was just a bit dusty), and someone somewhere in need will really appreciate it. It was just too nice to end up in a landfill. So down my seats went, and into the car I slid the crib. Because it's in pieces and flat, at least it will be easy to store and be out of the way until I properly clean it and am able to load up my car on a kid free day to bring a bunch of stuff to the second hand store.

After cleaning out my car the other day, I found this old pair of safety glasses under one of the seats. I had pulled it out of a pile a few months ago and quickly threw it onto my passenger seat, but I guess it ended up falling down and getting under. I forgot all about them until now LOL

And as promised in my last entry, I leave you with a picture of my garden with the Moon Lights on. I love seeing their warm glow at night. One of the lights was burnt out, but last week it mysteriously started working again! I guess the bulb was just a bit loose.