Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spring Cleaning - Part 3

Now that the kids are back to school, things are nice and quiet at home giving me some time to better concentrate on my posts. Christmas vacation is great and all, but near the end everyone gets a bit of cabin fever, boredom sets in, and then the fighting starts. Listening to petty arguing, and hearing "Moooom!" yelled a thousand times leaves me counting down the days 'til they go back to school... that's when my Christmas vacation starts :P

So here is a look at all the stuff I picked up during the 3rd spring cleaning weekend. This was a big area, so there was lots of stuff...

I'll start with one of my favourite things, what I like to call surprise boxes (or bags). These are boxes or bags that I peek into and see that there is definitely good stuff inside. Since I try to make my pile stops as quick as possible, I'll throw these into my car quickly to sort through at home.

Here is the surprise box before taking everything out

and here is everything that came out of it...holey moley! 
There were tonnes of tea light candle holders, bonboniere bags, plastic shot glasses, confetti, floating candles, rolls of ribbon and flower candle rings. Everything was still in the packages and/or still had tags attached. I'm guessing this must have been for some kind of party that ended up cancelled.

Other things I picked up included...

This vintage looking thing. I had no idea what it was when I grabbed it, but I knew it looked older, so it came with me.

Once I got home I looked it up online, and it turns out it is an Abu-Roken smoker, mainly used when camping for smoking fish. Here's what is all inside...

I also found a bunch of decorative collectors plates in wooden frames

Lots of books

Dyson vacuum attachments. These were like new so I guess they were thrown out because the owner never used them.

A cute table top water fountain. It works just fine, but a frog had come off. I don't know if this is why they threw it out or not, but I just glued him back on and it was as good as new.

An amazing mid-century lamp

Some hair irons and a brush. I pulled the brush and the bottom iron right out of the original (yet wet and soggy) box. You can see the cord on one iron is still all neatly wrapped up with a tie and a plastic protector is on the prongs of the plug.

Ironically, this is the second "hippy" bear I have found. The last one was also during a spring break clean up I believe.

A funky lava lamp

 A nice little Japanese plate set

Various knickknacks 

A beautiful pair of ladies skates

A man was putting a set of lamps at the curb, so i stopped to check them out. I grabbed these two, and there was also a matching chandelier, but as I looked at it, I noticed two of the glass lamp shades was busted. The guy said "Sorry I broke that one, but the others are good, nothing wrong with them, we just changed some of our lights."

This nice mid-century chair sat by itself at the curb with some garbage cans. 

This old mint green farm window was pretty cute and I knew I would be able to easily sell it to the Pinterest crowd, so into the car she went.

Antique wooden shoe stretchers

Vintage rotary telephones :)

A working popcorn machine

Some school/office supplies still wrapped up

 I grabbed this silver painted vintage frame from a pile, and when I did, I heard a kid (that I didn't know was watching me through the window) yell excitedly "Mom, she's taking the frame!" LOL

At another pile, an old man was sitting in his garage when I went to check out what he was tossing. He told me to help myself to anything I wanted, but there wasn't really anything good except for this cute vintage metal breadbox. When I grabbed it, he said it was a good breadbox and that they don't make them last like that anymore. 

 A very vintage print of some roses

and this oil painting in a gorgeous frame.

I also pulled this guy out of a pile, still wrapped up and unopened...

It's Boaty McBoatface!

Aww.... he's so cute! Why would anyone throw him out?

I also got some misc. jewellery, nothing too exciting or valuable, but not junk.

The watch is new and was still packaged in the bubble wrap and box 

I'll finish off this entry with another surprise bag that I grabbed. Here it is after opening it up at home. That's my dog Barney checking it all out.

Here is what was inside... some big Christmas bear decorations, some angels, and a rustic star. You can see a bunch of other small Santa tree ornaments in the picture above...

And a whole bunch or working lights.

Stay tuned for part 4, the conclusion of my spring cleaning finds, coming soon!
Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!


  1. It just dawned on me that "spring cleaning" is not the kind where you clean your own house from top to bottom after a fierce winter!!! I've been following along on your blog, so I've seen the goods you've been collecting, but I must have glossed over the "spring cleaning" part {as in losing my mind from reading the titles and being impressed by the goods you have amassed!}. Now I understand that it's a time when OTHER people are going through THEIR belongings and sitting them out for others to take. Obviously, you are not like THEM!!! lol You've found some great items. Now, I can look forward to the conclusion now that I have a clue! I'm glad you're making out like a bandit! My mom's community had done something like this. I found a vintage metal flashlight, and I love it! I'm still shy about picking like that, even though that was a deliberate event. I'm even shyer about trash picking. Where I live now, there hasn't been anything sitting next to their trash cans. Maybe all the treasures are INSIDE the cans, and I'm not all that interested in digging through actual trash. Also, businesses in our area are very neat about disposing their stuff. Many use compactors. There's no fun in that, is there!?! Maybe I'll stumble upon a treasure, but for the most part, I just shop the thrift and antique stores. Thanks for sharing your finds with us!

    1. I love scouring the thrift stores as well. In the winter people don`t clean and throw out as much so it gives me my treasure hunting fix :)

  2. Excellent shopping :) love your updates.

  3. Apart from the frame, I love that oil painting with the flowers! Did you sell it?

  4. what a treat to see all these lovely treasures, I would've been jumping up and down at finding the atomic lamp, thank you for the vicarious thrill, lol