trash to treasure

Oscar the grouch style

  1. Dana-v

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    A vintage croquet set! The mister wouldn't stop, so I had to sneak back later. Luckily, it was still there. Sadly, my mister doesn't share my love for curbside finds.

  2. Averill

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Whow!!! I wish we had that kind of curbside treasure around here….

    Trying to remember the last dumpster diving find…but I think it was a couch for my in-laws when we were in FL! 🙂 (They're big fans of frugal/free shopping.)

  3. stylewannabee

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    You two must have a blast. It has been ages since I found anything worth taking on the curb. Last thing I remember almost taking was a TV antena for the roof.

  4. Jennifer

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I actually haven't done this … not that I WOULDN'T, just haven't been tempted yet!

  5. Emily

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Gosh, where do you live?! How could you NOT pick those items up?! I'm not as much as a curb person as I am a craig's list person…and the man's not a fan when he sees the "before's" but when he see's the "after's" he's often pleased. (The hard part is having enough time getting those finds to the "after"!)

  6. Mrs. Chic

    June 8th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    What two great chairs you found!! I wish our trash days in our area were this cool! People are only getting rid of their junk – lol – I'm guessing most people donate thier items around here + we always get flyers about a donation day

  7. cassie @ hi sugarplum!

    June 8th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I would have no hesitation about picking something up…but I never find anything! You have some serious good luck scaveraging. (i think i just made that word up!)

  8. Kris {The Freestyle Mom}

    June 8th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This curbside trash concept has me confused! The only curbside trash in these parts is tucked inside big old garbage cans. I don't think people can get away with leaving furniture at the curb and having the trash haulers take it away. I don't think they get out of their trucks for anything. Maybe it's a regional thing? (and possibly a reason to move!)

  9. Beth

    June 8th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I have a friend who checks the curb for tossed furniture every weekend … he has collected some really lovely pieces of furniture — a beautiful armoire comes to mind!

  10. ERIKA

    June 8th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    not too shabby…pun intended 🙂 i found some outdoor toys for the kiddos, but hardly ever come upon treasure like this!

    i think it's hilarious that your husband now takes part with you!

  11. Blueprint Bliss

    June 8th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I'm so impressed that you have so many curb options! I never see things around here. Except for a bar cart that I found one day that is great.

    But I would pick up something in a heartbeat!

  12. Moxie Maley

    June 8th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Love the chairs! Great finds!

  13. The Brick Cottage

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Man, good finds! We don't have trash days like that in our neighborhood.

  14. Oonafey

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    So jealous! That is some good shit! My fiance used to bring home good stuff all the time when we lived in our 800 sq. ft. house. Now that we have three times that to fill, he says we have too much stuff! Where's the logic in that?

  15. Renee (

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Wow I'm totally jealous! Those are some great finds! I wish my neighbours would start getting rid of old chairs!

  16. Lynett

    June 9th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    You guys are hilarious! I'm so jealous!! I go running around my neighborhood scoping the neighbors dumps and I have yet to find anything of value. Love the chair that's on top of the dresser. Great lines!

  17. 芸茂

    June 9th, 2010 at 2:40 am

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  18. Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors

    June 9th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Jeez Frickin' Louise- we never have "trash" like that around here! You need to have a post dedicated to all the fabulous afters for those treasures. I have been looking for a dresser like that for my son's apartment.

  19. Kristen @

    June 9th, 2010 at 4:29 am

    You picked up some great stuff!! We don't have people that put stuff out where I live but I know if I went to the city I could probably find some things! Which I will once I have room for them!

  20. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Why don't I ever find anything good along side the curb? The best thing I've ever found was some empty boxes when I was getting ready to move.

    Looking forward to your updates to the pieces.

  21. Courtney @ Project Pretty

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    When I first saw the picture in the beginning of this post I was like What the heck?!?.. lol But I can relate.. we did this a lot when we lived in Ohio.

  22. Stephanie Sabbe

    June 9th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    those two are awesome! I grabbed a free chair today from Craig's List. If I had a garage I would be out of control. Can't wait to see where they end up!

  23. Pemberley

    June 9th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    People don't throw stuff out on the curb here. However I have so many childhood memories with my mother, slamming the breaks on when she saw a good pile. As a pre-teen my sister and I would slump down in the seat so no one would see us.

  24. Revival

    June 9th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    You can totally cover that chair yourself! Love your finds! I am always on the hunt…..

  25. Danielle Sigwalt

    June 9th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I am known as the trash lady because of all the things I have found from the trash and refurbished. Most recently was a cane chair that I plan on spray painting black. Have fun with all of your projects! I know I enjoy mine, but boy my garage doesn't…it's packed.

  26. Risa West

    June 9th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    we don't have a big space so i've had to "curb" my collecting of furniture, etc. i haven't picked up anything on the side of the street, but the free section of craigslist in DC has been where i go to find stuff

  27. Jenn

    June 9th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I *love* picking stuff up from our neighborhood curbs! The latest is a couple PERFECT bentwood chairs. Also recently, and my favorite, is a gorgeous huge farm table.

  28. Sara @ Russet Street Reno

    June 9th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Wow, no one in my neighborhood ever throws away things like this! I'm so jealous.

  29. Mark Jill Trevor Sophie

    June 9th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I hope you repost photos…I'm interested in redoing a chair or two and would love to see your end results. Plus, let me know any tricks you may or may not discover!
    Thank you!!


    June 9th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    What a lucky lady to find such good trash pile treasures! I wish my neighbors would throw out more vintage chairs for me to reupholster!

  31. Bromeliad

    June 9th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    My bed frame . . . . and lots of other things.

  32. MyLittleHappyPlace

    June 10th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    It's crazy to me that people throw away furniture – at least donate it, people! Oh well, their loss, your gain, right?
    Wish I could plan a fun, trash-snag run sometime soon!

  33. From Me To You

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This is amazing. You are a woman after my own heart! What great treasures!!! I got my vintage drinking cart off the trash on 96th street, lol. If I had space and a house I'd be doing lots of great projects like this. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!

  34. LindsB

    June 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    The thought of you and Jon trying to pick that up from the street is cracking me up. Great finds!!

  35. The mad woman behind the blog

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Love the chairs and OMG, we had that table. Dad kept his cigars in it and we had a horrid brass lamp that sat on it. I think my mom discarded in the mid 80's!

  36. lauren @ gathering moss

    June 11th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    my husband and i stopped in the pouring rain to grab one of those entryway storage bench/hook combo things from pottery barn last spring. we had just picked up our wedding invitation envelopes from the calligrapher, so i had to balance all the boxes on my lap for the thing to fit in the car!

    i've gotten so bad (or is it good?) at collecting things that one of my husband's business partners snagged an awesome rocker off the side of the road because he thought i would like it…and i do 🙂

  37. sanjeet

    June 12th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    You two must have a blast.
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  38. Hello Lover...

    June 14th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Great finds – my husband and i take things from the garbage as well. It's always funny when people are like oh I like that – where did you get it. And then I tell them it's from the garbage.

  39. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

    June 17th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I just came across your blog and I am loving it! My dream is to become an interior designer, so I'm really impressed that you've taken the plunge! I actually just picked up a chair, much like the turquoise and lime one, but in MUCH worse shape! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

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