A while back I did a post on curbside rescues. I showed some pix of things that my friends and I have been finding by the side of the road on trash day.
So many of you were amazed. I thought I'd do a follow-up post on our most recent findings.
A whitewashed oak entertainment center with glass doors, two drawers and shelves - all in perfect condition.
A pine chest of drawers - also in mint condition. This one was found with a matching dresser and nightstand, but there was no more room in the truck so we were forced to leave it behind.
We went bananas when we saw this one. A solid pine roll top desk WITH the matching chair. Other than a few knicks and scratches, nothing wrong with this set either.
In this same pile was this adorable rocking horse - it measures two feet long. Hand-painted, hand-carved!!! We listed it on Craig's List the very next day and sold it within hours!
This next one is one of my favorites. It's just a little vintage folding chair, but I absolutely LOVE the bones. So unique!
There was a huge rainstorm the day we picked this up, so there was a little water damage on the top, but after googling, we were able to get the stains off with an iron and a cloth napkin - who knew?
It's an antique stereo cabinet. Lots of space inside. Wouldn't this be great fixed up as a wide screen tv console????
Shall I keep going???
An adorable girl's twin headboard - looks like it was hand-painted on the top.
A really old, but really sweet wall curio. It was covered in cobwebs when we snatched it up, but with a little Murphy's Oil Soap and Old English it came out good as new.
A cute little maple end table.
A newer secretary-style computer desk with slide-out keyboard drawer. Absolutely mint condition!
A flame-stitch Queen Anne wing chair. Now people, we only grabbed this one because we knew the guy who lived there. We normally stay away from anything upholstered.
An oak veneer single bowl vanity. Only thing missing here was the hardware. The gentleman was nice enough to come out of his house and help us load it into his truck. Now keep in mind, I had just come from church so I was dressed pretty nice. Imagine what that man must have been thinking!!!!
How about one more???
Another entertainment center. Great shape with glass doors and storage a-plenty!
Now you are probably wondering where I'm putting all of this stuff? Well, funny you should ask! My friend and I just rented a storage unit and spent the better part of last weekend moving things out of my garage. Hubs is SO glad to have his mancave back and I now have a place to go after treasure-hunting, which probably makes the neighbors happy as well.
So what do you think?? I honestly would like to know. During tough economic times, is it wrong to take something that's "free" and try to make some money? Like most of you, I am a Christian stay-at-home mom. The last thing I want to do is give the impression that I'm taking advantage of people. However, alot of work goes into this "hobby". Regardless of their condition, everything needs a good cleaning and there's always the occasional drawer repair or wood putty. I seriously would like your thoughts.
We all have our own impressions of "trash-pickers", myself included. Hubs is still getting used to the fact that his wife is out "working" a few nights of the week picking up trash. Thing is, I don't see it as trash. These are treasures! And by no means are we opening up trash bags and rooting through garbage. This stuff is literally sitting by the curb just waiting to be picked up. There hasn't been a single time where we haven't come home with a piece of furniture. Not one time!! Are you amazed??
It has also turned into a somewhat full-time job. I have been cleaning, snapping pictures, listing and making appointments non-stop. I am contributing to the family income, which is something I've been struggling with for quite some time. And, I absolutely LOVE it! There is a thrill that comes with this "job". You truly never know what you are going to find.