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Sunday, April 3, 2011

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure.

My dear daughter is the original American Picker. She shopped the Goodwill and Thrift stores when they were not the popular places to bargain hunt. Her talent for spotting a diamond in the rough is unprecedented.

Each April our fair city holds it's annual Spring Cleanup. Once a week you can discard all of your unwanted items curbside and the city picks them up for free.

It has become a public free-for-all, if it's out on the curb then it's free for the taking. Everyone understands if you help yourself to the freebies then be courteous enough to make sure the remainder is left in an orderly fashion, and not strewn haphazardly across the home owner's lawn. We call it 'ditch-diving'.

My daughter has 'picked' endless useful items throughout the years, it's almost unbelievable what people will discard.Today, she spotted this antique hall tree laying at the curb. A beautiful piece of history, tossed aside.

It now has a new home, and will be well -loved.

18 comments:

Milah said...

She sounds exactly like my daughter! But I gotta tell you she has a lovely home with all the treasures she's found. Now my grand son whose almost five is starting to salvage things...it's too cute!

Sharon said...

WOW! Great pick! How could anyone get rid of that?

HEATHER said...

OH my gosh!!! I am pea-green with envy! That is gorgeous!!

Clipped Wings said...

What a find! Lovely. I adore antiques.

Barbara Anne said...

What a great, unusual, and useful piece of history! You have a coat rack, a hat rack, a mirror to check your appearance, and an umbrella stand all in one lovely piece. What a wonderful find!

Well done!!!

Hugs!

Sunny said...

It's a amazing what people discard! What a wonderful find.
☼ Sunny

Meredith said...

That is a great idea, glad you liked the find.

Doc said...

I bet she would love to pick at Menagerie Manor. Three + attics full of history and the interior looks like a museum and me only interested in the gardens. Oh well!

Cassie said...

That is such a neat looking hall tree. You are so right about one man's trash being another's treasure. My son and his wife used to buy duplexes & houses and fix them up and at least half the cabinets,sinks,bathtubs and light fixtures were found items from the uncontained trash pickup. I was always amazed at what folks disgarded.

AshTreeCottage said...

Fabulous find! I cannot imagine anyone tossing that lovely hall tree out. Perhaps someone knew it would go to the perfect home!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Stew said...

A beautiful find.
Around here, we have a weekly swap. We put our discards out with the trash every week, the night before collection. The scrappers make their rounds as well as the bargain hunters. Anything that's left in the morning gets picked up by the trashman.

Gaston Studio said...

Can't even imagine someone tossing that gorgeous hall tree to the curb! Your daughter is lucky she spotted it first. Had I been there, we'd still be playing tug of war, lol!!

phylliso said...

We have the same thing in our small town.It`s alot of fun driving up & down trying to find something to take for free.I can`t imagine anyone discarding that hall tree,thank goodness that your daughter saved it,phyllis

Rebecca said...

Incredible!

Sandra said...

i am stunned someone would put that out on the curb. my husband and i often say we could furnish a whole house with what people put out on the curb. really nice things, chairs and sofas, my desk chair came from our neighbors trash pile. it breaks my heart to see what people put out and let the rain destroy it instead of calling goodwill to pick it up. here we can put our things out any day, they come once a week to pick up. we see whole houses of furniture where people walk away and leave it and the landlord puts it all out. this is a real find and i love it

Roxie said...

If the folks in your neighborhood throw away things like that hall tree, I suprised the pickers aren't getting into fist-fights over the treasures!

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

A Treasure to Admire!

Steven Cain said...

Nice find!