Tuesday, August 26, 2014

French People Throw Away Some Great Stuff

I have mentioned before about heavy trash Tuesday.  It happens once a month in my neighborhood and it is something I put on the calendar.  When the weather is nice people start putting stuff out on Sunday night.  I live in a neighborhood with a mix of houses and apartments.  There is public transportation close by so not everyone has a car. It can be really challenging to get rid of larger pieces of trash here.  Once a month the city will come around and pick up anything that you put on the curb.  The first time we saw this we had just moved here and I was very pregnant.  It broke my heart to see some amazing pieces of furniture going into the back of a trash truck. My mom came and she was a trooper going out and dragging stuff home.  

Here is a sampling of some of the things I have carried home with me.  There are a lot of people out looking for things, but usually the other people looking are not going for the same type of things that I am.  

This planter, the drawers and lampshade were all recent finds.

Of these doors and windows have been dragged home.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them, but I am looking forward to using them one day.  

This random piece with wheels will come in handy one day, I just know it.  The planter is part of a pair that I brought home.  One of these days I am going to buy some flowers to put in it.

This mirror and random piece of a gate make for pretty garden decor.

I carried home this plastic bench and it has been so useful in our yard.  

This door weighs a ton!  Jon is still not convinced that we need to have this, but I just know one day it will com win handy.  

This barrel and magazine rack are mine now too.  The magazine rack is going to get a makeover, the fabric part of it unscrews and I will use it as a pattern for a new insert.  

This bed frame is one of my favorite finds.  I carried home the footboard and rails and then I went back for the headboard with my car.  I looked like an absolute crazy person hauling this home, but when I cleaned it up and put it together I knew I had a find.  Unfortunately we don't have a mattress that fits this bed right now,  it is a European double bed I believe.  One day this bed will get a coat of paint and it will be fabulous.

These windows have been collected over the last few months as well.  

This crate has been cleaned up and brought into the kitchen to hold our extra drinks.  

This little shelf is one of my favorite things.  I can't believe that someone would throw this out!  It is the perfect size to hold our coffee cups.

The back porch holds all of my finds that have yet to find a home.  This window frame is nice and big.  It needs to be cleaned, but then the possibilities are endless.

This wire rack is from our neighbors across the street.  I was watching them from Malachi's window one night and when I saw them bring it out I grabbed Jon and we went and carried it home.  The chairs have been collected in the streets surrounding our house.

This giant frame is awesome, I am looking forward to doing a fun project with this soon too.  

I am so looking forward to September's Heavy Trash Day. 

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  1. I love all your treasures!!! I wish it was that easy to find things like that here.

  2. Oh, my!!! What great saves. Our city no longer allows heavy trash on the curbs - it has to be taken to the landfill. The big red door is my favorite.

    1. I don't think they are going to stop putting trash on the curb here any time soon and I am so thankful!

  3. I'm with Donna--that door is amazing! Hard to imagine all your finds were free--crazy what some people will throw away :)

    1. When I first saw the red door the other side was facing it, and it was just a boring grey. I felt rewarded when I carted this home and spotted the red on the other side.

  4. Our area doesn't have much of a trash day like that as there are two dumps in the area that people usually haul their stuff to. Every once in a while you'll catch someone putting a few items on the curb, but nothing as awesome as these hauls you've collected. How very awesome you have that opportunity! You've amassed some great stuff!

    1. All of the cities around me do this, but on a different day. I am so bummed when I am driving through and see all of the piles of goodies and I don't have time to stop. It is a blessing and a curse to have so many options for fun finds around me.

  5. Wow, you're right, French people DO throw away great stuff! The shelf and crates are terrific, and that door is really interesting. Thanks for joining us at History & Home, I'm featuring this on my Pinterest board this week :)

  6. I can't believe they throw that stuff away! I see so much opportunity in those pieces...really great finds!