It seems the economic meltdown hasn’t stopped people from discarding valuable items. I was on the prowl recently for good bagged composting leaves and ended up picking up all this stuff people put out for bulky garbage collection:
Six 75-foot long soaker hoses. These were all in one giant pile in front of a house in the next block. I tested a couple out and it appears there is nothing wrong with them. Just a couple weeks ago I bought a pair of these at Sam’s Club. Unfortunate timing, but I will eventually find a good spot for all of them. At Home Depot yesterday I priced this long variety at around $14 for each one! What luck!!
A 10-foot section of steel edging. I continually buy this product at Lowe’s as I work my way around the front landscape beds. Each 10-foot section is $10, so this acquisition will save me enough to ….. I dunno, buy some junk on craigslist?!?! 🙂 It appears to be in good shape, so who knows why someone got rid of it.
Several large, tubby plant containers. These were out in front of a house someone is flipping. It appears they held some Indian hawthorn from a nursery, based on the tags. I like that they are short for their overall size. I stuck them in a row out behind the vegetable garden where they will eventually grow something useful or beautiful.
And the grand prize …… a vintage Queen Anne solid wood coffee table by Bassett furniture. Odd, right? Seriously this was next to a bunch of grass clippings and lawn garbage. It is solid wood and in pretty decent shape with just one chip on the top. It was next to a box from West Elm, no doubt a cheap replacement that will last a fraction as long. I don’t really need this table, but it is growing on me. I may paint it, I may offload it on craigslist, I just couldn’t let it go to the dump.
I also got a ton of leaves, which has become my new favorite pastime. I’ll detail that in a later post. Happy trolling!!