Monday, September 13, 2010

trash talkin'


This is such a strange statement...

 my city has the best trash.

(I can't believe I just said that.)

On a weekly basis I find the most beautiful things...ornate furniture, chandeliers, cool old metal boxes and trays, gorgeous old doors with chippy paint...it is simply amazing to me what people will throw away! Like anything, some weeks picking are better than others...and I know just what area of town I like to visit to find the era of stuff I am looking for, what night their trash goes out, etc. Now that I am putting this is writing, I sound like a total freak stalking people's trash...but I am ok with that. There is a science to this trash-picking stuff, you know!
I am just so swoony over my finds from Sunday night...so I had to show you.


My favorite find of the week...an old wood medical cabinet.

She's got chippy gray paint, lots of drawers on the front and the sides, too...

And her solid oak top is perfectly weathered and worn...


~ sigh ~

Isn't she pretty??

Ok, maybe all of you won't think so...but I do!

It was love at first sight. The kind of love that made me nearly have a heart attack when I realized it was so heavy there was no way I could load it in my truck by myself! The 6 minute car ride from the curb where I found it back to my house to grab my big strong husband nearly felt like an eternity!! I was convinced it would be snapped up while I was gone.

But she was still there...waiting for me...



While I am talkin' trash, I may as well show you some of my other finds.... 

A gorgeous vintage chandi with all the crystals...(they were nice enough to put them in a ziploc before throwing them away. I felt like I needed to leave them a little thank you note!)

Here is a tip from me to you on how to find these...I frequent the section of town with the gorgeous turn of the century homes...you know the kind...they were practically mansions in their day but now have pretty much turned into slums. It makes me sad to drive through that part of town, but since I can't save a whole neighborhood, I may as well save pieces of it, right??

Well, I have learned that if you can find out which houses are being renovated or torn down...you just have to pop yourself into the jobsite one morning with a big box of Krispy Kremes and a smile...then the guys just might leave you the chandeliers sitting by the dumpster rather than throwing them in.

~ smile ~

Krispy Kreme really brings out the love, doesn't it?

This little beauty is going to have a new home in my bathroom.



And I have no idea what I am going to do with the wood pullys I found...but I have always been crazy about industrial pieces so they will find a place somewhere. They were in pile of trash from a garage that was cleaned out.

Oooh...and I am crazy about those metal bins!! I love the holes, because I find all things polka dotted, white and metal to be dreamy. The fact that they are all 3 is amazing!

Oh, and CDs fir perfetly inside! (You will see one poping up in an office reno coming up very soon!)



But here are the two pieces I love probably as much as the cabinet in the first photo.

I have no idea what they are. Old chairs maybe that have the backs cut off? I see marks where it looks like something was attached at one time.

They are large, so if they were chairs they were b-i-g.

I LOVE the metal...zinc maybe?? Zinc-looking anyway. They are going to be awesome in the wooded part of my backyard with cascading container plants on top of them next year.


So there you have it.

I am a  girl that loves to pick through people's garbage.

Ok, I don't really pick through it. I just look for a pile that may have potential, get out of my car and look to see what is on top. Most nights I can come home with 5 or 6 things and have a whole bunch of laughs with my sister while we are doing it.

Keeping beautiful things out of a landfill...just another way I am helping save the world.

I just have to know...am I the only one that does this sort of thing?? Please tell me there are some fellow trash-pickers out there in blogland!











77 comments:

  1. I don't want to be jealous but I really, really am. Maybe you can give lessons on schmoozing the job site people.

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  2. You're a fun gal!
    Yes, I have found a few treasures in the trash -I love my coffee table that I found last year just sitting on the side of the street. I used to feel wierd doing it, but I love it even more that i'm saving things from the landfill.
    I've even caught people going through mine!
    I love the cabinet, especially the color - you have a good "trash eye." :)
    Office reno? Can't wait to see it...
    Hope all is well with you ~
    Sarah

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  3. I am in complete awe of these treasures. Goodness, I can't believe they were thrown out. That cabinet is incredible!!! I would be digging, picking, whatever you call it, right there with you. You take the Krispy Kreme's and I'll take the coffee...

    I have no problem looking through "treasures" on the side of the road, but I have never brought home anything as great as yours. I did find a great old wooden ladder that now resides in my dining room.

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  4. Isn't that where all the good stuff is? We have several neigborhoods in my area that have "large item" trash days. These are the BEST!You just never know what you might find in these piles. I never come home empty handed...what a thrill!

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  5. I bow down to you oh junking Godess! Seriously, you find the MOST amazing goodies! That chandy, OMG! Those funky chair things just rock my world. So, yes I'm jealous but SO happy for you too!

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  6. I have to admit it... you found some pretty cool stuff in the trash! I love the medical cabinet and those white metal bins! Lucky girl! Enjoy your new "trash"! ;o)
    Have a great week!
    Hugs ~ Jo

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  7. seriously?!!! i can't believe you found all of this in the trash!

    can i come with you next time? pretty please! ha:)

    awesome finds!

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  8. That is an amazing trash picking bonanza! The stuff you got is phenomenal! Love the metal bins and medical cabinet especially.

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  9. Love the attitude, if you can't save the whole house save pieces! Sometimes you have to take what you can get (no pun intended):)

    You are so lucky to live someplace where you find stuff like that on the SIDE OF THE ROAD!

    Chris

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  10. LOVE IT!!! Just don't try to pick something up on the side of the road on the way to school with your 10 year old daughter! Lesson learned by me the hard way!
    Liz
    http://mylovelylittlelulu.blogspot.com/

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  11. Great finds! You are not alone;) Around here we have bulk trash pick-up twice a year. People drive around in their trucks the night before, some even have trailers:) Recently I went with a friend of mine to another neighborhood the night before their bulk trash pick-up. We were the only ones driving around! We got some pretty crazy looks, but came home with a load of stuff:)

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  12. Total score. That cabinet is amazing. Can't believe you get all that good stuff for FREE! No fair. Are you doing some winkin' and flirting too? Must be doing something a little extra...besides the doughnuts that is:)

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  13. ~*~*WOW Mary!!! I am drooling all over ..LOL..I LOVE everything..you are one lucky gal!!!~*~* ;)Rachel~*~

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  14. Great finds! I love the white boxes and that cabinet! Can't wait to see where you will put them! Keep us posted!

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  15. I'd be picking through trash a lot more often if these are the kinds of things I'd find! Your city DOES have the best trash! This is the type of stuff I'd be buying at the Habitat store and here you are scoring it for free! :)

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  16. You are so environmentally friendly! I so wish that where I live now had such finds. Unfortunately all I seem to find are used diapers and soda cans! When I lived in Budapest though, each district (and there were 12) had their 'throw your junk out and leave it on the sidewalk' bonanza. Boy, did I get some great stuff! I had to fight off the gypsies though who were ruthless. They would go around in packs and sit on all the finds not letting lil' old me get my hands on them! Ah, the good old days...
    Love all your stuff and can't wait to see what you do with all of it.

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  17. love the great stash you got!!!! Wish I could find some myself!!!
    Antique Rose

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  18. Can you believe I have never found a thing on the roadside. Our city does not pick up anything that will not fit in their garbage can...Nothing! You found some great things. I am always amazed at what some people throw out.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  19. OH MY GOSH.... I love the blue cabinet and everything really... OH MY GOSH!!

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  20. My oh my! What wonderful finds!! Love the wooden pulleys!! I need to go trash picking with you...never find good stuff around here. Must go find a "trashier" neighborhood! Ha!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  21. You know what girl?
    YOU ARE NOT ALONE, who loves to pick up other peoples TRASH;)
    That are great finds!
    Love the lamp and these side table`s somethings...
    Kant wait so see them done;)
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lovely greetings...

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  22. Mary, what amazing finds. That chandleier is quite lovely as is that cabinet.

    I used to work for a surgeon in a very old hospital that was full of stuff like that. There was a store room full of it. I "decorated" my office with old blue metal bedside cabinets (for my printer) and other old pieces. I loved it. they likely have trashed it all now.

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  23. Gosh....what amazing finds!! Love to see what you'll do with them:)

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  24. Other peoples garbage ROCKS!!!!!! Great treasure you have there..love the chandi.

    Janet xox

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  25. OMG that cabinet would be perfect for Megan's kitchen. What great finds! Lori

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  26. love the metal cabinet, wheels and all, lucky girl.
    -denise

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  27. please stay out of my "hood" ...
    from one trash picker to another!

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  28. That IS truly amazing! Can´t believe people are throwing these fine old pieces away, but nice that humans are so different!
    In my country times are over when we could make these finds on the streets, because we all have to bring our stuff to the central community-garbage-place. Sigh...

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  29. Sigh...never stop your trash talkin'!!

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  30. Whoa!! I'm seriously impressed! This is my first time reading your blog, and you got me with just this post! :) Great finds!!

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  31. OMGOSH!!!! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. finds! I wish I had a friend to do that with! It's more fun with a friend! I have rescued a few throw-aways on my street! But never anything as awesome as that grey workbench! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! And those dotted industrial bins are so cool!

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  32. i am SO jealous!!! our city has none. and we have a dump that has great potential, but you're not allowed to take stuff from it. i think they should have a rescued furniture section of the dump where people can go and take items to salvage and save the landfill.

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  33. Oh my goodness....that is the BEST trash!!! Everything is beautiful! You lucky girl
    xo

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  34. You are truly blessed by the "trash gods" and I am jealous...

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  35. I have picked up some of my favorite pieces of furniture from the side of the road. In my town, people kind of purposely leave stuff out a few days before trash day in case people want them. There is even a town email list where people will post free stuff they're leaving out. Seriously you wouldn't believe what we have gotten- solid mahogany dresser, pretty pine storage chest with lid, all kinds of end tables, other furniture. Wooden wine crates, beautiful old antique table (painted bright orange but so easy to change that!), nice coffee table, tons of nice kids toys, bikes, etc. Old windows and doors galore. I got a really nice adirondack chair that was just missing one of the arm rests. All we had to do was cut a new armrest from a cheap piece of wood from Lowes and nail it on. Painted it kensington green from BM, and it looks like something you'd see on Cape Cod! Seriously it goes on and on! I don't even go to yard sales anymore really. I've tried to figure out exactly why this is and I think a few reasons are- the goodwill dropoff near us won't take furniture anymore, modern stuff is in style now, people are busy and don't have time to makeover stuff, or they just don't see potential or care to take the time to do it. Anyway, the short answer is- you're so not the only one!!

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  36. Awesome finds!! Love the crispy creme story, great idea! I think my favorite is the chandelier, funny, I was thinking bathroom when I saw it.

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  37. Those are great finds!! I love the cabinet!! and the chair/stools things are great!! Gotta love Krispy Kreme! That was too funny!
    I would do that if our town had good junk. Usually it really is junk and can't be recycled but every once in a while we find something! Have fun with all you new finds!

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  38. 1. I want to follow you around.
    2. Re: spools: http://www.thestoriesofa2z.com/

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  39. What a haul!! Love all the new/old goodies, especially the chandelier. It's hard to believe anybody would throw stuff like that away!

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  40. My friend and I used to go 'trashin' one night a week. I remember one evening we found a GOLDMINE! There was so much neat stuff, we loaded it all into her trunk and brought it back to her house to look through it....and one black bag had an object that felt like a human head!!! We opened it and it was a head of CABBAGE! And it stunk!!! Well, we took that back and dropped it off where we found it, for sure! Lots of laughs over that find!!!

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  41. Wow! I didn't even know people threw things like this out. What a waste, but at least you rescued some. I will have to start keeping my eyes open for some unique finds.

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  42. Oh my!! You have found some real treasures! Thanks for the tips on 'trash talkin' ;-D I'm so excited as tomorrow is our trash day and I just may need to go out and do a bit of 'lurking'! Hope I can come away with some great stuff like yours!!

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  43. Such treasures! Wow!!! I would be right there with you, picking - IF I lived near a place with good picking! Sadly, I'm not in an area with many old houses.

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  44. ... you did know I was kidding didn't you ... don't want to lose a brand new friend!!

    I'd love to go picking with you

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  45. that is some good lookin trash... i am so jealous!

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  46. OMG! you do have the best trash, ever! wow~~sooo jealous! great finds!
    :)
    Shannon
    www.cascobaysoap.blogspot.com

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  47. So jealous of your trash! :) This is my first time stopping by your site - it's fantastic!

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  48. Wow that really is neat. Looks like it was from a doctor's office or something. So jealous!

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  49. How the frack do you manage to find such awesome junk??? And I find zip!

    I am officially jealous.
    Little stinker.

    ;-)

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  50. Are you kidding me...that's your neighborhood trash...okay...I offically have trash envy.

    Did ya get me email?

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  51. Very "green" of you :)) I can't believe someone just threw away that incredible {grey - sigh} metal cabinet...IT IS AWESOME!!!

    See ya Fri!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

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  52. Amazing, that could not all possibly be trash...wowzers...my neighborhood really does throw trash away, yours treasures! pick away my dear, gorgeous stuff!

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  53. OOOO, I"m drooling! I would so take all of that stuff so let me knwo if any of it is for sale!!

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  54. HAHAHA, I just LOVE that you LOVE trash and that you know their trash schedules!! That is a TRUE thrifty and I LOVE it! Way to score some awesome trash! :) can't wait to see the reno!

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  55. Hey Mary....nope...no good trash around these parts...and I too, cannot believe you said that - about R! lol

    there are a few wrenches which have been thrown in my way for this weekend!!! it isn't lookin' good right now - I was SO looking forward to it -

    have fun with "the girls"!!
    let's pray for a miracle right?

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  56. Yes, I've been known to rummage through my neighborhood during "bulk trash" week, and I have found many treasures doing so. So fun that you have your sister for your "partner in grime" as I like to call it! My sister and I do the same thing but we've never found anything as amazing as your medical cabinet......

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  57. Are you KIDDING ME???? that cabinet would fetch $500 at a show easy! Industrial meets French is all the rage here right now!! Good Job!! I love "curb shopping" also and have embarrassed my kids more than once..funny thing is my daughter is away at college in Toronto and talked 8 guys into moving an antique piano that was left on the curb into her kitchen!!!And she also found a desk recently,so I've done something right lol
    Oh I am just so jealous of that cabinet!!!! I MUST find one!!!!!(I wonder what shipping would cost to Canada???)
    Natalie

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  58. I put big things out fairly often with FREE tags and they rarely last more than a day. Why throw things away- like a Barbie Jeep, high chair, loveseat, etc? None are perfect, but to someone they are better than NOTHING. I used to put them on Craig's List, but got too many people who either 1) did not show up when they said or 2) creeped me out. One of my girls will help load when we find things, but the other one is mortified!

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  59. Oh my goodness~ how could someone try to throw out that beautiful junk! Gahhhh.

    Those are some great finds!! We are a family of "curb watchers" also. ;) Did not know there was a secret science to it until now! Thanks for the info! I need to go hunt down a turn-of-the-century neighborhood now!
    Hugs :) Lara

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  60. Are you kidding? Of course I have dug in the trash! Ha! Okay.... this summer I stopped at a garage sale and I noticed this old pickup truck piled high with junk in it. But, I spotted some turquoise chippy paint through all the junk. I started to make out that it was a cool old lawn chair w/o the cushion. I asked the people if I could dig it out. They said it was their neighbor's but they were fine with it. I went home, changed out of my white pants, got my work gloves and went back. Oh my word, I dug through old chinese food containers and food and yuck... but I got the chair. And guess what?... there was an additional one under the pile. Well worth it! :)
    J in Washington

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  61. So glad I found your blog! I love it!
    Health and happiness,
    Angela
    -I am the "dumpster diva" in my family! : )

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  62. oh there are mountains of trash pickers out there. I am one of them!! Am totally in love with that medical cabinet. I always say it is amazing what strength yuo find when you really want a piece of furniture!
    alicia

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  63. that cabinet is unbelievable! really everything is super, i don't mind trash picking every now and then :) enjoy the weekend!! susan

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  64. Scooooooooooooooooooooore!! Never never have I seen stuff like this at the curbside!! People are crazy. Each piece is amazing, and I'd have taken them too! I love the old bins, everything. Lucky gal. Hey, wanna come to my house- maybe your luck ill rub off.

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  65. "will" rub off. hehehe. PS- everything in this neck of the woods goes to the dump. They clearly have a sign that says no picking, but seriously...

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  66. I think it's awesome that you are a dumpster diver! :) We also LOVE to pick up old stuff and redo it...old furniture, junk, trash call it what you want, but we get a kick out of it! It's so nice to see we aren't the only ones :) Thanks for sharing have a good day...nice trash talking with you. :)

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  67. I can not believe you found that stuff in the trash!! I'm so jealous. I want all of it! I'm going to have to go on a trash expedition soon!
    Angie @ www.221vision.com

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  68. I go every Wednesday :). I am always amazed what I have found curbside.


    Kristen

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  69. oh my word!!!! you luck girl!
    talk about a total score
    love all your treasures!

    ps-loved seeing your pic over at becky's too
    xo

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  70. That was the best treasure score I've ever seen. The Krispy Kreams idea is a good one. I should have known you catch more flies with honey as they say. The cabinet is amazing, I know how you feel regarding the drive home. I did that once with an amazing set of china. I sort of passed on it, then got home and realized what was I thinking? Then raced to the thrift shop in hopes it was still there. It was, thus starting my collection of vintage china (twenty years ago). The pullies would look awesome just lying around on any vintage chest or coffee table me thinks. The chandi and metal tins make me swoon. Well done! I love your blog by the way. Can't wait to see a photo of what you've done with it all.

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  71. Oops, forgot to add, the seats! Soooooo lovely! I'm picturing a pillow cushion perhaps floral shabby chicish or white, even the burlap, frenchy feel.

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  72. I am gaining the courage to put the trash in my car. It's starting to become a common trip, I like to call it "getting milk". Then I cruise the trash. This is my best find, circa 1926-1929 per the Lane folks: http://weavergirlguz.blogspot.com/2010/09/bursting-with-freebie-score.html

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  73. The end of the month at apartment complexes by the dumpsters are GREAT.. look behind the dumpster and you'll find something???.. I guarantee it..

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  74. who would throw that out?!! any of it?
    crazy people.
    i can't believe you go that cabinet from the trash.
    unreal.

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  75. Oh wow, love all these finds! So blessed to find them!

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