Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Finds and ‘The One That Got Away’


That title sounds like a fishing story, doesn’t it?

Notice I haven’t been doing much of anything lately?  Seems that way.  Last week was one big party and I’ve been trying to get back on track since Sunday.  Nothing is ready to show yet.  Almost though, almost.

I will say that I’ve taken over Mike’s half of the garage since Sunday, and he is starting to grumble.  Working on too many pieces at once can be difficult to manage.  I NEED the garage space to store pieces between paint coats….so, all I can say is “Soon honey, you’ll get your parking space back as soon as I can get these things done!” 

It would sure help if I didn’t have to go to work all week. 

Enough of that.  On to my favorite pastime. Curbshopping.  Over the last 2 days I did make time for that.  Have I mentioned before how much I love to curbshop?




Makes my heart go pitter-patter  thump- thump kind of love.

Especially when I see a ladder just laying out at the curb, waiting for me to rescue it.



Check out the patina on this one.



It’s perfectly weathered. 


And it’s pretty darn tall too!  A 7 footer.

Have I mentioned before that I love ladders?



How about dressers?  Have I shared my love of dressers with you yet? 

This blonde cutie of a dresser was getting pretty nervous, the garbage truck was right behind me.


The owner was in the yard, gardening, and was kind enough to help me pull it away from the curb, just in the nick of time!


One drawer has some veneer missing.


And a corner needs repair.

But the piece is very solid and the drawers are all dovetailed construction.  The nice lady named Paula who set it to the curb told me her son wanted matching furniture, so she was going out to buy him a bedroom set for his graduation present.

What a shame!  I’ll bet what she buys this time won’t be nearly as well constructed as this piece. 

I know I was pretty happy to find it!



Some miscellaneous pieces….

This little ladder is cute, I think it should be a wall hanging, turned sideways. 

And the wooden folding chair.  Some painted detail would surely give it a new lease on life.  It’s super sturdy.


Wonder why the owners threw it away?

Now this next piece I drove past the first time and didn’t pick up.  Didn’t even stop, just slowed down to take a look.


What on earth could I do with that?


Then I got to thinking……

The weathered patina is soooo perfect.


Wouldn’t this make a perfect clock face?  It would have to be an outdoor clock, since it is HUGE! I could always cut it down, but what’s the fun in that?

Of course, you know I went back to get it!

And then there was the huge pile of windows.  If I haven’t mentioned it already, you will soon find out just how much I love me some windows!


I picked through the pile and came out with a few to take home with me.  The long narrow ones were very intriguing.  I picked up 4 of them. 

And a couple of smaller windows too.


You just never know when you will need a window for a project.

Now the next piece turned out to be a bust.  If you ever looked at the project list on my sidebar, you would have noted that I plan to build an outdoor kitchen on the patio this summer. (along with about 10 other big projects)

So when I spotted this stainless steel gas grill, I nabbed it.  Actually I was giddy with glee over it.

Have you ever priced stainless steel grills?

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Granted, the inner works are in bad shape, why else would it have been thrown out?  But I know from experience you can order new replacement parts (Mike has rebuilt our gas grill several times)

I proudly showed it to Mike, who then reminded me that I had PROMISED him a brand new grill, one he could pick out himself.  But if I really wanted him to have a used grill, he would make it work and learn to live with it…….even though he already had his eye on a very special model….

Boy did I feel like a Grinch after that guilt trip.

Well, maybe I can use the stainless doors or parts of the cabinet in my construction.  I’ll find a way to use it.  You watch and see.

Now for the one that got away….



Isn’t this bookcase great? I imagine it was lovingly handcrafted in a home workshop.


I just love the lines of this.  Painted up it would look so great, don’t you agree?

Alas, it would not fit into my van, it was 49 inches high and 49.5 inches wide.  (Always, always, always carry a tape measure when curbshopping!) There was no way it would fit.

I very sadly drove away, after taking these pictures to share with you.

I hope someone else stopped to rescue it.

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!



  1. Great stuff Rose! Can I just come shop in your storage unit? I will take the folding chair, the ladder and oh yes, some of those windows. Thanks so much! ;)

  2. Rose you just have me in awe... I wouldn't find as much stuff in a year that you find in a day. People are too stingy around here to throw anything out... I sure could have used that bookshelf in my workshop. I can't even find one to buy right now... I am bawling over that loss. Oh I so want to come shop with you but only if Mike will let me store it in "his" garage... Dennis won't let me near

    Have a great day... as always can't wait until you have your next project ready for the big reveal.

    Hugs, Deb

  3. wow! great stuff! You know the best part? Since we were on the phone, and you took pictures, I feel like I was right there with you! (in spirit, anyway) :)
    love the round piece! It still amazes me how you get all that stuff loaded into your van by yourself!
    have a great (long) weekend!

  4. I am amazed at the things you find curbside! I just don't live where folks do that I guess. Wonderful! The ladder is great but that chest of drawers! Heavenly!

  5. Rose you are my kind of girl! I love every single piece you picked up! And the fact you have 10 projects going at one have some serious talent!


  6. Yep! You did good. My girlfriends and I used to go out regularly and map out our route. We have some pretty funny stories. Among our best finds - a stainless steel gas grill worth well over $1000. I found a huge antique piece that is now the focal point of my living room. But my most prized find by far? My chandelier, crystals included. You can check it out on my blog.

  7. I can't believe people in your area put out such good stuff. People in this area never put out good trash.

  8. Rose, that grill would make a great rolling toolbox for you. Remove the guts, put your hand tools in there, put larger items inside the doors and you could roll it right out to where you're working.

  9. drat it all, I need a bookcase!! :)

  10. I am amazed too at what you find curbside. I maybe find a couple pieces the whole year. But I always stop! Once found a harp table with marble on the top. That memory keeps me looking.

  11. Too bad you couldn't get the bookcase, but your other stuff is so awesome you have nothing to feel bad about. As soon as I saw the round board I thought clock face. I just made one, and my wood was rougher than that, you should have good results. Love the ladder you found -- I know you will have fun with that! And a grill?!? You got to be kidding me! And I love, love, love the windows. Have fun with all your finds!

  12. Rose, AMAZING. Just AMAZING. Will you be making the clock?? Cause I would LOVE to see that!! Infact, I will be on the look out now so I can copy!! As for the small ladder sideways on the wall, I keep meaning to post a picture for you! I saw one with the larger ladder sideways on the wall being used as a bookshelf!?! It was fantastic!! I thought of you right away! ;)


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