Thursday, September 24, 2009

Trash to Treasures

Just for the record, I didn't get these lovlies at a thrift store.  I have slowed down my thrift store shopping (retails shopping) considrably due to my slow year.  Of course I will still shop, (it's my talent in life!) just on a much smaller scale.


These thrifty items were actually FREE...Plucked from the curbside during my neighborhoods Community Large Pick Up.  This occurs three or four times a year, runs for two weeks.  Metropolitan areas do not have dumps, and it is costly to take items to the landfill ($30.00 a truck load).   These days, competition to find free treasures is stiff, the word gets out that a neighborhood has Large Pick Up, the trucks and trailers show up trolling the streets.  These men are picking up to fix up and resell.  Hey I am for free enterprise, but DANG!  I miss finding stuff!

This time I lucked out as I saw people putting stuff out on the first day.  I jumped back in my car and found this, 

and these slightly used Ralph Lauren stencils




You can read the story here.  


The next item was not FREE, but it was a THRIFTY purchase as I have wanted one of these for the longest time.  I have seen them price at $100.00 in antique stores, so I felt blessed when the owner of this vintage wire laundry basket reduced the price to $20.00 (my mad money) so I could take this lovely home with me.



Linking up with Chari at Happy To Design, Sunday Favorites.




ttfn...


Audra

26 comments:

Holly said...

Love the iron piece, and lucky, lucky you to find the laundry basket. Cool!
Thanks for joining TST :)

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Audra,
I love curbside finds. You did good, girl.
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Jingle said...

Some great stuff! I really love that laundry basket! Wow! What a neat find!

Peggyann said...

I love your freebiees! Just what I would pick up. Frugal living is an art.

Aubrey said...

You know I'm drooling all over my keyboard here! I saw that iron piece...well very similar to it in a JCP catalog and it retails for 300 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable...Great finds!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

What great finds! The laundry basket is amazing!!! If we were neighbors, you'd probably have to double lock your doors to make sure it was safe. ;) Tee hee hee!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh, love that laundry basket!!!

Debbie

Coloradolady said...

I love that laundry basket...what a real treasure...it amazes me the things people throw away!!

Have a great VTT and a great weekend.

Kathi Fly said...

Wow! I love the stencils, I use them all the time in collages. What a neat laundry basket, I've never seen one like that before! Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

You did awesome! Love that laundry basket and I cannot believe you got that iron piece for free!!!

Rita @ Goodwill Haunting said...

Love the iron piece ... that was an awesome find for FREE!!

one gal's trash said...

Thanks for stopping by. That wire laundry basket is fabulous..great score!
xo
Pam

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Great finds! I LOVE those folding wire laundry hampers. I think I paid $32 for the one I have, so $20 was a good buy. Well done! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I'm having a giveaway through midnight tonight, so make sure you visit again.

Maureen said...

That laundry basket is awesome! I'd never seen one and now I want one....

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow I LOVE your wire laundry basket. What a great buy! And the free stuff is great. We never find free stuff in our area. So it is yard sales, and thrift stores for the hunting.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

farmlady said...

You are GOOD at this! Free goodies. Ya! The thrill of the hunt. That iron piece is an exceptional find. Very nice!!!

makinley's mommy said...

Hi audra. i lvove that piece of ironwork at the top of your blog. PRETTY. I wish i could find something like that on the side of the road. :)

the welcome sign I made...I just found some font that I liked, and I could figure out how to download it, so I just copied it by hand from the computer.

nice blog, btw.
-jessica

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Audra, Thanks for visitng my blog and grabbing the UGGS button. I would love to win a pair of Uggs since the cold weather is coming quickly!

I love that wire basket. It has so much possibility. The stencils are beautiful...great stuff. Why do people throw out so much???

I've enjoyed my visit here. Hope you come by to visit often.

Anny said...

What gorgeous finds - I recently went stencil mad and had sticker shock when I realized how expensive they are :O

Alicia said...

I wish we had something like that in our community, that would be great. You don't find stuff on the curb much here.

Love the iron thingy in the first picture.

Diann said...

I remember this post! Those were such great finds!

happy Sunday!

Chari said...

Hi Audra...

So happy to have you join in the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend...what a great post! I just love seeing everyone's treasure finds..although, at times I'm a bit "green with envy"! Hehe! Love that pretty decorative ornate piece...where are you going to use that? So pretty! Ohhh...and I would love the stencils...I would make good use of those...they are expensive to buy...great treasure find!!!

Girl, you won't believe it but last Spring my honey was cleaning over at his Dad's place...his Dad recently passed away...and honey found two of these fabulous wire baskets! Isn't that awesome? At first, I had no idea what they were or what they were used for, I had never seen them before...I just knew they were cool! Hehe! Loved that they fold up! I have them safely stored away now, however I was thinking that I might put them out on my patio come Spring and use them to hold potted flowers! I'd love to hear your ideas on what all they use these for!

Anyway...thank you so much for sharing your thrifty treasure finds...love them!!!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Warmest wishes,
Chari

LemonyRenee' said...

That basket sure is a great find! I've been wanting one for an age, too! Great job.

Maggie B said...

I've never seen a laundry basket like this before they must be unique to the States, very unusual.
Hope you can find the time to visit me in Normandy.
Maggie

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

You found some wonderful things.........my favourite is the wire laundry basket, a total "steal" at $20!!!

Lynn said...

OK, now what are you going to do with the fabulous wire laundry basket?
Surely you aren't going to use it as a laundry basket!
Really? Let me know!