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Friday, June 3, 2011

Trash Talkin...

Storage for pots and garden lanterns

Long Island is one beautiful place to live. We are known for our beaches, wineries, lighthouses and farms.
Tourists come from hundreds, if not thousands of miles away to visit "The Hamptons".
But, what is not widely known is the great trash we have. That's right, trash!
Residents of Long Island throw out some pretty cool stuff. And I for one am one happy girl.

Does anyone know the name of the T.V. show where these two carpenter guys rescue a piece of furniture, bring it back to their work shop, transform it into something totally cool, and then sneak it back to the original owners residence, only to watch the reaction from the people as they realize its their original item? If you know this program's name, would you leave a comment please?

I like to think what I do is kinda like that show...only its not as much work and... yeah....I don't give the items back..

Now, the men in the family (husband and son) are somewhat embarrassed by this behavior (go figure)...
but the women...not so much!
My middle daughter and I will be driving somewhere together, chattin away and we will pass a pile of "stuff" curbside.

I'm driving and I'll say:  "Call out what's there".

She says something like: "Broken table, 2 chairs, scrap lumber and an ugly lamp".

We do this without missing a beat. Both my girls excel at this behavior and have found amazing "finds".

So one day, when "Baby Girl" called me from work and said she had a surprise for me, I couldn't wait.

She proudly presented me with an "Arnold Bread Cart" used to display bread in a grocery store, but discarded near the store's dumpster. What a gift! I was thrilled!

New shelving for the potting shed, or if I ever want to sell flowers "curbside", its perfect!
I just better make sure its staked down, there are people out there who look for stuff like this.

Close up of flower cone made from fallen White Birch tree bark and leather cord

To see more of my curbside finds check out older post "A few of my favorite things"
What's the coolest thing you've ever "found" ?


  1. First of all, thanks for leaving a nice comment on my blog. That way I was able to find yours. Secondlly, you have started a great blog! I cannot even begin to give detailed comments because I was just going through all your posts. You must live in a paradise-like place.

  2. Hi Helen,
    Thank you so much!Especially for the blog compliment! This blogging thing is fun but some aspects of it will take time to learn. I'm an "old School" kinda girl lol
    I am so blessed to live here, it is truly beautiful.
    Know that I am looking forward to reading your blog and learning along the way!

    kind regards, karen

  3. What a total score!!! That looks great in the potting shed.

  4. I know! Thanks! Good Junk!!
    Would love to go "junking" with you some day!!

  5. What a fabulous blog and I am totally envious of your potting table and potting area! I SO hear you about making magic out of trash... do it myself, but you and your daughters have raised it to a whole new level. I LOVE it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. Hi Cathy and Steve!
    So nice to meet you, I have been visiting your blog,forgot how I found you but so glad I did!
    Thanks for the kind words,looking forward to reading more of your posts!



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