The dump, aka the recycling center, in Nottingham, NH
The Saturday morning garage sale at the Salvation Army in Cleveland, Ohio
Top Ten Things Found in the Actual Trash
A not-too-badly broken bench, that my friend Cathy helped me carry back
to my Hoboken apartment from a nearby sidewalk. I repaired and painted
it and used it for years, then I put it in the barn in NH, where my
brother found it, took it home and used it on his sunporch for years.
Then he put it back in the barn, where we refound it, painted it a new
color and are now using it as porch furniture in Nottingham. How's that
for getting a lot of use out of a broken thing someone else threw
A set of four heavy, nicely made maple captain's chairs, which I took
to NH, where they got a coat of oil based paint and are now terrific
porch chairs - found in the trash in Clinton, NY.
A set of 12 (12!) ironstone cups and saucers with gold trim, in the Nottingham, NH recycling center glass pile
A pair of small vintage floral curtains that I sold on Ebay for $40 - found in the trash in an alley in Oxford, Ohio.
A small antique Sarouk Persian rug, appraised to be worth $400 - found
by my father in the trash in a rich Newton, Mass neighborhood.
A pair of brand new, never been worn Birkenstok clogs - in my size! -
found in the Nottingham, NH landfill back in the good ol' days when
Nottingham still had an actual landfill you could scrounge around in -