Hi there! Hope you had a nice weekend. Did you manage to squeeze in any vintage shopping? Garage or estate sales? Flea markets? Thrift stores? Garbage Picking?
Two weekends ago, my sweet husband and I ventured over to the town of Glenville (NY) for a neighborhood garage sale. It was not as exciting as I’d hoped, but on the way we noticed larger than normal piles of junk lining the streets. Hmmm. Very interesting.
We later learned that it was “large object garbage day.” Since we had found the garage sales lacking, we began to focus on the junk piles. Before we knew it, we had filled the entire van! I thought you might enjoy seeing what we picked up.
Here’s a video version, followed by the more traditional, written version 🙂
Piles of Juicy Trash Seen While Garbage Picking
We must have stopped at almost 50 piles of trash, LOL. From this pile, I rescued the fabulous galvanized funnel.
From this heap, we snatched the black plastic crates for my daughter who’s moving to Brooklyn after her college graduation.
I picked up several pieces of scrap wood (for sign making) from this lovely heap o’trash.
At this pile we met the loveliest family and attempted to remove the blue concrete bird bath (more on that story below…).
Vintage & Antiques We Scored Garbage Picking
I tastefully assembled the treasures we rescued for a photo op.
Yes, our van was literally stuffed to the gills, without room for one more item. We feared that opening any of the doors would result in spillage of our precious cargo.
For those of you hesitant to jump on the garbage picking band wagon, I wrote an article not too long ago about how to become a garbage picking pro. Check it out!
This piece required removal and rearranging of the entire van in order to fit it in. I listed it that evening on Facebook Marketplace (FBMP), and sold it the next day for $50. Score!
By the way, did you know that I have a course all about selling antiques on four different platforms? FBMP is one of them and the other three are: Etsy, eBay, and an antique booth. You can get more info and buy (or sign up on the waitlist) right HERE.
I listed this MCM, pink vinyl stool the following evening and woke to sixteen interested parties. It sold to the very first person, who was beyond thrilled to get it for $15.
My daughter laid claim to the vintage trunk, in addition to the previously mentioned plastic crates (above).
We’ll be moving her down shortly after graduation. No, I’m not thrilled about her living in the BIG CITY. I grew up in a small town, so Albany–where I live now–is the “big city” to me. NYC is more like the BIGGEST CITY or maybe the GIGANTIC CITY. You get the idea.
But, we raised an intelligent young woman and we’ve had several talks about safety. She has a roommate and we’ve been told she’s in a “nice area.” We’ve known for years that she’d likely end up in NYC since, after all, she’s a theater major.
We are trusting her to use wisdom and the Lord to hold her close.
Onto the next find…
I even have a chalk paint recipe you can try out!
We loaded this top section of the concrete bird bath (seen above) into the van before realizing that there was no way in heck we could lift the base(!).
We had already rearranged things in the van so we could squeeze these two pieces in towards the center, so off we drove.
I’m thinking that the decorative piece in the center might be sturdy enough to hold the bowl? If not I’ll be busy looking for a spare base at garage sales this summer 🙂
The painted frame on the left is quite old, but in really great shape–though very dust. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s painted black, green, and burnt umber.
The frame on the right clearly once held a mirror that must have broken at some point. I may clean them lightly and either list them on FBMP or hang them on a wall in my booth and let them frame other pieces of smaller art.
We had also picked up a large, unframed mirror at a different pile that I hoped might fit in one of the frames, but it was a no-go.
If you’re like me, you have loads of empty frames hanging around. I regularly try to match artwork and mirrors with those frames. A while back I wrote an article about how to frame like a professional filled with tips on how to do just that.
The galvanized funnel is my second favorite find of the day, and I hope to sell it for around $30. The chicken feeder should sell for about $25.
As a lover of farmhouse style, this little stool is my favorite find of the day. One of the side braces has a split, but yeah, it was free.
Tell me, what have you picked out of the trash lately??
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