Saturday, March 2, 2013

More Curbside Treasures



One of three loads of treasure I collected
Aided only by my trusty minivan I managed to scavenge a record amount of stuff from the trash last week. It was bulky trash pickup in southwest Austin, which only happens twice a year. People put all sorts of stuff out on the curb. I spent a couple of hours Monday morning and a couple more on Tuesday making the rounds. In case you are wondering what sorts of things one finds on this type of venture, I typed up a complete list of my treasures. I will also tell you what I planned to do with each item, lest you think my house includes 3 staircases and multiple dogs. And in case you were also wondering what type of person drives around picking up trash, let me tell you that I was not alone!  If you live in Austin you have probably seen the pickup trucks pulling trailers trolling the neighborhood streets during bulky trash pickup week. I had competition!
A few of the treasures that will be incorporated into future household projects

1 long roll of bamboo privacy screen (for making cool outdoor shelters with the kids)
2 rolls 1/2" garden mesh (animal housing or garden protection)
3 rolls 2" garden mesh (animal housing or garden protection)
2 dog houses (housing for ducks)
3 babyproofing stair gates (animal housing)
1 set of bed slats for Ikea bed (replacement for broken ones in Big Sister's bed)
3 pieces of plywood (general project stash)
8 2x4 and 2x6 pieces, long and short (general project stash)
4 smaller wood boards (general project stash)
1 long piece PVC pipe (1/2") (chicken or duck run)
12 wooden stakes (anchoring tomato cages in the garden)
1 plastic hose caddy (for garden hose)
4 soaker hoses (for veggie garden) 
1 regular garden hose (for general use)
1 shelving frame made of heavy-duty lumber (perfect size to use as a raised-bed garden frame)
1 10' heavy duty playscape slide (add to kids' treehouse)
2 sections of playscape climbing wall with hand/footholds attached (for the kids)
1 wooden ladder section for playscape (for the kids)
3 wooden pieces with plastic handholds for playscape (I don't know but the handles looked useful)
2 hockey sticks (for the neighbor boy who loves to play hockey in his driveway)
12 little bamboo garden stakes (general garden use)
6 fat, long bamboo poles (for making a tipi!!)
2 metals poles with attached volleyball net (for the kids)
1 toddler bicycle helmet (for Little Sister)
1 homemade kids' go-cart, base only with wheels (the wheels are for chicken tractors or other projects)
1 Ikea-type desk with laminate wood top and 4 metal tubular legs (gave to the neighbors)
2 red like-new lawn chair cushions (hmmm, don't know yet)
1 wooden garden bench with storage under seat (will repaint and use in our mudroom)

Amazingly, the bench storage contained: 
  • 4 old bedsheets (for covering plants in a freeze or as painters' drop cloths) 
  • 2 pillowcases (fabric will be sewed into tote bags) 
  • 1 kids' rug (ugly- I tossed it) 
  • 1 fleece throw (also got tossed) 
  • some worn-out clothes (also tossed) 
  • 1 Black and Decker electric sander, working! 
  • 1 pair safety glasses 
  • lots of plastic drop cloths for painting 
  • 1 outdoor chair pillow (tossed this) 
  • 1 yoga mat
And that, my friends, is what you can find in the trash on two beautiful spring mornings in Austin. What is your best trash find ever?

4 comments:

  1. I've lived in the boonies too long to have any good heavy trash pickup stories, but I love living vicariously through your treasure hunts! Good score!

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    1. City living has some benefits, huh? And some drawbacks.

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  2. I wish we had heavy trash pick up. And that I had a minivan.

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    1. You might be surprised at how much you can fit in the trunk of your car. I brought home a filing cabinet in the back of my Civic. I also stuffed an enormous jogging stroller in that car once, but I was never able to repeat that feat.

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