Garbage picking sounds gross. Instead we like to call it treasure hunting!
I was walking to the bus stop one day when I found this amazing closet organizer on wheels in the garbage – not broken, not dirty, just not needed by the owner anymore. I couldn’t leave such a cool find behind so I picked it up, carried it on two buses, walked it 15 minutes home and I have used it every day since!
Jake and I have noticed that so much of what people throw away doesn’t need to be. Whether its compostable produce, recyclable materials, or an old armoire that has a broken handle. Often the bigger furniture items just need a little TLC to come back to life. Some trash needs a good washing, some needs a new coat of paint or a little fixing up but beauty and purpose can be re-found in so many of these curbside items.
We used to see piles of trash on the road and now we see heaps of potential. Our eyes scan the piles for a new project and this change in perception has led us to be more creative, to spend more time together on projects, to save more money, and to divert more waste!
Our house is filled with all sorts of gems that we like to call ‘rescue furniture’. Each piece has a story and reminds me of a good time I spent with Jake. Going forward I would like to hereby declare Tuesdays and Trashy Treasure Tuesdays, a day dedicated to trash that we turned into treasure!
Tips for a successful garbage pick:
- Find out when your garbage day is and plan for walks the evening before.
- Scan Pinterest for ideas that might inspire your treasure hunting.
- Don’t pick up anything that you can’t thoroughly wash (mattresses, couches, etc.)
- If its wood, check for insects and when possible, bake the item in the over to make sure you don’t bring any critters into your house (I know this sounds mean but in the past where we weren’t as cautious and definitely brought in some bugs).