What’s better than finding something that is reasonably priced or even on sale? Well, I have the perfect answer for you…Free garbage finds.
I know, I know, some of you are reading this and thinking… “Yeah right, like you’ll ever find me searching through trash to furnish my home… no way.”
I thought like that at one time as well. That was until I started finding the most amazing things on my trips to the garbage room. I will start by saying that this all happened by accident. I wasn’t ever knee deep in garbage, or, “dumpster diving’ as some refer to it. I’ve lived in Toronto for 8 years now, and most of the places that I’ve lived have had a garbage/recycle room where we have to bring our empty bottles and papers and plastics. I’m a big fan of sorting and recycling… I mean… Who isn’t? Did you read that Renee???
Anyways, It started when I found my first framed picture 8 years ago, that I still have hanging in my condo to this day. It then progressed to furniture and much bigger items. Wow, I just read that over and laughed out loud. I know it sounds crazy, and yes, I do have the pieces cleaned professionally. I am not a fan of bed bugs so taking the proper precautions is a necessity. I’ve always found it funny when people ridicule my garbage finds and then they’re the ones who spend top dollar at “vintage stores.” What exactly do you think you are sifting through in Kensington Market when you’re wearing your cool acid washed denim and sipping on an over priced latte from Moonbean. You don’t think twice to try on a hat from a cool vintage shop while “checking in” on Facebook, then tweeting out a photo. For all we know, that hat could have been picked up curb side by the lucky shop owner, who is charging you a cool $24.00.
Have a look below at “The Garbage Room Diaries.” The next time you bring your recycling out, have a look around! All of my favourite things in our home have been found in the garbage… I know…. I’m crazy, but the amount of money I’ve saved over the years is astonishing.
I’m a garbage picker, everyone knows it and I’ll scream it from the top of a mountain!! 🙂
“Wicker corner patio chair with cushion”
“Ivory suede chaise lounge and red leather ottoman (found on separate occasions & professionally cleaned :)) “
“Samsung DVD player in perfect working condition” (remote missing, ahh well)
“Two framed, vintage United Airlines Posters”
“Vintage Electrohome fan in working condition”
“Crystal lamp with silk shade”
“Custom hardwood shelving unit and tall glass vase with dogwood branches” (found on separate occasions)
“Terracotta pot with flower detail”
“Metal wire lantern and silver vase”
“Stainless steel serving tray”
“Stainless steel copper bottom pan- retail price $130.00”
“Wicker patio chair”
“Vintage knife block”
“Canvas art above the bed and birch wood pieces in the corners.” (found on separate occasions)
“Metal framed art” (First garbage find! 8 years ago)