Thursday, March 5, 2009

Curb-side crime!

Drive by junking, trash picking, dumpster diving − whatever you want to call it − doesn’t always work for me.

A couple of years ago I was garage sale-ing with my friend Joan when I found a bonanza of old lumber by a curb. It wasn’t discarded used privacy fencing. This lumber was the good stuff, old and weathered, time-worn and wonderful, big ol’ wide boards!

Some man was working through the pile and I asked him if I could pick some up. “Sure. Take all you want,” he said, so I hustled home, got IT Guy’s truck, and hurried back.

No man was around by that time but I donned my work gloves and started loading. I’d gotten the pickup halfway loaded when this woman tears out of the house yelling, “What are you doing?”

Long story short she let me take one load of lumber. She probably felt sorry for me because I was all red faced and teary eyed from getting caught stealing!

This cabinet is one of the pieces I made with the stolen boards. These pictures are my dusting photos. It's really embarrassing when one has to have photographs of one's junk in order to dust the shelves and put the crap things back where they belong.

Dusting photos sure make life simpler!


  1. I just gotta say, I like your style! Your writing cracks me up. To say the least you are a free spirit who has lots of fun. I'll keep reading cause you inspire me to live it up!

  2. I confess, I take holiday decorating photos. I have too much Christmas stuff and I can't remember where I put it from year to year.

  3. Oh my gosh, what a beauty you have made!!! I have got to get me some wood working classes!! Love it, Many Blessings, Janna

  4. That is the best "stolen" wood cabinet I've ever seen! I would have sent my vintage feather duster had I known it was cleaning day!

  5. OMIG - I can't begin to tell you the things I have taken from alleyways and random things just dumped on the sidewalks. I've come home with many marvelous finds but I always have that nagging thought in the back of my mind that maybe it's a mistake or maybe it was put out for a specific someone to pick up. Oh, well! :) Love what you did with the lumber and wOw what great stuff you have!

  6. What kind of pictures? Dusting? What's that? :)
    Good idea though...if I dusted! Since I moved out this direction, dusting hasn't been a big priority. When we lived in West Texas, we would have to dust every couple of days cause that dust can stack up into sand dunes pretty quickly...but out here, it's pretty dustless. Anyway, love your "hot" art, sticky fingers!


  7. My 83 year old aunt stopped and loaded her car with a bunch of Patio furniture once, was so excited! got it home and her neighbor, called her and said she was just getting ready to paint it!! So she reloaded it and took it home. When you have the junking gene you can never be fully over it, My now 89 year old aunt would still stop for curbside treasures!

  8. Love that cupboard. Fits right in. What in the world would you do if you were creative? There'd be no hope... ~PJ


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