The most random treasure hunt ever

The very best thing about junk hunting (aka curbside shopping, etc.) is that you just never know what you’ll find. Even more-so than secondhand shopping, when searching the side of the road for discarded goods, you could literally come across anything.

Although I mostly pick up furniture & bigger things (because I don’t usually dig through bins & boxes, and just take what I can see,) sometimes I find other stuff that I just can’t pass up.

I’ve cut down on hunting for roadside finds lately, mostly due to a lack of space and a huge backlog of furniture that’s waiting for me to work on it.ย  But when coming home from my parent’s house last week, I couldn’t help but notice the piles and piles of stuff all around their neighborhood. Much of it was empty boxes, but I decided to go down a few extra side streets in case anyone tossed out something good, maybe in their NY resolution to de-clutter ๐Ÿ™‚

But beteatowelfore doing that, I grabbed this cute tea towel from the top of a box put out by my parent’s next-door neighbor (the rest of the box contained old – but clean – men’s t-shirts, which I took straight to St. Vincent de Paul to donate.)

 

A few houses down from my parents, someone had set this dry-erase board & unopened wedding guest book on top of their closed trash can, essentially willing it to be picked up. (I donated the dry erase board and already sold the guest book on Etsy).

weddingbook

Around the corner I grabbed this neat old dart-board cabinet, complete with chalkboard interior for keeping score.

dartboard

And then this spice rack – I won’t use the spices, and don’t need a spice rack, but I can definitely find another use for it (probably storing sewing or craft supplies). And this under-bed storage bin.

spice

Then I turned a corner and saw this scarecrow sticking out of a box, along with a couple of big fake bonsai trees (which I didn’t take, they were huge). I hopped out of the car to grab it and the wreath sitting next to it, and then I noticed there were a few additional boxes filled with stuff that obviously wasn’t trash. Since it was freezing and close to the girls’ bedtime, I threw the boxes in my car to look at at home.

scarecrowwreath

One box was full of (unused) colored copy paper, card stock, scrapbooking supplies, and those borders that teachers use around their bulletin boards. Another was packed full of CDs. There were also some Christmas decorations, a nice pair of Clauss scissors, and a big carton of foam stickers. (I donated most of this stuff – minus the CDs, which I still need to go through – to the girls’ schools).

paper stuffAnd a giant ziploc bag full of old pictures. They cover this one man’s whole life – baby pictures, him as a child, his High School graduation photo, him in the Air Force and working at a factory, he and his wife as a twenty-something couple, and then with a baby – the most recent (presumably) are him at his daughter’s wedding, and sitting around a campfire as an old man. I can’t believe someone threw these away. I don’t even remember which house I got this stuff from, or I would go back and see if it was done by mistake. None of it is marked, so I have no idea of his name. But I find the pictures fascinating. I don’t know what to do with them, but I definitely won’t be throwing them away.

picturesIf you would have given me 10 guesses of what I might find junk hunting that night, I don’t think I would have said guest book, spice rack, copy paper, or a lifetime of pictures. I love the unpredictableness of it. Of course, there are many times I go out specifically to junk hunt and find nothing. But those instances are worth all of the cool stuff that I have found.

Speaking of, I added a bunch of new things from this summer/fall to my Roadside Finds gallery if you want to check it out.

If you’ve found anything cool on the side of the road, please share!

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2 thoughts on “The most random treasure hunt ever

  1. What an interesting haul! The spice rack often holds craft stuff. When they are redone – wooden parts painted and ribbon or flowers glued to the spice jar lids they look really nice and sell on Etsy. Once, we found one of those very heavy plastic stands that has a window in the front on a pull down door that you would find in the front of an IHOP or other restaurant and generally has “apartment finders” in them? The hubs lugged it into the back of our truck. He brought it home and took the decals off, lightly roughed it up and panted it his alma mater’s colors then put a decal of same school in the window and covered it from behind with black so you couldn’t see in. We put it by our front door and then asked our mailman to place any packages we received inside to protect from blowing wind, rain, and also thieves. We have had it for about 5 years now, have been offered up to $100 for it and have never found another one – ever. But it’s pretty darn cool!

  2. Amazing what you found!
    I love treasure hunting, you never know what you’ll find. The other day, I was happy to give back by putting some old, tacky christmas decor out on the curb and it was gone within an hour! I hope the person who took it had fun opening it and has a use for it.
    Usually I am the one looking for things on the streets ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice finds!!
    Franziska

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