Things the neighbors don’t want

Our neighbors get rid of cool stuff. So much so that I’ve generally replaced going to thrift stores with early morning walks at the turn of the month, when people are moving in and out of apartments. This year I’ve dragged home a few treasures, including…


An old weathered wooden box with faded gray/blue paint. It holds all of our scarves, hats, and gloves…


A solid wood double-doored console thing that serves as a media stand…


And an old windsor chair with a broken seat, but it remains to be seen if I can fix it.


This morning Read and I walked out the door and into a neighborhood-wide yard sale – it was like a whole year’s worth of moving sales in one morning. Amazing! It felt like a block party, but with rows and rows of $1 bins and used furniture and stacks of books. We met some more neighbors, all of whom are super nice and chill, and made plans to grill out in our shared driveway later this summer.

Combing the house we came up with $39 in cash. With our first dollar we bought some lemonade from the kids next door. The little girl had the best blond goldilocks curls and a cheery chipper voice. She also had a cold, so as she chattered away, a big wad of snot marked her breathing by moving in and out of her nose. Hahaha She remained unfazed. “These cookies have cow’s milk and these don’t! All of the money goes into this cup because it’s the money cup! We’re making a lot of money huh?!”

Thirty-eight dollars later, we had brought home…

Edith's yard sale find

 A pink collar for Edith…

Yard sale loot
An antique dresser to put at the entryway and a puffy insulated dog coat…

Deconstructing a sweater for yarn

…and a $3 XL virgin wool LL Bean sweater that I started to deconstruct for the yarn. That ball above is from just one sleeve, so maybe I can get a couple projects out of the sweater! I’ve had Calvados on my queue for a while and it would look nice in dark gray.

Yard sale season is in full swing. Have you picked up anything good lately?



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  4. bonniehull · May 22, 2011


  5. Lan · May 17, 2011

    i love yardsales, other’s people’s junk can find a home in my abode. having said that tho, i really do need to unload what i have. i’ve been in my place for 5 years and it is astounding the amount of crap i’ve accummulated. i am not a hoarder but i sure do understand the mentality!

  6. Lori · May 15, 2011

    Wow! I love the dresser /mirror you found! And the score of the XL wool sweater!

    • foxflat · May 17, 2011

      Isn’t it a beauty? Especially for only $35. For that price I was dead set on finding a place for it in the apartment

  7. barefootrooster · May 15, 2011

    well done! i especially love that puffy dog vest. he looks so proud to be wearing it!

    • foxflat · May 17, 2011

      Sam has always fancied himself a fashionable dog

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