Great Trash Finds: The Kitchen Edition
Welcome to the kitchen edition of my recurring analysis of trash–more specifically, items salvaged from the trash by myself and sundry members of the Frugalwoods family. Last month, we viewed my sister and brother-in-law’s trash and the month before, we were treated to the refuse discoveries of my parents.
We’re going back to our roots this month with a deep dive into gems quarried by yours truly alongside my trusty bearded tech guru, the love of my life, the father of Frugal Hound, the one and only Mr. Frugalwoods.
If you’re new to my dumpster diving adventures, check out Great Trash Finds: The First Edition where I break down the philosophy behind trash finds. Or I can just tell you: Mr. FW and I take things from the side of the road and/or other people’s trash piles, because folks throw away perfectly good, usable stuff and we like free things.
Every September 1st, our fair city of Cambridge, MA yields trash finds so epic, so impossibly bountiful, and so densely packed that the phenomenon has a name: Cambridge Christmas. The reason? There are approximately 90 million college students in the Boston area. And they all move on September 1! Without fail! Every year! This annual purging of items as folks shed the shackles of their September 1st leases is a veritable harvest for frugal weirdos like Mr. FW and me.
We arrived armed with reusable shopping totes and the Frugalwoods-mobile, ready to partake in this September 1st turnover of tenants. Let me allay your suspense and just tell you right now: we cleaned up.
I share with you today, fair readers, some of the kitchen-related trash we did so happen to find. I got tired of taking photos last night and so not every kitchen implement is represented (also we’ve been using the stuff and I kind of forgot about some of it…).
Kitchen Find #1: Glorious Glassware!
Behold: these coffee mugs are gigantic and have become our weekend edition* coffee delivery devices. I’m currently drinking hot cocoa out of the pirate mug and it is delish. Just as we’ve established that free food tastes better, eating food off of free dishes tastes equally better. We have yet to employ the margarita glasses, but I have no doubt they’ll be indispensable at a future soiree. In my mind, as I flourish my margarita glasses at just the right moment, people say things like: “thank goodness you have margarita glasses, Mrs. FW, I don’t know what we’d have done without you!” Then I bow and exit stage left.
Kitchen Find #2: Glass Nested Mixing Bowls
These are some beauts of bowls. They’re glass Pyrex and in fabulous condition. This photo is a double trash find since the pumpkins were scavenged by me from a work event (no one wanted them and they were destined for the trash bin! the horror!).
Kitchen Find #3: Fondue Pot!
Pictured above is a gorgeous, near-mint condition All-Clad Fondue pot with all the trimmings. We’ve never actually made fondue, so this may be used as a standard sauce pan or in other assorted kitchen applications. Alternately, we could stage a fondue/margarita party and kill two birds with one stone!
Kitchen Find #4: Miscellaneous (aka Mrs. FW got tired of photographing each individual item)
Here we have an art photo taken on our staircase (refinished by us, instructions here) of a few straggling trash finds. The Corelle bowl almost matches our set of Corelle dishes and the snaplock glass tupperware does in fact match our set. The apple peeler/corer made me the best wife ever. I ran down a side street because I thought I spied the apple peeler/corer sticking out of a cardboard box. When I came galloping back to Mr. FW with it in tow, he did a little leap for joy. A mere one day prior he’d been pining for an apple peeler and, lo and behold, the trash delivered.
And with that, we’ve come to the end of another Great Trash Finds. May you be ever inspired to seek out your own trash finds–by looking through other people’s trash.
Clearly we have no qualms about finding kitchen things on the side of the road, cleaning them up, and eating off of them. What about you? Would you drink from a coffee mug of indeterminate origin?
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