On the heels of last week’s list of shockingly expensive things we own, I figured I’d better bring it on back down to earth with some trash finds. This month’s Great Trash Finds is devoted to a few choice items that Mr. Frugalwoods and I will use while we host his family for Thanksgiving this year. We’re thrilled that my in-laws are visiting us for the extra long weekend! In addition to many of our superb kitchen trash finds, there are a few other pieces we’ll employ in the hosting of this oh-so-festive holiday.
In case you’re new around these here frugal woods, Mr. FW and I are devout trash scroungers and every month I share a sampling of fabulous items we’ve pulled from the refuse piles of others. Living in the city is terrifically conducive to this type of frugal weirdo behavior since people often leave items on the sidewalk adorned with a “free” sign. We don’t take everything we find, because we aim for a pared down, non-cluttered home, but we sure do grab the stuff we know we’ll use. Hey, you cannot beat free!
Find #1: Mr. FW’s Dress Shirt
This shirt is our second most epic trash clothing find ever, right behind our all-time #1: my down-filled winter coat. We were out walking Frugal Hound one fine afternoon when we happened upon a free pile containing books, a computer keyboard, and this shirt. It was brand new, J Crew brand, with the TAGS STILL ON, in Mr. FW’s exact size (medium tall in case anyone has hand-me-downs they’d like to send our way…). Mr. FW wears this shirt for pretty much every semi-formal occasion: a wedding dress rehearsal, Easter, our anniversary, and, he’ll wear it for Thanksgiving and probably Christmas as well. He’ll wear it in the family photo we’ll take while my in-laws are here in town, which leads me to my second Thanksgiving find…
Find #2: A Tripod
We use this tripod every year to take our family Christmas photos during the Thanksgiving holiday. It works like a charm and appears to be an antique to boot. It has also proven its worth in holding our shop light when we’re working on home DIY and renovation projects. I probably should use the tripod more in my blog photography, but, eh, I’d much rather continue my epically lazy point and shoot method. So far, no one has complained…
Find #3: My Autumnal Handbag
This adorably autumnal purse hails from the same free pile as our fondue pot! I’ll tote this handbag to purchase our Thanksgiving feast supplies and on any outings we take with my in-laws. I still can’t get over the fact that someone threw out a perfectly good purse!
Find #4: Decor!
The trash find in question is the lovely silver vase holding my Thanksgiving ball decoration in the foreground. I like using silver and chrome in contrast with autumnal hues and this little vase was a perfect addition.