The only problem I have with winter is that it puts a serious cramp in our trash finding endeavors. There’s just no way to locate great trash with 4 feet of snow on the ground. Believe me folks, I’ve tried so you don’t have to (you’re welcome). As I gaze out our back door into the epic tundra Cambridge has become, I thought I’d reflect on some of the gosh darn prettiest things we found in the trash last summer and fall (which is peak trash picking time, in case you’re wondering).
My amazement never ceases at the perfectly usable and lovely things people toss to the curb. It’s incredible that we have a society in which it’s OK to trash stuff that still works. But I digress and yes, I do benefit from my spendy and careless neighbors; however, I earnestly wish people would donate to Goodwill instead!
And so, in today’s edition of my recurring Great Trash Finds saga, I present you with my prettiest trash.
Pretty Find #1: Jaunty Nautical Tote Bag
I have Mr. Frugalwoods to thank for this darling beach tote. He spied it in a pile of assorted office supplies and exercise equipment. Sometimes the best part of a trash find is watching your husband carry home a nautical tote bag.
Pretty Find #2: Kitchen Storage Containers
I’m a fan of clean, white decor in our kitchen, so these three storage containers fit in seamlessly. They’re in mint condition and even have seals in the lids to make them airtight. How handy and dandy! The extra bonus is that we didn’t find anything surprising inside them…
Pretty Find #3: Quilt Square Art
All credit goes to Mr. Frugalwoods for our charming, yet random, quilt art hanging. It’s not exactly our style, but, Mr. FW has an interest in quilts (they really do have a fascinating history) and, we have an antique family quilt on the bed in our main guest room. Hence, a slightly unique bit of quilt square art works beautifully in this room.
Pretty Find #4: Retro Red Purse
Not sure why so many ladies in my ‘hood throw away purses, but, this is the third splendid little handbag I’ve rescued from the landfill. It’s in fabulous condition and matches quite a few of my vintage spring/summer dresses. Red is a favorite color of mine, so any red accessory is in good company in my closet. Who says trash can’t be pretty?