Wednesday, April 4, 2012

One man's trash is another man's treasure!

A cliche, but oh so true in my case!  It is council clean up in my neck of the woods at the moment and I have been very busy street shopping.

The lamp and shade I found at the bottom of our street when I was out for my evening run with the Captain.   The Captain is such a gentlemen that he carried it all the way back up our street for me.  His father's reaction was not so genteel.  Nevertheless, it is here to stay, especially now that I have discovered it is in perfect working order.

This divine split cane shelf was just a few houses up from ours and was filthy but look how beautifully it has cleaned up.  The little wooden boat on the bottom shelf is from the same rubbish pile and is so sweet.  It was handmade by someone, probably many years ago and is just too precious to end up in landfill.

I have been on the eye out for bedside tables for the spare room and I can't quite believe that I managed to find such a fabulous one on the street.  Now I just need to find something interesting for the other side of the bed.

I often have people visit and ask me where I found bits and pieces in the house and invariably the things that I get asked about are the items that I have scavenged from the kerb, inherited or are op shop finds. The greatest pleasure I get from street shopping though is the feeling of rescuing something beautiful or interesting from ending up in landfill.  It is the ultimate in revamping, reusing and recycling!


  1. What a great lamp and that bedside table is lovely - I'd like something similar for Sophie's nursery that I could paint. I like the look of two different bedside tables - can't wait to see what you find for the other side of the bed. I agree, it's often inherited items or secondhand finds that are unique that becoming talking points :)

  2. Fabulous - good for you sharp-eyed gal.
    L.O.V.E the split cane table and the lamb is just perfect for your beachside home...follow the sun indeed!

    Happy day!

    PS: Love the cushions on the bed too.

  3. I do exactly the same thing! Only last week I picked up a baby bath that I'm going to use as a planter and a couple of folding tables for our spare room. It's true what you say about getting comments on these things. I have a lovely cabinet by the front door that was dumped on the side of the road, and it's a fine piece of furniture. I'm on the prowl next for an old wheelbarrow to plant my veggies in. Let me know if you find one!

  4. You find the most amazing items from your council cleanups! You've got such a great eye. I might come and raid your suburb at the next one! xxx

  5. I can not believe someone threw that lamp in the trash - it is SO vintage! It would be neat to see how much someone would charge for it in a shop. And the table is perfect. I love the painting above the bed too.

    I grew up with my mom grabbing things off the street - a few of the things turned out to be really valuable too.


  6. LOVE council cleanups! When we lived in Randwick it was like a treasure hunt cos there were only 2 a year and everyone put all their stuff out, but where we live now you have to book them in and they only do a certain amount of houses a month so not so good. love your finds!

  7. Wow

    I'm drooling...... Love the lamp and the table.. Some people have no taste and I can't believe what they throw out.

    Lookin' good

  8. Oh my goodness!! They are AMAZING finds! Well done. They fit your gorgeous room perfectly I love your style :)



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