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Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's coming......

some of our first finds, the house, the swing and the table hidden by the tree, all put out for junk!
In the town I live in twice a year they let you put out your junk.  I think it is called bulk pick up.....It is a day that my family looks forward to every year.  We spend hours in the car, trolling for junk!  We love it, finding a treasure, maybe having to work on it a little, but it is the heart of Upcycling, I love to recycle.  Never throw away, always reuse.  In honor of spring and the upcoming Bulk pickup day.  I give you a few of my past finds!

before and after of an ottoman, free..And I had gotten the fabric for free too.

Item free, results priceless.......

Last October we found this cabinet, perfect condition, just needed some cleaning!

A desk for Liam to do his homework at, all I had to do was scrub it with comet!

This is my daughter's desk and it was off the street too.

We use this dresser to keep the toy clutter down, I still need to get knobs for it, but otherwise it is in great shape!         

Sorry for the sideways picture, this dresser was in sad shape when I picked it up, a few coats of paint and it is a great, gloves and hats dresser.  Yes, hide the clutter!

I think this chair is one of my favorite finds, it was put out on the street with the ugliest cushion covers I had ever scene.  I went out and for about $50.00 in fabric, recovered the existing foam cushions and have a treasure I will keep for a lifetime!

OK, the doll was purchased, and the chair slip covered.  But the chair was free, and in a pair.  I love them, they swivel and are very comfortable!

What are you going to find this year.  recycling can be fun and beautiful, as well as help lessen the load on the landfills, experiment, have fun and most of all enjoy giving items a second home and a new life.

You know what, I forgot the most important lesson of all, teaching your children to give items a new life!  Show them that we are not a throw away world, that what we do matters, give things away don't throw away.  Live a full and upcycled life,