One Man's Trash....

....is a crazy/hormonal pregnant woman's treasure!!  But before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you the story.  So, this past weekend I was on a routine trip to the "transfer station" (apparently my town is a little too proud to call it like it is....a DUMP) when I decided to take a quick peek at the swap area.  One of my neighbors clued me in on this when we first moved in and I can't tell you how excited I was.  The point of the swap is to leave your unwanted items (ones that you can't justify throwing out or don't want to bother selling, but just can't find a place for) so that someone else can use them.  It's like a free craigslist!!  The best part being that you never know what you might find.  So instead of sending B solo to take the trash out on Saturdays, I make it a point to volunteer my services or offer to join and "help out"!  And every time, I glance over at the swap area to see if there are any goodies left to be had.  Well, I lucked out on Saturday because this beauty was just sitting there waiting for me.

Look at her curves and the beautiful finish.  Oooh.  It was love at first sight.....and not just because she was free.  She was in PERFECT condition.  There were literally no scratches, dents or broken parts to be found on the entire piece.  I'm not even sure there is a piece of furniture in my house that I can say that about at the moment.  But back to the story......so, it just so happens that I was in the market for a piece of furniture in the corner of my living room (where the xmas tree was).  I have been looking on craigslist and stopping at yard sales recently but nothing was catching my eye.....until that day!!  I spent a few seconds wondering why someone would give up such a lovely thing and thinking about what it was used for in its past life, but then I quickly snapped out of it and realized I better act fast!  I scanned around to see if anyone else was eyeing it before I made a mad dash over to claim my prize (and by mad dash I mean that I went a little faster than I normally go.....my dashing skills are a little on the slow side these days)!  And thankfully it wasn't heavy (since we both know that I wasn't leaving that place without it), the only problem was that it's not very easy to carry anything when you're pregnant, so I caught a few people watching me out of the corner of their eyes thinking, "hmm...maybe it smells like candy and pickles because she is REALLY excited about it?"  I was a woman on a mission and I wasn't going to stop until this thing was safely locked in my trunk!! 

And that brings me to my next point.  Since its a free-for-all, there are literally "vulchers" circling the place on a daily basis just waiting for the right piece to come along.  I recognized a few people that I've seen there every time that I go (which is usually around 10 am on Saturday mornings).  Either we are on the same schedule or they are just ALWAYS there waiting for the right moment to swoop in.  They are probably thinking the same thing about me though....haha!  It's not a bad hobby though.  I'm sure if someone had the time and the talent, it would be a lucrative business to pick up free unwanted pieces, fix them up, and sell them for a pretty penny on craigslist.  Hm....wheels turning.....

So, that is my treasure story from the weekend.  I have starting moving things around to see what I can put on her.  I will be back on Monday to share an update on the living room.  Can't wait to redecorate!!!

Also, in other news, we picked up some patio furniture this past weekend as well.  I am still looking for some cushions and an umbrella, but hopefully we will tackle that project as well this weekend and I can report back next week.  Stay tuned!


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