Tuesday, May 22, 2012

You say trash. I say...

...what is WRONG WITH YOU!!!!???

Seriously.

Mr. Jenny took the can to the curb a few days ago, came in, and said, "Do you know it's open trash day?"

I leaped up from my cozy bed.

I got dressed in 3.1 seconds.   Flat.

Forget brushing teeth.   Forget brushing hair.   Forget putting contact lenses into my eyeballs!

"Fall out, soldier!" I screamed, startling poor Mr. Jenny half to death.

He compliantly (and perhaps fearfully) got in the car...

and WE WERE OFF!

Geez.

The treasures I found.


Approximately 2,695,312 tree limbs...

Piles of empty cardboard boxes...

Many hardened bags of concrete (sad, cuz I needed a few bags for a project here)...

62 mattresses...

All kinds of stuffing-spewing upholstered furniture waiting to be picked up...

A cool coffee table (that wouldn't fit in the trunk of the car)...

And entire Little Tykes set of play furniture including the kitchen and playyard (which would also not fit into the trunk of my car)...

A cool stepping stone (mine...mwahahahahahaha...all mine...)

A lot of warped plywood...and some neatly cut squares of non-warped plywood that I will use to paint signs on...

A sweet table already prepped for mosaic work that magically fit into the trunk of my car.

Yeah.

I had so much fun...

...although I suspect Mr. Jenny's back was hurting from slumping down so far in his seat in shame of being in the presence of his trash picking wife...

I feel bad that I made him feel that way.

But I'm going to google when the next open trash day is in my city.

And between now and then I'm going to buy a truck, get some kind of camoflauge to wear so when people drive by they won't recognize me...

...and find someone to drive me that won't hunch down in shame in the drivers seat.

Geez.

C'mon people.

I'm all about the recycling.

And saving the landfills.

There is certainly no SHAME in that.

Right?

Right!!!!!!????
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36 comments:

Yolanda @ Chickens on the Moon said...

I go out and do this every year with my dad!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Aw heck - why hide? Just drive that beater truck up the curb and shovel stuff in, ideally while wearing a straw hat, well-worn overalls with a tube top. I'm guessing that is not your usual attire - so who would notice?
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shannon i olson said...

we just got done with Clean up week, I found the most amazing thing! It is listed on my blog as curbside beauty, come and see! What a great time we had that week!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I like the tube top idea.

Sue said...

Wish I were there to be your driver!

=)

Sue said...

PS. Scratch that. Your accomplice.

;)

Dazee Dreamer said...

The best way ever to find things that people think are junk. You definitely need a truck. if all else fails you could rent one from Home Depot on those days.

Amy said...

One man's trash is another man's treasure. There is no shame in dumpster digging. Especially if you get cool things for FREE! Be period my friend, be proud.

Sandy said...

Oh-OH....Please tell me when this is kiddo next time, I will hit my neck of the woods...:) Love doing this! Sandy

Sandy said...

Oh-OH....Please tell me when this is kiddo next time, I will hit my neck of the woods...:) Love doing this! Sandy

beckyp said...

I would have made that Little Tykes stuff fit somehow Either that or attached it to the roof of my car. My city does spring clean up once a year in April I didn't go though (sad face)

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Trash to treasure baby, I can sooo visualize you doin' this! Heeehehehe!

God bless and enjoy your new loot sweetie!!! :o)

Ms. A said...

You go, Girl! Curbside has the best prices on reclaimed treasures. Worth buying a truck for!

myletterstoemily said...

one person's trash is another person's
treasure! mr. jenny is the pirate.

Theresa said...

I have never heard of this but count me in:). I will slam on brakes for a good pile of treasures tossed to the curb! Hugs

Allie said...

I am your driver cousin! You let me know when and I am all in!!!! Wohoooo I have never seen or heard of such a thing, but it sounds like tooo much fun!!

mub said...

That sounds like a blast! I wish they'd do that here now and then.

mub said...

That sounds like a blast! I wish they'd do that here now and then.

Kim said...

You need a bigger trunk!

Maybe you can meet another "treasure hunter" at the next trash event and get some tips about where you can find the best stuff!

Dark glasses and a hat would make a great disguise for Mr. Jenny...you can call him Raoul to fool people.

Pondside said...

Jenny - just sew a maple leaf to your jacket or cap and everyone will think you're a snowbird - I'll send you one!

Brenda said...

Great Post!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I would have been there cheering you on Jenny. What a great idea.
Dana

SweetMelissa said...

Hot diggity...I'm all giddy for ya!! Last week was dump week in the town I work in, only they don't "curb" it, they can haul it to the dumpground for free. The dumpground happens to be only a hop and a skip from my job so guess what I did on my lunch break for THREE days in a row, in my white lab shirt??? Holy cr*p, you guessed right! Anywho...I filled my vehicle each time, AND had to take a trailer for a bit more. YEEHAW!!! Scored a dresser right off a guys trailer as he drove in. Funny thing....he asked me how much I thought he could make on it. BwaHaaHaaHaa. Seriously? I said "Considering where you are right now...NUTHIN!"

Ames said...

You made me giggle out loud. That is too funny. Hey, I've picked a few curbs before, I don't see the shame in that. But I would still go incognito. Skip the tube top and wear a wife beater and draw a fake I Love Mom tat on you and your good to go. You gonna share finds with us??~Ames

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh I would be right beside you Miss Jenny....but we would need a truck!

Stef said...

Open trash day...heck you can come over to my house and well...treasure unmeasured.

H said...

Wow1 Trash Day doesn't exist over here! What a bummer :(

vivian said...

you always make me laugh! Ive never heard of an open trash day.. I dont think we have them here.. but i do plan on hitting up some yard sales this weekend!
have a great day!
xoxo

Busy Bee Suz said...

I have never heard of such a thing!!! I know you though...and you can turn anything into a treasure.
Recycling at it's best and that makes me HAPPY!!!
xoxo

pasqueflower said...

The thrill of the hunt!
Think of it as upcycling all those treasures you rescued from the scrap heap.
Mr. Jenny is a good sport.

Judie said...

Oopen trash day? What an interesting concept! Rod would be totally mortified! You are one lucky woman, Miss Jenny, that Steve actually goes with you and helps!!

Paige said...

Can't wait to see what you do with these finds!

Erika said...

People drive by here on trash days; it is how several businesses are thriving.

But I like the idea of the camo.

Anita said...

Yes, you are absolutely right!!!!

Now I have to Google "Open trash day" because I have no idea how it works. :)

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Every trash day is open trash day here. When we want to get rid of something...we put it out on Wednesday morning and it is almost always gone long before the trash guys get here. I love it when someone takes something...I'd much rather someone use it than have it go to the dump!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Right! I'd drive you, but we'd probably end up fighting over the trash. laurie