Friday, May 3, 2013

At the end of the afternoon...

...we were filthy dirty...

...and grinning at each other like kids in a candy store.

We drove out of the gate and glanced back at the truck bed filled with gritty treasures.

Here's part of what happened during our adventure of the day.
I've been writing about Mr. Jenny's and my journey to salvage at the now defunct GM Proving Grounds.  To read the last segment, just click here.
Early afternoon we headed out to meet Terry...a contact I hud dug up through some pretty intense phone calls.
We drove by all the razor wire...
And sat outside the gates waiting for our entrance through the secured portal.
A few other cars and trucks went in.   Each stopped inside the gate to make sure we didn't tail-gate into the enclosure.
My phone went off and there was a text from Terry, telling us he was on his way up to the gate to let us in!
Mr. Jenny and I kept glancing at each other in excitement.
Finally, a dusty pick-up pulled up and the gate opened.
A sun-tinted window rolled down and a sun-browned arm motioned us to follow!
We followed the driver through paved roads bordered by rubble.
I felt like I was at a ping pong match.   My head whipped back and forth trying to see all the salvage stuff everywhere.  Piles of bricks and blocks and steel beams and equipment.
After a few long minutes, the truck we were following pulled into a low bunker-like, building.
I jumped out of the truck in excitement.
Inside the huge roll-up doors I could see all kinds of stuff!
I waited patiently for Terry to disembark from his truck.
I really didn't.
I was pretty much just dancing around and jumping up and down.
Mr. Jenny and I shook hands with the handsome, sun-darkened guy and we went inside.
"'re looking for what specifically?" he asked.

"Signs, industrial furniture, cool metal that can be re-purposed, rusty..."
Terry held up a hand to stop my long list.  "Got it," he said, "You're like my like all the weird stuff, right?"
"Right!" I beamed at him.  
"Follow me!"  Terry said...
...and we did.
Oh my.
He took us into a room with tons of industrial lighting, heliport lights, spotlights, cool metal boxes, eye-wash stations and sinks.  There was so much stuff in that room that I actually squeaked in excitement. 
"Just look around and remember what you might be interested in.   We have lots more stuff to look at."
He took us in another room with fire equipment and waste disposal equipment and more cool iron, steel and aluminum bits and bobs.
I squeaked again.
He took us in another room with several hundred signs stacked up in a giant pile.   I started digging through.   I handed quite a few to Mr. Jenny to set aside.  After thirty minutes of digging I didn't even put a dent in the pile.
We went into the main part of the room.  I found some awesome industrial tables with plank tops and an industrial bench and a cool office chair.  I found a bright blue chest filled with electrical parts.
Another room yielded a bright orange chest and a metal yield flashing light and funky, cool lighting.   A stack of drinking fountains caught my eye.
I was on overload.
Terry was fabulous.
He and Mr. Jenny were laughing like crazy at me because I was so excited.
We filled up the truck.
Terry was quite reasonable on everything we purchased.
And then said that he had some more buildings with more furniture and things and wondered if we wanted to come back.
COME BACK!!!????
Are you kidding?
We're going back today.
And I can hardly wait.
Here's some of the stuff we 'rescued' and I can't wait to show you what else we find today.

Mr. Jenny and I are still grinning this morning from our adventures of yesterday.
I double washed all of our clothes to get the grease and grime out of them...
...and I can hardly wait to get them dirty again today!
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Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I'm looking forward to finding out what you're going to do with some of the other treasures! Good luck finding more.

Janie Junebug said...

I look forward to seeing your next haul. I wish I could hear your squeak of excitement.


Esther Joy said...

Love the trunk looking things, ...and the sign on the bathroom door!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You make bring the expression "kid in a candy store" to life. That grin is visible across the room! Love it!

You go, girl!



Rita said...

I could almost hear your squeak! Now the furniture--wow! That would get me more excited! I love old desks and chairs and such. Can hardly wait to see that trip!! :)

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Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Oh my gosh!! How exciting! Love it all!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I had to go back to get the full story! How fun and I felt like I was right there with you. I don't know what you are going to do with all that stuff, but I can't wait to find out!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Are you stopping for a bigger truck or a U-Haul on the way back?

Maggie Grace said...

That would be me in a spa with carte blanche! A restricted military base had a "garage sale""? Nice writing!

Pam Beers. said...

I really like the trash can. It's amazing what a coat of paint and some elbow grease can do for some really cool looking recyclables.

Jo said...

what fabulous treasures!!!

Jeanie said...

I love the orange and blue boxes. Can't wait to see what else you find. You're good to go until Mr. Jenny finds a Stop sign.

Ms. A said...

You are definitely going to need a bigger truck!

Pondside said...

Jenny, you and Mr Jenny have the best dates! I can't even imagine getting access to such a place - you were in heaven!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I would have been squealing and jumping up and down with you! What cool stuff! Can't wait to see more and what you do with it!!!

hugs, Linda

pasqueflower said...

What an adventure! And what a haul!! The Pickers have some stiff competition--you and Mr. Jenny!

Anonymous said...

Nice treasure hunting. Quit the haul. Nice pickings. The grease and electrical smell is heady. Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

What a bonanza! So excited for you!!


Splendid Little Stars said...

"you like all the weird stuff"
treasures, I'd say!

Anita said...

The world would be so boring if there were not people like you and Mr. Jenny!

I'm glad you see life where others do not.

Busy Bee Suz said...

How exciting for you Jenny.....I love that you are repurposing so much of this stuff. Cana't wait to see what you find next!

Amy said...

Oh what a treasure trove for you! I am very jealous of those trunks. Especially the orange one. Wowzers, how lucky are you?!