Free Stuff!

Tonight- Miss Thrifty and I went … well, not dumpster diving, but hard refuse scrounging. It’s that time of year when the local council comes to collect all kinds of things people want to throw out but can’t because it’s too big to fit in their regular rubbish bin and/or they can’t get it to the dump.

Lots of great and potentially useful things get thrown out, and over the past week or two the streets have accumulated piles of stuff. Every night on the way home from work I would spot something else and think to my self “Ooh! that would be good for something”. Some of the highlights that I’ve seen around include interior doors (matching set of 3, minus door knobs), a display cabinet set (5 or 6 pieces, full height, with glass doors) and the pieces which made us decide to go out and have a look around tonight, two large mirrors.

The problem with having seen all of this and planning to go get it is that it turns out that today was collection day and almost everything was gone! None of the streets I have regularly driven past had anything at all left out, which was very disappointing (the two mirrors we went specifically to get where going to be put together on a wall, one above the other in our new workshop as a full length mirror).

We drove around for a while looking for an area that hadn’t been picked up yet. Eventually we came across one small back street which hadn’t been done. Truthfully it looked as though it had just been missed by the collection trucks. All the streets around had been done, but this one not. Right down the end of the last block in a little dead end section we came across a find that, while not what we set out too get, did make the drive worthwhile.

Standing up against an old washing machine, in amongst a broken chair and some boxes of who knows what was a big whiteboard! The same style used in classrooms and offices.

I’ve wanted to replace/get a second whiteboard for around the house for some time, and this was a beauty! Over 2m long and 1.x something high and metal backed (so we can stick magnets to it) it ticks all the boxes. Bearing in mind that it was out for hard refuse collection it’s not in the best shape. The frame is missing one corner, there are a couple of dents in it, and its got permanent(ish) drawings and words all over it and lots of tape residue too.

It’s a bit beat up, but should be made good again with a bit of elbow grease and turps.

For comparison we found a similar whiteboard new on the website for an office supply shop for $497.13!

Not bad for a freebie off the side of the road!

– Unexpected Idea Man


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