I love to go junking and thrift store shopping. I do it on a regular basis generally. But, I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to a thrift store. I suppose it was before the holidays. I’m hoping to go one day soon.
Even though I haven’t been to a thrift store I do have a couple of things to share with you.
I had a the busiest New Year’s Eve I’ve had in years, hanging out with friends, playing games, dinner, then more games. In between all of that one of my good friends told me she saw a dresser on the side of the road where she lives. I borrowed a truck, and an extra set of hands, headed out in the dark to pick up this gem. I couldn’t really get a look at it, but figured if I didn’t want it, I could always put it out to the street for another person to take it home.
I picked it up after dinner, and before hanging out for more fun. I left it in the truck and covered it with plastic to keep the frost off of it. The next morning I was able to get a better look. Someone had let a candle melt all over it, and it had a lot of garbage in the drawers—but the price was right! I paid $20 for the last dresser I repurposed.
UPDATE: Unbelievable makeover on this dresser
Now for the other goodies. I think I’ve hit the weathered fence jackpot! My plumber called me a few days ago to tell me that a friend of his installs vinyl fencing, and this friend drops off old fencing for my plumber to burn. He said there were a couple of different kinds on the burn pile currently, neither being your typical dog eared fencing. I asked if the fence was still in sections and he said yes. We had a break in the weather over the weekend, so I was able to borrow a truck (and an extra set of hands) again….
This is what we saw when we arrived! Oh my!! Can you imagine the smile on my face when I saw this wonderfully weathered wood?
Love this style of fencing. Much of it was fairly green with mold. UPDATE: see what I did with this reclaimed wood fencing.
Sadly, this is all I brought home—one section of the 8 ft fence that I use for my directional wedding signs, and two sections of the shorter picket fence. You can see in the picture (further up) how far we had to carry these sections. There were tire marks in the grass, so it may be okay with the homeowner (my plumber) to drive in the yard, but it was very soggy and wet. I hope that this will be a regular supply of weathered fencing for me. I think next time I may take some sawhorses and tools and dismantle the boards on site, leaving the undesirables behind to burn.
Would you have been happy with these finds? What would you make from all of this free fencing?
ps these are some of the things I've made from reclaimed fencing:
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