My neighbors have the greatest trash.
I should clarify: my neighborhood has a very active listserv. People often post that they're getting rid of one thing or another and that it's available for pick-up on their curb.
It turns out that this is just the sort of thing that appeals to my cheapskate, Mormon heart. And I've really lucked out picking stuff up from my neighbors "trash piles" in this way.
I've scored a chair, a 50's style rolling desk chair, a library lamp, a vintage steamer trunk, an x-box (complete with 5 controllers, a headset and 25 games), a console table and a few other things.
But, my favorite "rescue item" is probably the American Girl doll brass bedstead that I snagged while on a walk a couple weeks ago. I saw it and knew my niece, Ella, would just love it to use with her American Girl doll.
The bedstead was in perfect condition- just a little dusty, so I came home and quickly cleaned it up. Then I used things I had around the house to make a mattress, a quilt and a couple pillows. I love the mint green and pink with the brass. So much, in fact, that I am almost tempted to keep this for myself. Not that I have ever had a doll (I had Ninja Turtle action figures instead) or a kid with a doll, but it's just so cute!
Brass bedstead - free
Quilt, mattress and pillows - free
Time spent - about a half hour
I can't wait to give this to little Ella. She'll like it, don't you think?