I am a treasure hunter. I seek out cheap thrills in dark corners of thrift shops, down back allies of garage sales and in my most glorious of moments- other people's garbage.
Today, I was up at 8am. EIGHT AM!! Weird. I went to the gym, came home and about three blocks from my house I saw a sign for an estate sale. Excited, I parked my car at home and walked all the way up to the house that this supposed estate sale was at (like 15 blocks!), saw the street sweeper dude twice. Alas, no estate sale. They had left the signs up from the the week before (and according to my upstairs neighbor, it was a sucky estate sale anyway.) On my walk back home in the cold sprinkles (I pass the street sweeper dude again), I see a pile of garbage, and peaking out was an officers hat. I grabbed it and lo and behold, there was a wooden ironing board right there too!
"Come on ironing board, you're coming with me!!" I said. Out loud. I'm glad most of the time there is no one around to hear me talk to inanimate objects. Luckily for me, the ironing board didn't protest, and neither did the American flag wrapped around a pole. I took that home, too.
Street sweeper went past.
I got my treasures into the house when my upstairs neighbor (my number one enabler for thrift store shopping) pulls in. I show her my finds, and she declares that we must go back to said garbage pile to excavate. Off we went.
20 minutes later, we pull back into the garage with very dirty hands and:
-a wool coat with fur trim
-a pair of shoes, formal, from the 40's
-an overseas cap
-vintage lace, ribbon and christmas kitsch
-a bunch of vintage clothes
-vintage lingerie, still in the Boston Store box
-some boards (I think she wants to make shelves from them or something).
To think, someone was throwing all of that away! I can't wait to woolite all of my finds and give them a proper new home.
Oh yeah, obligatory naked picture-
By Lionel, of EyeWonder in DC. I can't wait for MM to have it's act together again after the DDOS attacks so I can put all of my new awesome pictures up, this one included.