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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nothing Ventured; Nothing Gained

The other morning on the way home from the gym, I was driving down a busy street not far from my house and spotted this by the road.

It might not look like much to you.  But as I was flying past I spotted what looked like a chrome chair in the pile of furniture waiting to be sent to the landfill.  I kept driving, thinking: 
1.  It's raining.
2.  It's probably junk.
3.  This road is really busy, so I would have to park on a side street somewhere and then walk down the busy street's sidewalk.
4.  It's rush hour.

I kept driving but then then thought to myself, "Nothing ventured; nothing gained."  So I turned around at the next intersection and went back to look.  Thankfully I was on my way back from the gym wearing gym clothes, so I could pretend to be jogging down the sidewalk rather than dumpster diving in Foxcroft.

I glanced nervously through the pile and decided that the chrome chair, while sadly not Milo Baughman, was a keeper.  There were probably some other good things, too, but I had too much pride to keep looking.  Like one of those moments where you see a celebrity but play it cool and don't ask for a picture because you don't want to look like an amateur.  Please.  Ask for the picture.  Dig through the pile.

I carried the chair down the street to my car and threw it in the back of my car.  Isn't the chrome frame fabulous?

After I got it home, I looked at it more closely.

Obviously the camel faux leather has to go.  But it has nice lines.  I'm thinking navy velvet?

Have you ventured and gained lately?


My Crafty Home Life said...

I always put my stuff out a day early so people will pick it up. I don't want it to hit the landfill. Be proud of yourself for up-cycling that chair. It's going to be great.

Melissa said...

That would look great with a fretwork desk! I have no (recent) dumpster diving experiences, but I missed out on a rattan fretwork coffee table last week because pride got in the way of digging through an evicted student housing roadside pile.... you've given me courage!!

Katharine @ SouthernBourbonMountains said...

If I saw you on the side of the road going through a pile I would slam on my breaks and jump in with you knowing that something good was in there! LOVE it!!!

Nutbird said...

Always go out of your comfort zone. You can act like your husband put the stuff out, and you are retrieving your favorite things. I think Everyone picks through these piles. They are practically labeled free! We don't have them in our town. We have private garbage men.

Loucinda said...

This made me laugh out loud. And that chair is great! Good lesson!

goheels83 said...

I love that you did this! Navy velvet sounds awesome!

mappingkat said...

Love the chair! I just scored big time recently and got a Hans Wegner inspired rope rocker for free off Craigslist in Raleigh no less. This kind of thing just does not happen here. And if it does, it's generally gross colonial/queen anne type junk. Woot! I love a good find!

Vickie H. said...

Love the chair and love your bravery!!! I think navy velvet will be AWESOME!!! My husband hates that I will do a slow drive-by and ogle other people's cast-off junk...don't care...haven't found anything fabulous YET..but there is ALWAYS tomorrow!!!!! I remain: eternally OPTIMISTIC about my prospects!!! So glad you shared this!!!

Leah said...

this made me laugh! i too have been known to rummage through someone else's "trash!" you scored!

Tere Ávila said...

great post and photos honey, i raelly love them!

Katie Waddell said...

Love this post and yes I do this ALL the time!! :)

traci zeller designs said...

This really made me LOL ... and the chair was worth it!!

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