101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

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101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

Post: # 72797Post mrsflibble
Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:27 pm

I felt I had to start this off the back of the freecycle one. we have communal bins here so it's not technically illegal for us to fish thingsa out.

1. my stereo
2. my mum's toaster
3. small set of shelves
4. my mate's double bed frame
5. my brother in law's fridge
6. Tea's dining table and chairs
7. stereo parts which went to fix out living room music set up
8. wood used on various objects
9. a gas kettle: it was short lived, (freecycled it) but it got us through a non-kettle time when we needed boiled water for a certain squidge

fairly sure that's it... so far.
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Post: # 72803Post hamster
Sun Sep 30, 2007 6:57 pm

10. My slow cooker!!
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Post: # 72805Post cir3ngirl
Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:01 pm

11. A huge piece of bubble wrap that I used for a cold frame.

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Post: # 72812Post johnM
Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:05 pm

12. Original Victorian stripped pine hall cupboard door.

We had removed a crappy modern door, that was about 20cm too short for the opening for our hall cupboard and I was about to go and pay around £75 for a reclaimed one when I happened upon my lucky find.

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Post: # 72991Post Thomzo
Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:41 pm

13. A galvanised metal plant pot that matched ones I already had.

14. A perfectly good silver coloured bucket.

15. Not quite someone else's rubbish but at work we broke up our desks. I have three of the metal frames/legs which are great covered in chicken wire/bubble wrap to protect the veggies from the weather and the chooks. I use one as a temporary chook tractor on nice days.

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Post: # 73091Post frozenthunderbolt
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:56 am

16. the pram all 5 kids in our family used, then turned into a go-cart, then used the wheel rims to make a flying fox with . ..

17. garden tools

18. bikes

19. cabnets

20. bits of sheet metal and barstock and piping used by yours truly for alsorts inclding a still for esential oils and home made armour :lol:
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Post: # 73180Post eccentric_emma
Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:02 pm

21. my amazingly study coffee table with a really deep drawer to hide junk in

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Post: # 73935Post Enormous Sage
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:52 pm

22. My "greenhouse" is made from :
x6 cupboard doors I found in a barn.
x1 piece of plywood salvaged from a nearby fly tipping incident
x2 piece of corrugated plastic from same incident
x4 hinges rescued from an old wardrobe.
various lengths of wood salvaged from building waste / leftovers (housemate).
Huge roll of polythene salvaged from building waste.
(I had to buy the woodstain to paint it with. and some staples for my staple gun)

It has grown most of my seedlings before planting out, x6 tomato plants, x3 pepper plants and a chilli plant ths year.

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Post: # 73936Post Russian Doll
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:24 pm

my computer cupboard

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Post: # 73946Post lizzymahoney
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:57 pm

24. My CD drive
25. a seashell collection
26. tons of candles

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Post: # 73983Post Stonehead
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:30 am

27. A 125cc motorbike (a runner) that I sold for £150.
28. A large fibreglass dinghy (currently a toy for the boys, but with rising sea levels... :mrgreen: )
29. Tyres
30. Tools (a large number of my garden, mechanic's and DIY tools were salvaged).
31. Plants.
32. Concrete blocks.
33. Timber.
34. An anchor.
35. A WW2 army water bottle.
36. Rope.
37. Oodles of 1970s Lego.
38. A large box of 1960s/1970s Airfix and Britains toy soldiers.

But my personal favourite was a skip find made by a friend a few years back. She found all the bits of an ultralight in a skip, salvaged them and sold them.

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Post: # 73999Post theabsinthefairy
Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:37 pm

39. A washing machine.

Went to our local at the side of the road metal skip lorry container to dump some rubbish, and found a top loading washing machine which had some paint streaked down one side. Got it home, a few minutes tinkering with the pump which had seized, and it works perfectly with our eco water system as being a top loader we can halt it at any point in its cycle and add waste water for washing. Perfect.

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Post: # 75309Post eva
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:45 pm

-A bundle of old costume jewelry with some really nice sterling silver bracelets.

-A box of new clothes (fleece vests, some jeans and socks) that were just my size.

-Several wooden chairs.

-A small frying pan perfect for camping.

-A bag of canned food and boxes of cake mix, macaroni, etc.

-A broom

-A case of tofu-to-go spicy pepper and mango tofu dinners (well, out of a store's dumpster, not a person's)

-A crate of bruised pears (out of a grocery store's dumpster)

I love salvaging . . . .

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Post: # 77489Post theabsinthefairy
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:04 am

two boxes of kiddies clothes

Unfortunately not the right size for my daughter, but some really nice things for the local charity shop, and some others for the draught excluders.

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Post: # 77507Post QuakerBear
Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:22 pm

Some two metre by two metre windows, glass and frames intact.

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