101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

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Post: #94817 blackcrow
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:14 pm

an original cast iron victorian fireplace which was reinstated in my last house (early victorian date) in the living room and was wonderful to sit around to get warm in the winter!

the fire surround was recycled to - planks from old church pews found in a flooded barn, and the hearth was recycled old thick slate tiles from the collapsed roof of an old farm building :wink:

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Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:17 pm

I pulled a bike out of a neighbours rubbish yesterday :cheers: even if we can't fix it up I thought it would be good for spares...
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Post: #94837 eccentric_emma
Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:02 pm

the plant pots i'm using at the moment came out of a neighbours skip!
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Post: #95117 corymbia
Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:11 am

-Our washing machine (there was just a hairpin stuck in the pump)
-My bike
-Four matching cane chairs
-Pots galore
-The best kettle I've ever had (and I was about to go and buy one cos the oh had dropped our enamelled one and chipped it the day before)
-A bottle of aged Benedictine (mmmm skip liquor :drunken: )
-Some VERY expensive bed linen
-Old terracotta tesselated tiles (lots)
-Stereo
-Tent (only missing pegs and storage bag)

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Post: #109373 Lady Willow
Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:09 pm

When I used to take stuff to the local dump, I used to watch the cars parking next to me to see if they had anything I wanted! I could hardly drag myself away!

I got a really good suitcase - perfect apart from the wheels didn't work properly, so it didn't pull along (like, I've got a husband for carrying heavy things!)

Green mesh fencing

Dog bed (at the time I didn't have any dogs, but I was hopeful, now the cat sleeps in it during the winter).

Loads of terracota pots

Vidal Sasoon hairdryer.. .my friend threw it away .. I said, I'll put a new fuse in it for you .. she said no, take it away ... new fuse and it worked perfectly.


I was always horrified at the things people threw away ... great job, working at the dump, apart from the smell.

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Post: #109376 mrsflibble
Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:23 pm

omg I love checking fuses lol!!!
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #109397 ocailleagh
Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:30 pm

Bugger! I saw a pair of trough-style planters in a skip on the way to the shops but forgot and came back a different way! I hope they're still there tomorrow! They even had soil and (dead) plants in them, which'd be great for the compost bin!
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Post: #109399 mrsflibble
Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:40 pm

technically you should get permission... meh.
oh how I love my tea, tea in the afternoon. I can't do without it, and I think I'll have another cup very
ve-he-he-he-heryyyyyyy soooooooooooon!!!!

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Post: #109445 ocailleagh
Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:12 pm

From a skip? Really? I thought you could just take stuff..oops! :oops:
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Post: #109446 ocailleagh
Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:15 pm

Heh...that is, to take stuff from a skip. I didn't think you meant ask the skip's permission...honestly! :lol:
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Post: #109805 smbm
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:27 am

eccentric_emma wrote:the plant pots i'm using at the moment came out of a neighbours skip!


Ditto. Found 3 the other day, just what I needed for the pepper plants I've just acquired.

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Re: 101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

Post: #117094 Glorfon
Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:40 am

The 2004 herbal almanac
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Japanese Phrases for Dummies

...there's a library dumpster I frequent

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Re: 101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

Post: #117109 eccentric_emma
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:26 am

i cant believe a library throws books away!! thats insane.

i just got a washing basket out of a bin the other day, and also got a clothes rack to hang my washing on! so im doing well. also, at glastonbury quite a few people left stuff so we ended up with heaps of cans of soup, a big bag of pasta and a load of snack pots (kind of like pot noodles but a bit less icky) which will do my husband great for when he's at work.
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Re: 101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

Post: #117276 Glorfon
Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:29 am

eccentric_emma wrote:i cant believe a library throws books away!! thats insane.


First monday of every month, they throw out boxes full of books. It's terrible that they do it but it works out wonderfully for me.

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Re: 101 wonderous objects fished out of other people's rubbish

Post: #117295 eccentric_emma
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:52 am

Glorfon wrote:
eccentric_emma wrote:i cant believe a library throws books away!! thats insane.


First monday of every month, they throw out boxes full of books. It's terrible that they do it but it works out wonderfully for me.


yeah part of me wishes my local library would do that so i could get free books (although i'd end up taking the lot and not having room in my house to breathe) but then again yes it is terrible they do that. well done for you for rescuing some of them though!
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