August 14, 2012

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood





Before this morning I had never been dumpster diving, trash picking, curb shopping or any other form of taking someone's garbage and dragging it home and making it mine. This morning fate stepped in to change that when I decided to jump in my car and return some overdue books to the library. I made the executive decision to not bother changing out of my jammies, my short short jammies, no less, to make this 3 block library run.

On the way, I spotted a drop leaf table on a side street. I ran by to see if it was worth risking embarrassing myself in front of neighbors and was a bit relieved to see that half of the table was actually missing.

After I got home I realized I had failed to return a book and went back to the library, this time spotting a wooden crate at the same location. I frantically began calculating the odds of being spotted getting cheeky in my short short jammies and decided it was worth the risk. I felt like I won the gold medal of naughtiness this morning on my daring adventure. Hopefully none of my neighbors were permanently scarred by my shenanigans. Next time I return books I promise I will be properly clothed.


24 comments:

  1. LOL! I can see you jumping out of your car in your jammies....too cute!

    Love the crate...

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  2. that is hilarious!!!!!
    congrats on your gold medal. i'm cracking up :)

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  3. That is funny...it is how it alway happens! What a GREAT find though!

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  4. Hee Hee! How funny! But I'd say the crate was totally worth it!!

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  5. Now not only do you have a great old crate but a funny story to go with it. Just adds to the charm of it, I think. Hopefully, papparazi are not a problem in your neck of the woods.lol btw...I finally finshed my cottage farmhouse kitchen if you want to stop by. Patty

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  6. Great find! Hopefully no one was any the wiser ;) With my luck the car would run out of gas or something if I ventured out in my pjs.

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  7. Great story!!! I'm never brave enough to stop. Maybe next time I'll think of you & decide to be brave, too!!

    Diane J.

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  8. Love it! So worth the risk!

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  9. Seriously- I want to see a picture of that whole episode-not just the prize!!! lol xo Diana

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  10. Congrats! You've taken collecting to the next level!
    Definitely worth the risk :-)
    Karen

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  11. Hmmm, you know once you have the thrill of your first find that it becomes a bit of a compulsion right? It does help that we live in a town that throws away some awesome goodies. Check out the photos of my front porch, it was decorated entirely with cast aways from in town!

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  12. Although I have never left home in my pj's I have picked up many an item on the side of the road! It is thrilling, isn't it!

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  13. lol - love it - i saw a dresser by a dumpster - backed my volvo wagon up - pushed and shoved that thing in and sped off!

    crate = awesome find!!

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  14. Yay! I am so glad that I can comment on your blog now!!! Thanks for adding the name/url option! So many blogs don't have this option, so I cannot comment.

    So funny! I recently pulled something from a rubbish bin as well, and it was also a wood crate! A french wood crate, no less! Only difference... I was fully clothed ;) BUT I would have risked being cheeky were it necessary!

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  15. i definitely think it was worth it. cute!!

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  16. Hi Jen,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!! What a great find, and too funny about being in your jammies!
    Hope you have a lovely day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  17. Great pick-up!! ;)

    Just 2 weeks ago, I spotted 2 out-door chairs on the curb with their trash bin (to pick up the next day). I was on my way to the gym....and was praying they'd be there when I went back by. They were ~ woot!!! I drive a VW Beetle ~ I literally had to drive 2 blocks to my home with the back-end fully open. HA! (note to self...put tie-downs in car). But they were worth it. They are in perfect condition ~ they even swivel and rock. I've got them cleaned up, and they are ready for me to sand and repaint ~ hopefully this weekend. But ~ I'm always afraid the home-owner or neighbor is going to come out and yell at me. HA!

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  18. Thanks for the encouragement Jen...always so great to hear from you! Too funny within minutes my only Zionsville friends comment on my blog....do you by any chance know each other....you would practically be neighbors???
    XO~Hope

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  19. HI Jen,
    Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving such kind words...Tabitha

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  20. LOL, not only do you crack me up, you are me somehow! About the whole being fully clothed, you just never know, huh?!!

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  21. Good for you! I'm always on the lookout for goodies left curbside and have brought many home and straight into my garden. It always surprises me when people can't think of another use for something so obviously cool like your crate!

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