Wow! I’m still basking in the glow of this amazing find.

When we were in Vancouver last weekend we were driving down the street to get to a family party when I saw from a passing alley a couple of chairs next to the dumpster. It took me a couple seconds to decide to tell Cam. He rolled his eyes and asked if my mentioning it meant I wanted him to turn around. I usually drive in the city since it’s something he loathes doing so I knew he didn’t want to turn around. BUT I could have sworn those chairs were wood so I said yes, can he turn around please.¬†

Not having lived in the city or that particular neighbourhood, like I had, he couldn’t believe that these gorgeous wooden chairs could be put out as trash. He didn’t understand that people put things out like this so interested parties can come take them away. He didn’t want me to take them. I didn’t care. Did I mention they were gorgeous? They were placed between the dumpster and the alley so I put them in the back of the truck. Lifting the darker chair resulted in two of the legs falling out of the holes. On quick inspection it was clear that only a little wood glue would be needed to fix this problem.

So here are my two fabulous finds. I really love them!

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9 Responses to Score!

  1. greenteacher says:

    oooh, I especially love that second one…we are SUCH garbage pickers here too! We love garbage night, and often take drives in the evening before garbage day just to see what people have chucked away!

  2. Angela says:

    nice score! we are big fans of Freecycle, and have found new homes for many things we don’t/can’t use anymore that way. i really love the lines of the first chair!

  3. JT says:

    Definite score! We are looking forward to warmer weather here…Warmer weather = fun garage sale finds! Beautiful chairs!

  4. peggy says:

    Score!
    I especially love the first one – midcentury, looks like. Does it say anything under it?

  5. Those are such sweet chairs! I have a soft spot for that first one:) We’re moderate garbage pickers here too – my work desk is the most recent one but all our deck furniture came from our neighbour offering them up like you describe. Fortunately we’ve been able to make some trades too.

    I’m glad you had such a great trip to the MAINLAND..

  6. Annie says:

    Gen you stalking roadside junk at night made me think of that show- Junk Brothers. Have you seen that? They stalk still useable junk put out on curbs, take it, fix it up into something else and put it back much to the surprise of the people who threw it out.

    Angela- We do Freecycle too. I’ve been moderating at least one Freecycle group for the last four years so I’ll admit I sometimes worry about asking for items I see offered. I worry I’ll get first choice simply because I moderate the group!

    Jt- Hey, I’m sorry about sharing this here but I was trying to comment on your blog with no success. Are you worried about getting spam if you allow the name/url option?

    Peggy- I really like this one too although I’m not sure how old it is. I think you may be right about it being midcentury… It has german (I think) underneath. The tag says:
    Materialzusammensetzung:
    Mobelstoff: Gladau
    42% Vishosefaser
    40% Vigogne-fraser
    18% Wolle
    and stamped beside: Hergestellt in der DDR which oddly takes you to a photo forum if you google it. Ha. Anyway, it means “made in the GDR” so at least I know where it’s from.

    The darker chair I like a lot but it’s just from Ikea.

  7. JT says:

    Oh gee…thanks for the notice, I was completely unaware! I tweaked a few things behind the scenes to see if that allows comments – give a try again when you get some time and hopefully we will be more successful! Again…thank you!

  8. lisa says:

    Wow, you lucky thing you! I love love the first chair!

  9. paxye says:

    Great find!!! Love them!!

    we have found many things in the garbage over the years… Montreal can be a treasure cove at times… especially around moving day…

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