My Favorite Curb Finds

By Erin Huffstetler | 09/17/2021 | 11 Comments

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Curbshopping is one of our favorite past times, and we’ve found some pretty awesome things over the years. So, I thought it would be fun to put together a gallery of our best finds.

It’s amazing to see what people throw away, and just as amazing to see what you can do with those cast-offs.

I plan to keep this gallery updated with our latest finds, so if you see it back on the blog landing page, you’ll know we’ve found something new.

Click on any of the images below to open a slideshow with bigger photos and the story behind each curb find.

After you check out the gallery, I’d love to hear about your favorite curb finds. Use the comments box at the bottom of the post to tell me about them.

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  1. Erin,

    I love your curbside finds! I do a bit of that and some other things as well. You’ve been quite the inspiration and Go-to as well. Thank you for sharing all these neat ideas. I do a lot of “prepping” such as alternative heat sourcing, drying food, reusing grey water…that kind of thing. It’s most enouraging to see what others are doing as well. The world is a better place when we share ideas. Thank you!

  2. My goodness. Where on earth do you live? We are not allowed to leave things curbside where I live. Wish we could. Also…what do you do with the jars?

    • We live in East Tennessee. Our town has large trash collection once a month, in addition to the regular weekly trash collection. You just stick anything big at the curb for pick up. Lots of people drive around ahead of the collection date to curb shop. It keeps tons of stuff out of the landfill.

      I use the jars to organize craft supplies. They’re great for beads, buttons and other smalls.

  3. Awesome finds! We found a pile of those bread trays also. We use them in our root cellar. They are perfect for storing all of our veggies after harvest.

  4. Nice finds and great job repurposing them! My favorite curbside find was an antique 1890s-1910s Au Depart trunk that seemed in pretty bad shape but only needed some borax and shellac to look beautiful. The best part is that I found a handwritten note inside listing an address through which I located a family member, and artist about 80 years old with a public website, who remembers when the trunk was sent to her house by her aunt when she was a little girl. She told me stories about its original owners, her great aunt later her aunt, whose shared initials are stenciled on the canvas, and I was able to provide her with details I found in my research that she hadn’t known (for instance she knew her uncle was injured in WWI but not specifically that he was wounded above the heart at Argonne on the Western Front). I’ve had the trunk appraised at $2500-3500 but I’m not selling it; I’m keeping it to store some of my other found treasures, as well as some memories shared.

  5. Thanks for your great tips, especially the one about how to use eggshells. I plan on trying them on my tomato plants this year.

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