While out for a walk the other day, my husband and I spotted a huge curb pile. We stopped to take a look; and it was full of so many good things, my husband went home for the car. Here are some highlights from our haul.

Name-Brand Curb Finds

By Erin Huffstetler | 03/11/2017 | 9 Comments
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Kindle Fire Charger

This Kindle Fire charger is one of the first things that I spotted. With two teenagers in the house, mine had mysteriously gone missing. I could have ordered another one off of Amazon for $19.99, but I decided to take advantage of Curb Mart’s deal instead. Hopefully, I can do a better job of hiding this one.

Revere Ware Spatula and Slotted Spoon

I also snatched up this spatula and slotted spoon. They’re Revere Ware, and nicer than any I’ve ever owned.

Art Supplies

And I think this is the first time I’ve ever come across art supplies in a curb pile. I found gesso, a fan brush, a paint palette and palette brushes, brush cleaner, high-quality colored pencils and a kneadable eraser. The kids had been asking for gesso to cover over some of their old paintings, so they can reuse the canvases. Now, I won’t have to buy any.

But my biggest find was a bag of bedding. Normally, this isn’t something I’d pull out of a curb pile, but everything was so neatly folded inside a comforter bag, and from what I could see, it looked to be really high quality stuff. After seeing the quality of everything else in the pile, I decided to bring it home for a closer look.

Pottery Barn Bedding

When I picked up the bag to load it into the car, I was surprised by its heft. It weighed WAY more than a comforter set should weigh. As soon as I got it home and unzipped the bag, I discovered why: It contained three matching duvet covers and 11 pillow shams! While searching for a tag to tell me what size the duvet covers were, I discovered Pottery Barn tags on everything! It all looked brand new; I’m not even sure it had ever been used, so I decided to keep it.

Closeup of Bedding

After washing everything, we measured the duvet covers to see what size they were. We ended up with two queen size covers and one king size, plus four euro shams and seven standard shams. Going by the cheapest bedding prices on Pottery Barn’s website, that’s almost $700 worth of bedding! Can you believe someone just threw it out?

We have a single bedroom at our cabin, with two queen beds, so this is an awesome find for us. We’ll have matching beds! Now I just need to watch for a good deal on down comforters.

My Curb Find Wish List

Inspired by our latest finds, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of what I’m hoping to find in curb piles this year. I’m mostly looking for stuff for the cabin. Without further ado, here’s my current curb find wish list:

  • Doors (for my secret project at the cabin)
  • A screen door for our cabin’s backdoor
  • Picnic tables
  • Cinder blocks for building a well house
  • Porch decking (we built our bathhouse porch out of curbshopped materials. I’m hoping we’ll be able to do the same for our cabin)
  • Poly wicker furniture
  • A porch swing
  • Queen headboards
  • Flower bulbs

Let’s see how many of these items I can cross off my list!

What are you hoping to find in curb piles this year?

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    • I’d like to find headboards for both beds. I have a Jenny Lind headboard and footboard that I pulled out of a curb find a while back. I’d either like to find another one of those, or two iron beds. I’m also on the lookout for outdoor-rated ceiling fans w/ light kits to use inside the cabin. And I still need to come up with something cool to serve as the ceiling in the cabin. I’m REALLY hoping we’ll be able to replace the roof and wire the cabin this year. If that happens, I’ll finally get to do all the finishing work. We’ve had really good luck finding furniture and kitchen stuff in curb piles. I can’t think of too many other things that we need at the moment. It’s mostly just a matter of getting past the roofing and wiring, so that I can show you guys how it all came together. I have lots of finds tucked away for that 🙂

  1. Wow! Amazing find for the linen. If you want to have three queen size covers rather than two queen and a king it is only a few minutes work to cut and sew down the side of the king size cover to convert it into a queen. I can’t believe that it has taken me 30years of buying linen to realise that!

  2. Great finds. Do you think it is possible that these items were left for a charity pick-up rather than the trash? Just wondering because it seems so dumb for someone to throw this stuff away – but I know that it does happen.

    • No. It was actually an eviction pile. We talked to the people who had hauled it out. This is all stuff that had been left behind. Sad, but I guess putting it to use is better than seeing it go to the dump.

  3. I found a nice maple headboard for a full-sized bed at yard sale for $2.00 once…so almost free. My husband refinished it and it came out beautiful.

    I don’t see curb piles much around my area, but it’s really great to see all of your found treasures!

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