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.
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/11/2017 | 9 Comments
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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.
I also snatched up this spatula and slotted spoon. They’re Revere Ware, and nicer than any I’ve ever owned.
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.
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.
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?