What is in your Neighbor's Garbage?

Okay...those close to me know I have a "thing"..okay~ "addiction" to looking and driving around my neighborhood looking at houses. There are some amazing homes! Around 6:50 am after taking the kids to the shuttle...I took a quick trip down one of our cul de sacs~

There in the garbage I saw these....

However, I was in my night shirt (short)...there was no WAY I could get out of my car plus they weighed a ToN!

So I hurried home....met my husband at the door {who was hurrying to get to work in his shirt and tie}....in my NICEST way I ask...

"Mr. Sandy Toes...one street over..down the cul de sac are these amazing plant containers...could you grab them for me?". I didn't think he would do it but 5 minutes later they were on my driveway {THANK YOU!!!!}.

Within 10 minutes of delivery...I had my sandpaper and can of spray paint out and went to work!!!

2 hours later ran to get some "ferns"


Ta-da!!!!! Have you looked in your neighbors garbage lately????

53 comments:

Jan the crazy lady said...

I don't do my neighbors, but I always have my eyes open too :)

What a great find and you did a super job.

Julie said...

I wish I could do that here. I cannot, they don't even have garage sales... just trash days.

Liz said...

Wow.... those turned out amazing! Great find!

a woman who is said...

NO WAY! Those are amazing. What a deal. I just bought one of those the next size up I think. Hefty price tag. Your hubby is the best.

a woman who is said...

LOL... I just clicked on a picture and saw you spray painted the grass. I do the same thing and my hubby has a fit. I am the black spray paint queen around here. I have recycled quite a few items that way!!!

Faye said...

Sandy,I needed this today.this story is just to cute.Please keep me in your prayers.I go to the doctor after while!Have a great day! Blessings , Faye

Mari said...

Glad you kept your eyes open. They turned out great!

Mrs. S. said...

How cute! How nice of Mr. Sandy Toes to go and get those for you!

April said...

You hit the JACKPOT! I can't get over it! Someone was, actually, tossing those in the garbage? I love what you've done with them! If anyone could transform them...it's YOU!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

TOTAL SCORE...WOW!!! That was a terrific find!! They look great on your porch:)

Enjoy!

Lisa

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

Oh my! How could they throw those out??? Awesome for you though. We used to live in an area on the beach that had lots of great stuff on the curb. I've done it too!

duchess said...

Why would someone throw those out?
Good news for you, though.
They look great.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a great find: Your urns and your nice husband!!!!

Sarah said...

I'm jealous! I need to start looking around my neighborhood! They look great and I love the ferns!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What fabulous finds!! And yes, "curb shopping" (as it's known here) is quite the thing to do. We have clean-up week in the spring (last week) & in the fall. The night before pick-up, everyone is going through everyone's garbage. Last week, I was dressed to the nines on my way to work, after I dropped my 2 girls off at school), and I saw a couple of large pieces of lattice work -- perfect for the garden! But I had no time to stop and couldn't see myself in my skirt and heels trying to wrestle those things out from under the green bags. So [sob, sob], I lost them to the garbage man -- or some other lucky slob.

Jill said...

Fabulous!!! now that's "trash to treasure"!

Denise said...

I have actually taken things out of people's trash before! One was a HUGE real ficus tree. It was kind of bare on one side but I strategically placed it so it wasn't noticeable from public view.

Jboo said...

Gorgeous!! What a great deal!

Janet

Smelling Coffee said...

What a fun find! Yes... I pick things up from my neighbor's garbage too.

Once I took a trunk that I thought would look great on my front porch, but it was too big, so the next day it was on the street in my garbage. I saw the neighbors slowly drive by... it was funny to think of what must have been going through their heads!

Betsy said...

Love that! My husband is neat freak about our garage so everyone elses garages often look super dirty to me. We do not use ours for junk. We park our cars in it and everything else is super organized.

Jillene said...

Sweet!! They look great!!

Astrid said...

What a lucky find! I wouldn't find anything like that around here.

forever folding laundry said...

That is a fantastic find! Are you tempted to anonymously send those neighbors a picture of how nice they look now to show them what they're missing? =)

~Keri

Cathe Holden said...

No one is safe in my neighborhood now! Way to go on the amazing redo!! Wow!

Joanna said...

Those are beautiful! My neighbors never put anything out.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Lucky you - those look fantastic!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a find!!! Oh my goodness! I know you were thrilled! Good for you for having your eyes open, Sweets! Lori

Darlene said...

Our neighbors NEVER have anything good like that!!! I can't believe someone was throwing those away! Good for you!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Oh, what a find!! And such a good hubby you have as well :)! They look just lovely on your patio!

monica said...

Wow - they are beautiful. Great job! I don't have that type of talent!

Stopping in to say hi from SITS!

Emily said...

AHHH! I LOVEEEE them! Thats awesome! I love your blog!

Emily

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

How funny, I just rescued those EXACT same urns from the side of my mom's house. And they are in the same shape too... I have not painted them yet, yours turned out great!

Jessica said...

OMG!!!! Those are awesome! I really don't understand people who throw that kinda stuff out!

Blue Castle said...

Ah! You are my kind of lady! That's awesome. My husband isn't too keen on stopping and grabbing stuff for me, so I need to start doing it myself. I always feel a little conspicuous the few times I have stopped and picked something up. :) I love your ferns!

Tara G. said...

You are so cute! I'm jealous your rockers look so clean- I'm actually dressed and ready to clean ours up today now that I have covers to keep them clean. Sometimes, I would just really like to stop moving around...then I could have live plants to kill!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Girl! Those are a great find! WooooooHooooo! Way to go!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I LOVE that!!!
We all do that in our sub too-everyone sets out stuff at the curb hoping someone will take it-plant urns, furniture, toys-I love to do that too!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

that is one fantastic FIND! those suckers are so expensive!!!

BOWquet said...

Those came out great! What a sweet hubby to go get grab those for you!

theArthurClan said...

Oh my goodness! That was the find of the century. Lucky you! :)

Joy said...

Those look great! What a sweet hubby.
I have scarfed a few things from my neighbors trash pile too. I can't believe what they throw away.
I also pick up magazines out of their recycle bins. I didn't know Food Network had a magazine until Sunday night when I picked it up from my neighbor Nancy's recycle.
I'm enjoying it.

Joy
p.s. I think you can paint anything black and it instantly looks better.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Sandy Toes...
Yet again, I wonder why you are my bestest friend???
I just don't know how you find time for the "extra" stuff???
I can barely get just the menial housework done by the time I retire to bed at night. What I'm doing wrong????
I LOVE the planters, but you already know that!!!!
Lindy

Sandy Toes said...

I don't read the Book "Twilight" ten times..hee hee!
sandy toe

Organized Chaos said...

Very jealous of your find! They look great.

Oh...and 650!!!! YIKES. Our school starts at 9:10 and 9:30. 650 means another 45 minutes of sleep!

Jo said...

They look fabulous!

Jo

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Those look great! Your remake of them makes them look just like new!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Girl, you are killing me! WHY does that never happen to me?? I just bought two urns like that at a garage sale and painted them, but now I am bummed because they weren't free from my neighbor's garbage! Way to go! :)
Carrie

hqm said...

hi! just found your blog via "just beachy"...i am always shopping on the curb as i like to call it...sound better than trash picking!
your urns are lovely!

LuLu said...

Are you serious!!!!????? Your neighborhood rocks! That is the best dumpster diving morning ever!!!!

You made them look fantastic!!
I need to come over and we can sneak out on trash day and search!!heee hee
LuLu

Carrie said...

What a great find!

Katie said...

That is a great fine, way to go... I'm so happy for you!!!

Dawn said...

fantastic! and what a nice mr. sandy toes!

Sarah said...

You go girl!!! That is fabulous!!! I love what you did with them and the ferns are perfect in them!!! Awesome!!!