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  1. maggie b
    November 21, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I envy you the mason jars. I would can with them. Just clean them well and run them through the dishwasher. Glass doesn’t absorb chemicals.

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  2. The Domestic Goddess
    November 21, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Christmas crap is fun! And so is trash picking! I’m a master at it, scored all kinds of outdoor toys for my guys when they were wee. It was fun. There’s a town near me that does a twice yearly large pickup trash collection and everyone calls it “Christmas in Collingdale” because there is SO MUCH STUFF. Like, awesome stuff. Including Christmas stuff. It’s awesome.

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    • Janice S.
      November 21, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      An entire town committed to trash picking? I love it!

      The best I have is the weekend between July and August when all our college students have to move out of their apartments. Mom bought that great arm chair – we don’t need it anymore. That end table? It’s just in the way.
      There’s always some beautiful stuff at the curb.

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  3. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Totally awesome finds!!!!! I am sure that Paul will forgive you; after all he was the one that taught you to trash pick! I just pulled five outdoor lanterns and two posts with hooks on which to hang them this morning. Yay for trash day!

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  4. Kathy in Kansas
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I adore the baby sled and Ican’t wait to see what you’ve done with it. I’m sure it will be spectacular!

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  5. Nancy
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    I so look forward to your posts. They are hilarious!

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  6. Bottlewasher
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    I love you. Today you speak Asheville (Asheville being Curbside Trash Heaven of the World). This makes Asheville love you. It does.

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  7. Garden, Home and Party
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    My grandmother lived in Connecticut for a time, when I went to visit her from California, I found a full sized, vintage wooden sled. I lugged that thing home on the plane, begging the stewardess to store it where they used to be willing to hang your coat (centuries ago). She did and I used it for Christmas decorations for about 1 year! The child size is so much better. Way to go, Paul will be so proud.
    xo,
    Karen

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  8. Sandi
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Ah, mason jars can be all kinds of fun! I am not crafty AT ALL but I can see fun uses in my imagination already. Maybe I’ll have a heroine make them. :) Because, of course, fictional characters can do it all.

    I am sure Paul will be pleased with your Stuff Placement. :)

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  9. Jeri
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Love the sled on the table! But if I put a sled on mine I’d have to find somewhere else to put the folded, clean clothes. (Cooking is a strong suit of mine. Housecleaning, not so much.) Love your blog!!!!

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    • tracey
      November 21, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      this made me laugh out loud and scare my dog.

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  10. RamonaQ
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Oooooooh – that sled……………. ooooooooooooooooooh……….

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  11. Jennifer
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    You’ve stirred me into action! Time to get out and thrift! I love your posts. That lovely sleigh is a real treasure.

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  12. Whimzy Thyme
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Wow – what an awesome find! I wish my neighbors had good trash :))

    And you can’t beat the price — FREE – Yeepie.

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  13. Just Me
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    My first Christmas gift…..a good laugh. I needed that so much. I am in the process of trying to stow all my good stuff after a move. Slow going. People tell me I need to get rid of it all. Imagine that! They don’t know good stuff. I will let go of a few items though. So I can my “Paul” happy. That will also free up some
    time to enjoy your collections…..vicariously.

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  14. Jean
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Your blog makes me chuckle; thank you! I don’t know where you all live, but here in Fayetteville, NC all we have in the trash is trash :( And I’m a “junking” expert from living in Germany a couple of times. Missing the good stuff!

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  15. Traci
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    My Christmas spirit has been coming in and out like a weak radio signal. Thanks for the inspiration. I love the Thanksgiving placesetting idea, great find!

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  16. Karen
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Please, please tell us what you are doing with the glitter. I want to order it before it’s sold out, which it will be soon since you mentioned it. Please? I’ll love you forever if you tell me 😉

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      What am I doing with the glitter? Please. The question is – what am I NOT doing with the glitter?

      Even the cat should be worried.

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      • Karen
        November 21, 2013 @ 9:36 am

        Ok, I get it! You are a kick! Can’t wait to see the results! And I love the placemats and canning jars. Great idea. Yes, Pinterest can suck your life away in increments of hours/days and make you feel like either you are the most UNcreative person in the world or give you feelings of grandeur that you can DO ALL of this( which when you don’t do all of it, you feel like a failure), darn it! But it’s so fun!

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      • Anne
        November 21, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

        I love how your cat is a family member, my 2 are wonderful! Don’t you think you should have another cat though? Because I just KNOW you have strong potential to be a cat collector. And they would be gorgeous with glitter. Percy’s favorite thing is “helping” me make jewelry. The shinier the better!

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  17. Carole @ Rustic Artistry
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Thanks for cracking me up this morning. So refreshing to see a holiday tablescape consisting of a giant sled.

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  18. Jennifer
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I hope you are keeping the bankers chair that is in the picture with the pots. I love it!

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  19. Amy
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Thanks for the laugh! I’m glad to see that you survived all of the axe murderers. Can’t wait to see what you do with the disco balls, glitter and garland!

    ~Amy
    http://www.lifeonhillst.com

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  20. Nancy Carr
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    You are so much fun. The sled is a great find and should be worth quite a lot when you get tired of it. Not sure I like it on the table though. I donated my Christmas decorations (or most of them) last summer since I was hoping to be moved by this time. Still here and just listed my house. My dogs won’t mind not having a tree, etc. and I will just put Christmas scarves on them.
    You could be a blogger who decides not to decorate and start a movement. Blessings

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  21. Sandi
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    I wish I could go trash hunting!! You scored some amazing stuff!!! Love your posts~

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  22. Patricia
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Not only is your house classier than mine (blog requirement) but so is your garbage! The only surprises you find around here is cat poop and old kitty litter. Even a pound of glitter can’t save that. Although I did find a perfectly good medicine cabinet that just needed sanding and painting to be adequate (it was never going to be fabulous as it was made of MDF). After hauling it 600 miles home, I decided I really didn’t like it very much and neither did any of my family or anyone else I offered it too so I took it to the Goodwill so I can make room for much more FABULOUS trash that may come my way … but if I hadn’t hauled it home, it would have haunted me.

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  23. Laurie
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Well, I’m kind of impressed. I’m afraid I won’t have the energy or even desire to do anything and then everyone will know I’m a disappointment when it comes to home glamour.

    You know, the mirror balls and glitter can be totally rationalized as dual purpose decorations. Both Christmas AND New Years.

    That’s called foresight and planning!

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  24. Maria
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    The sled!! OMG it is great!! Save the handles and wheels you never know when YOU might need it!! Trash to treasure is great. I remember the first time I asked my friend to STOP! STOP! There is a chair I want it I NEED IT! He wouldn’t stop. So I yelled JUST PUT ME OUT and come around the block I’ll be down there (I pointed to the next block) when you come back!! Don’t you know that they WANT you to take that stuff????? IT’S FREE!!!! I did my best snake oil salesman on him. It worked. He was converted to my way of thinking. Now he tells ME to stop!

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  25. carlos
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I enjoyed everytime i receive one of your latest post! I love your writing style, so clever and funny!

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  26. Elaine
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    You’re funny as hell. And I love you for it! Right now I’m looking at 2 small chairs that I got from the trash across the street from my Mom’s house a year ago. I had them recovered and visitors ooh and ahh over them now. So pick away and continue to share all your fabulousness!

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  27. Chardawneh
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Some super finds! I was intrigued by “ONE POUND of German glass glitter”, I clicked on the link which lead me to the following:

    California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
    WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    Sorry to be a negative Nancy, but wanted you and others to know.

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  28. Sue K
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Why did I not realize you are on Pinterest, the great black hole of time wasting? I’ve been down more rabbit holes on Pinterest the anywhere else, and now I have you to follow! The sled is an amazing find. Quite a value! Love canning jars – we moved recently, and I divested myself of all my clear jars, but still have a lovely collection of blue. But I digress – the real reason I’m posting a comment?? One POUND of German glass glitter? That is an indescribable, whole LOT of glitter. I’m so happy with my little pots of the stuff, I cannot imagine a whole pound! Waiting with baited breath.

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  29. Catherine
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Excellent trash pickings! Love it! LOVE the sled! I, too, am always looking…you just never know what you may find! Firewood, pots, culled garden lovelies! I made an entire bed of peonies, daylilies and hostas from some kind soul’s leavings on the curb! Have some great chairs, too. Amazing what a good scrub, some paint and a little fun fabric can do!

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  30. Patience
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    I’m not sure what glass glitter is, but if it is made by Germans, it must be fantastic. And vintage mason jars? What a lucky find. I would totally can in those. I bet the cyanide can be eliminated with a good scrubbing. (I would buy new lids, though.)

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  31. Jen
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Did you really buy eight jars of glitter from amazon? Has no one introduced ypu to the glory that is saveoncrafts??????

    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/germanglitter1.html

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      it will not surprise you that I am PARTICULAR about my glitter… And save on crafts only carries the fine grit. I like the medium.

      I ordered the small jar last year, this year I ordered on eBay… But it has not come yet, so I cannot endorse it.

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      • Jen
        November 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

        I love that you even know there are different grits

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  32. Cyndia
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    What fantastic finds! I love a good trash pick! I’m reupholstering a sweet 60s French style chair that I found in my neighbors trash. It was in ghastly shape but now looks fabulous.

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  33. Ginny
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    That sled is ab-fab! Free? Be still my heart. And German glass glitter? YES! Everything should shine. SPARKLE IS MY FAVORITE COLOR! (I live in E. TX. where big and sparkly is required for resident membership) Thanks for making me laugh today. Also, I had a wonderful collection of old mason jars that I used at one time to make “Fire and Ice Pickles” to give to neighbors instead of cookies. Amazingly simple recipe, no cooking and people still beg me to make them for them during the holidays. There is one secret ingredient. I finally just started giving the recipe out. It is so simple. Let me know if you would like the recipe. Happy Holidays!

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    • Sarah
      November 21, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      Yes, I would love ant secret recipe, good for gift giving! Sara

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    • Just Me
      November 21, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

      Well, of course I want the recipe! You brought it up, tantalized us with the mere mention.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

      People are demanding the recipe.

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      • Ginny
        November 23, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

        Glad to share the Fire and Ice Pickle Recipe! (Originally from Southern Living Magazine several years ago.)
        2 (32 oz) jars medium size whole dill pickles, drained
        4 cups sugar
        2 Tablespoons Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce (this is the secret, Tabasco DOES NOT taste the same)
        1/2-3/4 teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper
        3 whole cloves garlic, peeled

        Cut pickles into 1/4 inch slices. Combine pickles, sugar, hot sauce and red pepper in large bowl, stir well. Cover and let stand at least 2 (or up to 24 hours in refrigerator) stirring occasionally. Spoon mixture into sterilized jars with 1 clove garlic per jar. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 month. (Or you can hot water can)
        Makes 3 pints or 6 half pints.
        (Be forewarned. Go ahead and give the recipe or people will be at your door demanding you make them more.)
        Hope you enjoy them!

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  34. Fiona
    November 21, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I swear, you are channeling my thoughts. You rock, and I LOVE your posts. Thanks!

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  35. Pattie C
    November 21, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Clearly you have a better class of trash in your neighborhood than I do. The jars are a sweet find, and the sled, shut up.

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  36. kerri
    November 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Well, IF an ax murderer shows up, shove him in the bankers chair, tie him up with that 200 feet of garland, and sprinkle him with glitter. I know you could do it!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      I pretty much fell off my chair laughing. I can even guarantee you that my mother will CALL me to tell me how funny this was.

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  37. Danielle @Storypiece
    November 21, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    That sled is stunning! I’m surprised that no one tried to sell it on Craig’s List, but then I remember that would be just like us to donate or trash something like this. So glad it has found new life in your holiday decor. It looks amazing!

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  38. Sarah
    November 21, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    I am overwhelmed, THE MASON JARS and the SLED, also, everyone can always use a cooler.
    Also, awesome chair!
    First, I know exactly what I would do with The Mason Jars —let them sit until I was inspired, that could be a month or ten years. However, and having grown up with a Mother who would leap out of the car on a moments notice to cut flowers growing by the side of the road, I do keep clippers in my car and the 16 ounce mason jar fits perfectly into one of the cup holders in my car and is perfect for a vase! The flowers never seem to make into the house and I can travel in style, with a mason jar filled with blossems as they did back in the old days. Great as well for when people get into the car and say… “Huh, never thought of having a mason jar of flowers in my car,…..how festive?” And I say “Yes, Quite!”

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  39. tammigirl
    November 21, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    I wondered why Save-On Crafts was out of German Glass Glitter. Now I understand.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

      I already said this above, but it bears repeating to you, my fellow glitter troll. Save on crafts only carries the fine grit. I like the medium.

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  40. Diane Prokop
    November 21, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    What idiot would put that sled in the trash?? It’s so darn sweet – I love it!

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    • tammigirl
      November 21, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

      I know! Hours later I’m trying to curse whatever idjit put that thing in the trash.

      I’m comforting myself with the explanation that VEB must have lied about it and requisitioned it from the porch of a little old lady.

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      • Lori
        November 22, 2013 @ 9:58 am

        Because stealing it from old ladies is much better than imagining some idiot throwing it away!! We have “Big Trash Day” here in Oklahoma City once a month…mine is the first Monday of the month. I have even taught my kids (from an early age, mind you) the value of curbside shopping. I am on the lookout for a discarded bottle tree frame.

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