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  1. Alex
    November 21, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    See now we can’t be friends. Because this week on my Instagram I vented about my lack of a real sled for home decor on our front porch and found an imitation one at the store that is NOTHING as awesome as this. I am totally jealous. No really.

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  2. Toni
    November 21, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    I enjoyed this post a lot….the same question I ask myself each year and swear I’m going to simplify….until I start unwrapping my Christmas things and it’s like visiting old friends and you would never throw away an old friend, right? Which led me to read your post about Christmas….and I have to say…..I LOVED the disco balls…..they are fabulous!!! I would so do this…..instead I have about 200 crystal chandelier drops on my tree and I just love anything sparkly and shiny….. so I can’t wait to see your Christmas decorating! I know it will be so fun! AND the sled is a killer find! I bought a white rabbit muff on Ebay last year that I plan to use with my white ice skates somehow this Christmas. When my husband saw it he said “uh why?”……as if people like you and I need a reason!
    I so enjoy your posts!

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    • tammigirl
      November 21, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

      I have chandelier drops on the return air vent in the guest room. Hey – they were magnetic. Wherever they will stick is fair game!

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  3. Toni
    November 21, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I learned from my mother to never hesitate to claim what others deem as trash…..thus I have a punch bowl left in an abandoned barn (the cows were having a party?) and a wicker chair rescued from the local dump that I have had in my home for almost 30 years!

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  4. Sue
    November 21, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Yes, I showed husband how I get lots and lots of hits off last year’s Christmas post, and this proves that we need a new tree so I can do a Christmas tree post. Blog stat manipulation for new tree worked…off we went to look for new tree..feel free to use this excuse to buy new Xmas things.

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  5. Tyler J. Yoder
    November 21, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    Those are fantastic finds! I have been known to host dance parties in dumpsters, actually. Well, they start as a salvage operation, and then turn into dance parties because there is something about standing in a dumpster with four friends looking for an oriental rug that you saw someone put in it that is inherently ridiculous.

    Actually, though, I am simultaneously thrilled and terrified of the pound of glitter made from glass. What are your plans for it? It sounds vaguely dangerous – as if it would slice up your lungs if you inadvertently inhaled some, which, being glitter, is a distinct possibility. I am excited to see your holiday decor, ma’am.

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  6. Debbie
    November 21, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    Somehow the vision of you garbage picking cracked me up!!! What awesome finds though! I have open shelving in my kitchen and actually transfer a lot of dry goods to mason jars. Everything looks so gourmet in glass jars!! I can’t wait to see pictures of your house for Christmas…

    I bet I spend more time on Pinterest than you!!! I’m just sayin’

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  7. Anne
    November 21, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    Do you know that I adore you? I am just so happy that someone else is not above taking other people’s trash! Because some of my very best Treasures were found on trash night. In fact there is a solid brass chandelier awaiting Pinspiration, sitting in my side porch entry….because if I put it in the garage or basement, I will forget it!

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  8. Jul From Philly
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    I’m a great trash picker. The first week in June is big trash week in Narberth and it’s a trash pickers paradise. I’ve gotten a chandelier, floor lamps, a bar stool and a cool wooden bureau. So much fun!

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  9. Leona
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I am totally jealous and in love with your baby sled! In California we have to put all of our trash in giant bins with lids. No one leaves anything on the curb for me to find and rescue. Sob……

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  10. Krista
    November 22, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    Man, you have way better trash then we get in WA. I can’t believe the sled…what a score!! If you need to hide your treasures so you don’t get in trouble, ship them here! I promise to keep them safe for you 🙂

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  11. Shelley
    November 22, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I love trash night too! What I find ironic is that I used to totally embarrass my teenagers by doing this…and I found some pretty cool things. Fast forward a few years to my daughter embracing the life of being a poor student….and now she is picking up trash too!

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  12. Jean Allred
    November 22, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Just have to jot a quickie…finding you on line has been a treasure for me. I laugh more than out loud at your witty comments and can picture you rummaging through the trash by the roadside. Love what you found and am chuckling already at what your husband’s comment will be when he returns.

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  13. Diana C.
    November 22, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Glitter (aka: Sparkle) is the staple of every princesses’ existence. If we love it, especially at Christmas, we glitter it. If my husband would stand still long enough… Yup!… I’d glitter him up too. Trash to treasure. I do pretty well finding most of my treasures at yard sales, but I bow to your skills going curbside… but then, I don’t have a garage. Next house will have a garage, and then my skills will increase. Until then, pass the glitter!

    Btw… Those SEALs are on stand-by in case you run up on any ax murderers.

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  14. northstory notes - Nov 22, 2013 : northstory
    November 22, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    […] can’t I ever find things like this on trash […]

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  15. Deb
    November 22, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I’m just a “little” bit safer than you when my husband is out of town. The murderers outside our house have knives instead of axes. A little bit smaller blade. My husband is out of town right now, and I’m pretty sure they’re out there. Afraid to look though because what if I really do see a blade shining in the house lights out there?! It’s better to never look.

    LOVE the idea of an entire sleigh on the dining table! I need to do that, but need a bigger dining table now! You are a really good influence.

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  16. Just Me
    November 22, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that many VEB fans and commenters are very witty and clever also? Me, I just enjoy all of them. Maybe it’s a case of birds of a feather flocking together? I’m very suspicious of anyone who doesn’t find VEB the cleverest, wittiest writer. Something missing. It’s like people who never really “got” Seinfeld. Not sure we can be friends. Actually, I don’t know that I have friends who don’t love VEB. Surely not.

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  17. Kay
    November 23, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    Hey, I love German glass glitter, but i case you didn’t know, it tarnishes if you don’t seal it with a solvent-based sealer. I use Deft gloss in a spray can. Of course you can let it tarnish, some of my silver has tarnished to a soft gold, but a friend put away a Christmas ornament that had German glass glitter and the next year when she took it out it was nearly black. Just sayin’

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  18. Ayan
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    My sister-in-law found a Flexible Flyer sled, or possibly a vintage wooden child’s wagon of a different brand, at a local garage sale for $10. That sucker turned out to be worth an easy $800; the antiques dealer she took it to tried to buy it out of her hands. She uses it as a giant holder for her million point five decorating magazines. (I can’t say anything about that because she gives me her castoff magazines, which is great because I’m too broke, er, cheap to spend money on such things.)

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  19. Veganopoulous
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    We have annual collections where I live (called ‘hard waste collection’, ha ha!) where people throw their stuff on the lawn. Technically you’re not allowed to take stuff but that doesn’t stop the procession of vans and cars with trailers driving around. Anyway, my brother in law and I share this fondness for going through other people’s crap, except we call it trinketeering. He’s REALLY good at it. We found some old iron gates that he and my sister put in their garden to be used as a trellis. And he’s found awesome furniture, I can’t believe people throw stuff like this away (forgive the blog link!) http://veganopoulous.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/a-few-days-in-apollo-bay/

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  20. Kristin
    March 18, 2015 @ 11:24 am

    That baby sled is an incredible find. And the stamp on it? Color me envious. My husband would DIE over that…and guess what? He’s worse about hoarding awesome stuff we must have than I am. I use “hoarder” the way you mean “hoarding,” not the way that ends you on TV in an hour-long reality show that people watch so they can judge you and feel better about themselves.

    Where was I? Ohhh..the sled. Awesome. But, in another odd, “this woman and I must be soul mates” coincidence, I too have so many Christmas decorations that we could fill a shed (not a small one) with them. And only them. Not sure why, though, because we only decorate two rooms.

    Alas…it’s almost Don Draper time (April 5 is coming too soon!). I need to get back to my marathon so I feel totally prepared for the final episodes. That makes me sad. 🙁

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