February blues


It seems like we’re at that point in the winter where people are quite content to hibernate until it’s over. There’s not too much being thrown out and I haven’t gone out to look quite as much partly as a result (and partly because I feel like hibernating a bit myself).

I did make it out briefly on Tuesday. I came across this lamp sitting next to a couple of bags on the curb.


At first I thought it was vintage, but I think that it’s just designed to look that way. Regardless, it’s a pretty nice lamp. It does have a couple of flaws, however. One is that the cord has been cut off. The other is that it reeks of cigarette smoke.

I know how to fix the cord issue, but I’d appreciate any suggestions as to how to get rid of the cigarette smell! I looked it up online but came out more confused than anything.


This was a little further up the street. It was in the same place where I found the stuff for my “Marketing waste” post that was Freshly Pressed. In all those boxes were old files from a marketing firm (which definitely could have been recycled).


One box was full of old magazines. Most of the ones I saw were about art and design.


Some old audio thing. I thought about taking it back and putting it on CL for parts, but it looks sort of stripped as is. I also just wasn’t feeling motivated enough to bother.

garbage tea pot

I actually found this nice little teapot with the juicer and drink mixes last Thursday but I forgot to post it. I think it’s worth adding though. It was pretty clean when I found it so getting it ready for use wasn’t a challenge. It has a built in removable tea leaf which is quite handy, especially since I drink mostly loose tea. I also like that it’s a nice size for one person – my other teapot is much bigger and better suited for social occasions. In short I’m pretty glad I found it!

I hope to have some more to show you soon!

8 thoughts on “February blues”

  1. You could try wiping down every few days with a scented baby wipe? Other things I have tried in the past are wiping over with a cloth with a bit of fabric conditioner on it and putting the item into a scented bin liner and changing it every couple of days (this worked well on an old camera I had bought! Good luck!

  2. I suggest vinegar as well. I use it to clean absolutely everything. Funny how you say that no one is throwing anything out these days. My husband went on the runs in one day last weekend and came home from the first with a metal plant stand. On the second he was a chaise lounge that we went back and picked up with the truck. On his last run he came back with a full length mirror. The best part is that he had never taken anything out of the trash before he met me. I converted him!

  3. Hey, just stopping by to say awesome blog! You should also get a tumblr or twitter or something! I don’t really subscribe to things via e-mail so it would be awesome to find you on other social networks!

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by. I do have a twitter (@garbagefinds), but I’m not as active as I should be. I’ve been meaning to get on that. Regardless, you’ll find all my posts there!

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