I took a walk on Friday and found this pile of stuff in an alley. I think it had been there a while. There were lots of old records but they were all frozen together – unless they were put outside when wet they must have been sitting there since the last thaw.

The garbage truck doesn’t come down this alley, so unless someone brought it to the curb it’s probably still sitting there.

I found a few things of interest:

paul rose art

This piece of art (titled “Riyadh” and coated in a small amount of snow) is by someone named Paul Rose. I liked it and stashed it along a fence a bit further in the alley to make sure it didn’t go to waste. I may go back and see if it’s still around!

I also like the old door in behind.


The tag on the back of the art. Translation: the artist wants the power to put this piece on display in the future.

candle holder elephant

A wire candle holder featuring an elephant and two bells. Pretty cute right? I enjoyed the sound of the bells dinging for the rest of my walk.

ship's wheel

A ship’s wheel. It’s missing a spoke but it still looks cool as a decoration. It looks fairly old.


Finally, some old electronic stuff. I don’t know specifically what these would do. Let me know if you do! I figure that even if they’re not practically useful they could still be good for an art project.

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!