Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thunderstorm and found goodies

We are having a whopper thunderstorm with heavy downpour. I'm thankful for the rain, but could do without the thunder and lightening. :-) I mowed, trimmed stuff along the driveway, and used the electric hedge clipper on the front hedgerow, this morning. Just have a little clean up to do along the driveway as I was too dang pooped to do anymore, so that can get done tomorrow morning.

We're still not sure what's going on with the leak. The meter is hardly moving today, so who knows. DH did not go under the house, he's waiting to see, and will read the meter daily instead of weekly to keep on top of the water usage.

He went out on an errand this morning, and when he got home, he stopped by the kitchen porch, opened the hatchback of my little old Mazda wagon and started unloading boxes that said, crafts, linens. I thought oh my gosh, and just kept laughing as he pulled the boxes out. Today was trash day and if he hadn't stopped for these the goodies would have ended up out in the landfill. What a waste.

I started sorting after I took a picture of the boxes, and the one box with the red basket on the top, was 'mostly' junk, from a kids room, BUT, we did get a VTECH phone with charger and it works, and we found a sterling silver pin, with what looks like Marcasite stones surrounding a nice piece of mother of pearl. Also, we found a 14k gold ring with maybe two tiny diamonds and a cultured pearl. It's been many years since we've found any gold and silver while curbside shopping. So, it just goes to show, you never know what you might find.

I laid out all the craft items on the floor. Look at that pink little case filled with embroidery threads. :-) Then there is a clear compartmentalized case that had 4 kinds of beads in it, some quilting material, a few Christmas bells, and three other gold colored ornies,
lace trims, a gromlet sort of tool, a little Continental sewing machine with a foot pedal, it works, tissue paper, a new photo album, maybe I'll start putting pictures of my beaded pieces in it. We also got some other odds and ends, but the picture below shows the main bulk.

I sorted the threads and put them in zip-lock bags,
with the date and saying we found them.

Below are the lace trims. Now I need to figure out how to use them.

Here is that bead box, the 4 compartments at the top have the beads that came in it, the rest of the beads are mine I just got the other day with my gift card. I needed somewhere to put them, and now I have it.


Thanks are justly due for boons unbought.


* boon - noun - something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit. *

Hope you all have a great week. Maybe you'll come across something interesting looking on the curb. Don't be ashamed to stop and grab it. It gets easier with time to not be embarrassed, and you really don't know what hidden treasures might await you.

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Becky said...


Sandy said...

We love shopping by the
curb! Last week I found a
perfectly beautiful large
rocker. My husband is in
the process of stripping
and will give it a paint
job as the wood was worn.
I'd say you have a lot to
be thankful for here! I
love the mother of pearl
and marcasite pin especially.
Tickled pink for you!

Antique ART Garden said...

I have found so much on the side of the road, but no jewelry, so cool. Awesome fun finds.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wow! You hit a jackpot. I can't believe someone just tossed all of that and obviously didn't look through it so they missed the rings. Lucky you for now having the items but certainly they could have taken them to a thrift store to benefit someone. We have four non profit places in town where we donate all sorts of items we don't need any longer.

Morning's Minion said...

I can understand the need to unload a stash of items that aren't going to be used--we made several trips to the local "Neat Repeats" while we were packing for our recent move.
I also took fabric scraps and such to the quilt shop where I worked as we have ladies in the quilt group who love the challenge of creating from "found" bits and pieces.
There's not much excuse for throwing away good stuff.

Nina Suria said...

wow unearth treasure, love the lace, love the rings, love everythings

have a wonderful day dear

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Your husband is either a very nice guy, or you have him well trained. My Larry would not dream of picking something up from a curb, even though we sometimes put things on the curb with a "free" sign on them. They almost always get taken, too.

Tell him that was a great haul!