The Craft Patch: Dumpster "Skimming"

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dumpster "Skimming"

I may or may not be guilty of dumpster "skimming." I would never actually dive into a garbage can. But if something wonderful happens to be sitting on top, I might just bring it home with me.

I was walking my daughter home from school the other day and saw some sort of metal scroll object next to a garbage can on the curb. We happened to be walking home with a friend, so I took mental note to come back later. I guess I have too much pride to pick through garbage with someone watching (but I'll blog about it for all of the web to read...hmmm).

So later that day, I went back to said garbage can only to be foiled. The neighbors were sitting out on their front porch. Too embarrassed, I trudged back home empty handed.

I tried one more time just as the sun was setting that night. With twilight on my side, I casually walked past the garbage can, saw that the metal scrolls were really the legs to a darling little fold up table, grabbed that sweet thang without a second thought, and hauled it home, much to the chagrin of my poor husband. 

But seriously, who throws away something this cute:

I love it! Such an awesome dumpster skim! I've thought about taking the table top off and making it into a magnet board. I've thought about painting the whole thing a funky color. But for now, I'm kind of loving it just the way it is. And I'm patting myself on the back for saving such a lovely little table from the town dump.


  1. It's so cute as is but a different color in the future would give it a nice twist. Maybe black for the stand and pop of color for the tray?

  2. Senorita Andaluciana,

    Good idea! In a few years when I'm ready for a change, I will remember your suggestion!

  3. Wow, that's really cute! Such a good find. I'd totally paint it a fun color and leave it as a table. :-)

  4. That is gorgeous! I do like the little legs too, very cute.
    I love picking up quirky stuff from our local council clean ups... Though my husband now forbids it because we would bring home too much! :)

  5. One of the best finds EVER! LOVE this!

  6. Hi! Just found your 12 Days of Christmas story and candy idea on Pinterest. Was unable to access all of the stories. Can I please get you to send me the pdf file of the stories? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. Kathie,

    I would love to send the stories to you, but I need your email address.

  8. you got yourself a true treasure--I was glad for you that it was still there for your taking when you went back!! KUDOS


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