Trashcan and Curbside Finds

Trashcan and Curbside Finds

Gregory Han
Sep 24, 2007

Though the poster was designed in jest, we're not one to snub dumpster diving for the fact that we've found some amazing things that were tossed into the trash.

Believe it or not, we've found an original Knoll Bertoia wire chair, complete with gray seat cover, sitting ontop of a large container trash heap (while living in design-centric San Francisco of all places!). We've also salvaged a mod globe lamp and a late 50's stereo cabinet in the trash or curbside, not to mention the countless other trash finds we've had to pass up because of storage space and decor compatibility issues. Anyone else have some notable trashcan finds that found a dear place in your home?

Early spring seems to be the best time for curbside finds, as folks like to thin out their possessions after a winter of holiday gift receiving and going through the motions of spring cleaning. Another good time to make a swoop in for some freebies is after a yard or garage sale; people tend to just chuck out what they can't sell, especially if they're planning to move away afterward. Sometimes people are just happy to get rid of things, so it never hurts to ask, so you can beat out fellow vultures. And the best bit of advice if you're serious about finding thrown out treasures in your neighborhood: take early morning walks.

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