Friday, February 26, 2010

Free Fridays: A Sidewalk Sleeper


For someone looking to furnish a bedroom on the cheap, these two bedframes were just leaning against a building on the Lower East Side last weekend, awaiting a new home. They appeared to be in excellent condition, and the kind person who set them out made sure to include all the needed hardware in an envelope securely taped to the beds' wooden frames.

Have you ever found something that you couldn't believe someone was giving away? Are you amazed by the objects you find that are free for the taking? If so, send me a picture and tell me your story at theelegantthrifter@gmail.com.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

8 comments:

  1. I am consistently amazed at the junk I find at the side of the road on trash day. I have found several old benches and stools that I have incorporated into my shabby chic decor and can't seem to get enough of them. In fact I found a wonderful chippy white bench yesterday while out running errands that I had to bring home with me. After a good scrubbing its now being used as seating for my kitchen table.

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  2. Oh wow! I will never forget the First time I went to New York, and they were GUTTING the Plaza Hotel on 5th. My Theater teacher had to tell me "NO" a thousand times to keep me from buying a sette, or one of the chandeliers. What was killing me is that things were selling stuff so cheap, and giving away more! Iv Always wondered what the dinning room at the Casablanca would have looked like with a Plaza chandelier!

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  3. Hi Stan!
    Yeah I think we've all done that even the big designers do it!!!!! I did a blog last year and it wasn't about free stuff but stuff I found by the side of the road... At the risk of ruining my reputation I called it "Road Kill Design"....It was 11/9 last year..Enjoying your blog. You can bet those beds aren't there now! Maryanne:)

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  4. That was thoughtful! I have seen a few less "freebies" sitting on the curb in the last couple of years...have you heard of the guy that puts his paintings out for free on the streets of Chicago and then tweets a hint of where he left them? I just read about him in the Chicago Tribune last week. He puts his contact info on the back and has procured some sales this way as well!
    :)Heidi

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  5. Nice find! When I was living in Alphabet City, I was walking home one night and saw an reproduction Eames bench. We snagged it, cleaned it up and had a great little coffee table! I miss trash day in NYC. However, up here in Northwestern Connecticut, we have great thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. It's not the same as scoring a sweet freebie though!

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  6. It always amazes me how quickly someone will pick up an old chair, desk etc. when you put in at the end of your driveway and pin a sign on it "FREE". Like magic.... watch things disappear. Of course, you have to shlepp it up the driveway (Stan something you dont have to do in NYC).

    Dianne

    Dianne

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  7. Hi Stan are you SURE these weren't waiting for the movers? :) I do love "the street find"... I have a great wrought iron table outside that I found on the street, and a copper plant stand I've made into a console, etc etc...hey I'm about to put an IKEA table out on the curb myself!

    have a great weekend!

    Kit

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