Friday, June 12, 2009

Hooked on Swap Shop Finds....


You probably know by now that we're pretty thrifty here at our house. Recycle and re-use is what it's all about. Always on the look out for bargains and things that we can use. And the two most popular spots for us, is the Salvation Army and the local Swap Shop.

The Swap Shop is located at our town dump. Our town doesn't have the usual trash pick-up. Your not allowed to leave your trash out next to the road, like in other towns. You either pay to be a member of the town dump or pay and have someone come to your house, go into your garage, or the back of your house and get your trash to take to the town dump. The yearly cost of the dump membership is $175. Which means you can go 5 days a week, Tues. thur Sat. There is recycling for paper....glass...metal...appliances ....clothing....and even compost. But the best part are the finds in the Swap Shop!

Once you find your first treasure, you are hooked. We just can't drive to the dump with out stopping. We have found many a thing at the SS. Just to name a few----dressers, rollerblades, skis, ice skates, musical equipment, golf clubs, bikes and more bikes. These stain glass windows were found by my husband as they were just taking them out of their truck to put in the SS. They had just come out of a church that was being renovated.

They are very unusual stained glass and stained stenciling mixed art. They measured 28 x 56, a pretty good size. He had brought home 6 of these wonders, but what would we do with all of these. We decided they would go right to Craigslist of course!! We thought they would make good art work as a light box, perhaps on the wall behind a couch....We had many offers, and one man went through the history of them. Late 1890's, and he explained how they were made.

We ended up saving one, and the other 5 went to a couple in a loft in Boston. They had plans of making a room divider and hanging these down some how, with back light. This wasn't are only sale we have recycled from the SS. There was a time last fall when we turned around items onto Craigslist almost everyday. In fact today, my husband sold a set of drum symbol stands tonight on Craigslist, that he found on Tuesday. I guess you can say "I'm Hooked on the Swap Shop!"



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9 Others Say::

Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment said...

It's amazing what you can find, and with some imagination and creativity, give it a new lease of life.

I think the stain-glass windows are amazing. Clever idea of putting them on craigslist.

Have a great weekend! :-)

Terry said...

Thanks for saving these. How many have been lost?

Best Life said...

I have never heard of this. Very cool! Lisa~

Suzy said...

Terry---We got everyone they had, I think. Aren't they amazing

Susan @ Your home, only better. said...

Those are beautiful! So many clever uses - would make a great headboard too.

Mrs. Petrie said...

The stain glass is amazing! I can't believe a church would get rid of a treasure like that and not at least offer it to its members.
Stop by my blog, I'm having a giveaway. :)

Songbirdtiff said...

Wow, those are beautiful!

amariaf2000 said...

Oh my goodness - that is awesome! My brother and I would go to the dump with my dad when we were little. He'd look for furniture to refinish. I wish we had a place like this around us somewhere!!
~angela @ peonypatch

ps - that stained glass is amazing!

Daly Essentials said...

ohh great finds!! the stained glass is gorgeous!!