Friday, May 8, 2009

Roadside Finds #1



I haven’t a shred of evidence, and am only relying on recent year recollection of cool, hazy days – but I have a feeling in my bones, that it is soon to be peak season for Roadside Finds.

Every single Myrtleandeunice loves hard rubbish collection. And even when it isn’t the official council-scheduled pick-up of furniture, toys, kitchenware, yada yada, we all have our eyes eternally peeled for that wonderful Aussie (or just Melbourne?) tradition, of displaying ‘trash’ on our nature strip* to become someone else’s FREE ‘treasure’. Course, things can get a little out of control and look all war zoney on occasion, such as every single time we have an overseas visitor come to stay.

We have been known to do entire family day trips – with snacks packed – scouring the streets of neighbouring suburbs with our ‘long eyes on’ (kidlet speak for supersight; like spotting herds of elephants in Africa, while playing in sandpit in the bottom right bit of mainland Australia). On a recent journey home after school pick-up, I admit there was a screeching halt for those fab cannisters above. I haven’t taken a direct route home since.

This divine cake tin now contains beads and bits and was part of last year’s harvest:



And this, a complete with bow, but entirely stringless violin and case, was a Mr Myrtleandeunice ‘eureka!’ moment. I confess a lack of conviction when he suggested it’s potential for high (not necessarily musical) art. Am determined to remain entirely openminded-ish.





As I fully intend to bloggingly exploit any Roadside Finds, (and does anyone else have any lovely or interesting found treasure gold?), stay tuned for episode #2. Hopefully after a highly successful weekend a’hunting...

* ‘nature strip’ is the weirdy word we Aussies use for that bit of grass between the footpath/pavement and the road. Go figure.

17 comments:

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Oh! I HEART hard rubbish scrounging :-) Sharon and I recently went on a huge binge, and cleaned lots of things up and sold them on ebay! *giggle* So much fun!!

I love that violin... I can see why it was a eureka moment!!

Vireya said...

I went hard-rubbishing last weekend, particularly looking for gardening supplies. My haul included 4 hanging baskets (including one liner still in its shop wrapping), several terracotta pots, a concrete planter (needed a wheel-barrow to get that one home) and a fantastic potting bench (original owner probably thought it was a baby change table, but it is just the right height for working on).

This weekend it is the turn of the streets in the opposite direction.

floortje said...

wow unbelievable...wish we had something like this in Holland...Australia is still on our wishing list to visit...but this makes it even more attractive...smile

Cass said...

Fantastic finds. I love hard rubbish time but I never seem to find anything fantastic.

Smitonius said...

oooo, I am envious of you now! In the UK this sort of thing doesn't happen too often, though we do have amazing charity shops...

Nice jars!

Jo James said...

Great finds!
Junking is one of the only things I miss about living in a more urban environment. Out here in the sticks there isn't much worth keeping and eye out for, except of course the scenery.

Angus in Northcote said...

http://tr.im/kRVc

The Band Who Knew Too Much share your love of things kerbside.

Our best gets: the faux Danish couch in the front room (pulled apart, re-sanded, re-lacquered and re-upholstered) and the $250 German baby seat for the bike.

Anonymous said...

You may be seeing me in your rear vision mirror after school if you can show me where to collect funky cannisters like that - GRIN!

ME

CurlyPops said...

You have to check out what I found in the hard rubbish in March:
http://curlypops.blogspot.com/2009/03/eye-spy-discovery.html

Tania said...

OHMYGOODNESS. You seriously do need to find out what Curly Pops (the comment above) has found! I'm not sure it gets any better than that...

ingrid said...

Another hard rubbish lover here. I count down on the calender when my local collection is coming up and I even check the weather reports to try and plan my scrounging before any rain hits and ruins the goodies.
Your finds are just lovely, especially that tin.

craftschmaft.com said...

What fantastic finds - that tin is sensational!!

Kirsty said...

Oh my gosh...you found those cannisters on the side of the road...amazing. They are STUNNING!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Brilliant finds! I love the tin. Around our way, people mainly dispose of green waste.

katiecrackernuts said...

I came by you from Nannette, over at Rummage. This was my most recent "roadside" find: http://katiecrackernuts.blogspot.com/2009/04/trift-delivered.html

thea said...

Ooooooh! Loving EVERYTHING you got and feeling somewhat jealous of the adventure!
I think you have inspired me to go for a little hunt too!!

thea.
xx

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.girl ferment. said...

fab finds
love the script on the cannisters