It’s bulk rubbish collection for home goods this week in my area and, although you might not think it at first, this is made of awesome because there are still quite a few of the old 50-70’s houses still with their original owners who get rid of some really classic stuff.
Of course everything needs a clean, a polish, a sand or a strip back and start again, but you can get for free and make your own what you might otherwise pay hundreds if not a thousand/s0 buying it in immaculately restored condition.
I got my parker era chair frames in the last bulk home good collection and a retro magazine rack for free, when I had been considering paying $95.00 for one and parker frames seem to go at about $60-90. Bargain!
And it turns out that one of my workmates is keen on freecycling too. She and hubby were on the look out for a couple of things and had a trailer while I love free things and retro furniture but only have a small car – a match made of awesome! So we arranged a “freecycling date” for Saturday.
After a bit of a slow start and some disappointment due to the council commencing rubbish collection phase early (say what?), Mr and Mrs Rule-Britannia (names carefully disguised so as not to reveal who they are unless you know and/or work with them) unearthed a matching pair of 50’s concrete planters (one big and one small, both guarantee to break a bone if you drop them on your foot).
Mr R-B decided the big one could be used for herbs but they didn’t want the small one. Naturally I rescued it from certain doom:
Have you seen my longer, wider, heavier brother?
We also saw a massive atomic style 50’s era planter – an upside down cone on spaceship legs, but it was megaheavy plus two of the legs were broken back to the internal support…so we left them. (I cried a little inside to do this…but I managed to walk away).
Then I found an amazing 50’s era planter in the shape of a wireframe sailing boat – sure it’s rusted almost away in some parts of the bottom, but I can either fix it up or bury it in the ground and plant a blue ground cover over the holes so it looks like the ship is sinking into the waves of blue groundcover 😀 Too cool:
I spent 6 months in a leaky boat...six months in a leaky boat...
Plus some awesome painted table legs that if I sand and paint and attach some sanded and polished jarrah boards will look awesome victorian warehouse/industrial. I already have the boards, so I may as well:
Still life with distressed table legs and distressed jarrah for tabletop
After Mr R-B talking me away from some rusted atomic table legs because I would be sanding away most of the table legs along with all the rust I intended to remove, Mrs R-B found a potential bedside table with potential and foam. Lots and lots of foam for cushions…but we hadn’t hit the motherload of freecycling, not yet.
The promised land…
After looking at stacks and stacks of meh-ish stuff we pulled over too look at what seemed to be an authentic lift-top school desk. And so it was:
Eyes to the front or you will be caned...
While I nattered about how amazing this was, Mr R-B unearthed the freecycling equivalent to the holy grail: a late 50’s /early 60s atomic style mid century couch in very good nick:
The names Couch, James Couch...but you can call me double-0 couch
The foam in the removable cushions has deteriorated but it still looks pretty darn hot:
Laaaaadies....I am waiting to be reclined on by you...
The owner of the house came out and told Mr R-B that she and her husband had about it 48 years ago as part of their honeymoon present and shipped it out from England.
It is a G Plan couch and all they have done to it is have it reupholstered.
She didn’t want to throw it out and wanted it to go to a good home, but sadly her husband had suffered a stroke and she and her sons were clearing out his shed, because he would not be coming back to the house but rather going to a nursing home.
Sadly, this beauty was one of the things to be cleared – it had been on a patio for a while (there is a small touch of light mould spots, but they are certainly cleanable).
With all the memories and meaning, she really couldn’t bear to part with it but at the same time she couldn’t keep it.
She was hoping for it to go to a good home where it would be loved…and it has. It turns out Mr and Mrs R-B didn’t want the couch (what the? but it’s !#$@#$%@#%@ awesome!) but I certainly did. So I have found a home for another four legged lovable stray.
As a segue, the school desk that caught my eye was given to her by her neighbours 40 years ago and her children did their homework on it. How cool is that?
She asked if I could send her a letter to let her know how G Plan is doing, obviously it’s unlikely she has internet or internet skillz, but once I have cleaned G Plan off and restored his cushions, I shall send Mrs G Plan a letter about his exploits – with G Plan Rated photos. On paper and all.
The stars aligned for me this weekend and the curbcycling fairy must have waved her wand over my head because weekend was a charmed freecycling weekend…on the way home from work on Friday I rescued some 50’s kitchen chairs:
At the starter gate, can you tell which runner has cheated by putting his legs over the starting line?
Admittedly I had been lavaciously eying those two off all week on my way to work…
But wait, there’s more. There were, of course, my Sunday finds, but I think I will leave them for another post… 😉
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