Monday, March 17, 2008

Call it recycling

Few people know how frugal I really am at heart. I just love a bargain, but I go crazy for things that are free. I will purposely go out to garage sales late in the day because by that time they are giving things away. I have a talent for looking for great finds that other people have put out on the curb. I have refinished chairs, tables, garden furniture, you name it. I have even been know to jump in dumpsters if I know that there is something really good in there.Vinay can not understand this. He will never pull over and let me get something if he is driving.

Now with Liv I am always on the look out for things for her. You would not believe the good toys people toss because their kids no longer use it. Usually I leave her stuff at my Mom's because Vinay gets mad. "Why don't we just buy her it" he'll exclaim when I tell him of a new treasure I found. He just doesn't understand the trill I get when I pass something on the road that looks of interest. I usually circle around once or twice to try and get a good look at it. Then I'll pull over, inspect it for damage or bugs or anything gross that I don't want to touch and if it passes I shove it in the back of my car, luckily I have an SUV, but even when I had a VW cabriolet, I never let it stop me. Once I get it home I fully inspect the item, and then I get to work. Cleaning it, painting it, whatever it needs to look new.

My latest find was just great. Liv and I were driving home from my Mom's one night Vinay was away. It was a Tuesday, garbage night, so I had my eye out as always. A few blocks up from my Mom's I see a bunch of stuff outside of a house with a for sale sign, Jackpot!!!
Right there behind a snow bank I saw one of those red Fisher Price cars that the kids ride in. I have been thinking about getting one for Liv for the summer. So I turned around and pulled over. I had to climb the snow bank, fit it into the back of my car, which had her stroller and a whole bunch of other crap I never clean out. It barely fit, but I made it. Vinay was away so when Liv went to bed I took the car out and put it in the backyard. I figured I'd clean it up one day when it's nice out.
Well of course a few weeks later Vinay says to me, "Where did you get that little red car?". The smirk on my face gave him the answer. "It has no steering wheel" was his answer. "Well it was being thrown out and it's in decent shape. Why should it just take up space in the landfill. Let's just call it recycling!!!!" Was my response and I haven't heard a word about it since.

Here it is the recycled car, all cleaned up. Liv loved playing outside with it so much I finally brought it in the house one night when she was cranky.
Mommy I love my new pre-owned vehicle.
Who needs a steering wheel anyway, you can just push me around.
Oh no driving while on the cell phone, better get this girl a bluetooth.
Ok so it does need some body work yet, I need to re glue the stickers.
Mom I hope this car isn't a lemon. Let's push it to the nearest service station.


Kim said...

I think that's awesome!!! I recycle from my friend - her son is 6 months older than Alex. :)

Anonymous said...

way to go green...or cheap. there's all kind of names for, kwis

I look forward to the conversation when it comes to her 1st real car

Alleen said...

hahahaha!! I loved this post.

When we moved into this house, the previous owner didn't have time to pack his stuff(we bought the house after only 2 days on the market) and he left TONS of stuff at the curb. When we pulled up, people were having a field day! We had to shoo them away and tell them we got first dibs on the stuff. More was in the garage!

Sarah said...

I am with you! I love curb recycling too! I found a perfectly good little tykes picnic table last summer with just a little fading... it killed me to pass by some wicker furniture the other day, but I did. I need to set more of my stuff at the curb... my house is overflowing! LOL

LOVE the great car!

Ellie said...

Cha CHING!!!!


I am so about scooping out the curbs, and evening Garage sales!

My last great find was 20 Disney VHS and about 30 kids books... Can NEVER HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM!


Carrie said...

You are a riot! Looks like she is enjoying it no matter what.

I am a shopper. I love a bargain, but I am not a garbage picker--ha, ha. I do buy full price when I really want it though. And, Nordstrom is my favorite store. Definitely a shopper. I know we have thrown things out just to get rid of it. Now I freecycle and Savannah is getting a Barbie Jeep.