Where do you find these old things...???

by Linda
Old doors, old shutters, old dressers, dresser drawers, wooden boxes, etcetera... Where in the world is everyone finding these things??? Besides the items that I have saved for years and years (a lot of stuff, actually) I cannot find these many things. Every time I see a project...I always say aloud "But where did you get the old shutter (or whatever) ???? Stores here seem only to sell "finished" items!!! I am exasperated! Thanks for letting me sound off...but if anyone can tell me some tricks, please do.....!! Linda in Augusta, GA
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  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Nov 11, 2013
    Linda, I've been a "re-purposer" my whole life. I always find things at construction sites, junk yards, thrift stores and Salvation army and Goodwill stores. Break out your phone book and call some construction companies and ask if they are involved in any remodels or teardowns then see if you can work a deal. Yard sales are another great way to find stuff.

  • Kendra Kendra on Nov 12, 2013
    Habitat for Humanity Restore has always been a good source for me. You can donate and/or purchase things. I'm not sure if I drag more stuff in there ... or out of there! Here's a link to see if there is a store near you: http://www.habitat.org/

  • Judy4justice Judy4justice on Nov 12, 2013
    I see doors and windows at my local Thrift store quite often.I just never have a project in mind when I see them.So many creative people here.I will start to look at these things differently now.

  • Carolynm Carolynm on Nov 12, 2013
    There are a lot of thrift stores in my area. I visit them often and sometimes, they will call you if something you want comes in. Also the Habitat for Humanity ReStores are a great place to look. I found fan blades (5 for $1.00) to make dragonfly fence decorations.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    Wow! I clicked the link and found 4 nearby addresses. I didn't think we had any H for H places here. I will have to call to see if they are just some kind of offices, or a "ReStore" as I think it is called. Thank you so much for your help. God Bless Y'all.

    • GrandmaCarol Speight GrandmaCarol Speight on Nov 17, 2013
      @Linda Here in Toronto, Canada..."They" are called "Restore-it". I also suggest calling demolition companies AND house builders, window replacement firms too. Check out your citys' recycling yard as well. Good luck.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    I guess I just need to look a little harder!! We don't have any "thrift" stores here, other than Goodwill. We just have a lot of consignment shops. Most of them have already "done the work" and charging that higher price. They seem to know where to snap up these items, but won't share their resources with customers!! Goodwill seems to want too much for their bigger stuff, and have never seen doors, shutters, and stuff like that. I have had to pass up some nice furniture pieces because they are just too high. I'll give the Salvation Army Store a call. I am under the impression that all they sell is clothing, but maybe I'm wrong. Will check! Thanks to everyone!!!

  • Barbara R Barbara R on Nov 12, 2013
    Here in our small town, we have Groups in Facebook. They are called "The town" Yard sellers, or Yard Sales. People post things for sale and also post ISO (In search of) items. You can do a ISO items you need like doors, shutters, etc. You would be surprised what you can get. Look on Facebook for the County or Town name and see if there are already groups formed or start your own.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    WOW...I'll check out Facebook for our area. Haven't heard of this, but I'll fish around and see what comes up. Thanks for the wonderful tip, but mostly for your time in replying. Happy Hunting to you, too!

  • Lori Wallace Lori Wallace on Nov 12, 2013
    Craigslist! Also, if you know a contractor, they clear out a lot of old architectural elements to put in new, and the owners just tell them to dispose of it. Put out feelers. But seriously, you can find anything on Craigslist.

    • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2013
      @Lori Wallace Thanks for that reminder Lori....haven't thought of that one.

  • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Nov 12, 2013
    Look for a group in your area called Freecycle. Everything must be free, they communicate via email and once you join you can post what your looking for, and if there's anything you need to get rid of.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    Yeah! You're right! Thanks for the helpful hints.!!!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    Hah!!! Just googled freecycle in Augusta....yep! there it is! Thanks....I'll be checking them out!! Thanks for the tip!

  • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Nov 12, 2013
    Good luck, hope you find all kinds of neat things.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 12, 2013
    Thanks @R.V.R.Farris, I hope I do too!!

  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Nov 12, 2013
    any flea market, estate sale. www.estatesales.net has one in your area!

  • Linda T Linda T on Nov 13, 2013
    I didn't have time to read all the comments, so this has probably been suggested, but another good source is auctions mostly in permanent buildings, weekly, and sometimes in homes that are being sold. To find them, go to "Auctionzip.com" Click on the distance from home, and you will probably find a couple of dozen!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 13, 2013
    Oh, yeah! Checked it just now, and there are a number in the upcoming weeks within 30 miles of my zip code. Thanks for the great tip!!!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 13, 2013
    Thanks @Julie Moyna I googled estatesales.net and found several withing 100-150 miles...and even some regular ones scheduled every week very nearby. Will try to check them out! Really appreciate that you took the time to answer. Bless ya, Girl!!

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    • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2013
      @Julie Moyna I don't have enough money for this to be addicting!!!! But thanks, I'll be careful!!

  • Jane Jane on Nov 13, 2013
    Others have given you terrific resources but I have a couple of additional suggestions. # 1) If you live in a large enough town where they have regular pickup days for furniture or big items that cannot go into the regular trash, you might hit the jackpot! I live in a condo complex bordered by several large apartment complexes and it is amazing what people leave behind when they move in and out of these places. I don't even go looking for this stuff-its just sitting on the curb and I usually see it as I'm passing through the neighborhood on my way to work. I've found a lot of junk but also some unbelievable free treasures over the last five years: a 48 inch glass and brass coffee table in perfect condition; bookshelves (needed a little love in the form of paint); patio chairs (needed scrubbing), an armoire (perfect condition...donated it to a group home for developmentally disabled); several old doors (friends and I made desks out of them); an almost new recliner (steam cleaned it and gave it to my sister who loved it); set of four custom built base cabinets (painted them and added countertops and shelving to add storage and display areas along a 15 foot wall in my LR); two chandeliers that I refurbished with paint and new shades or globes; three lamps (which were in great condition except for needing new shades); numerous picture frames (great for my photography and art projects; a 4 ft.x 5 ft. wood framed mirror (now in my dining room); set of shutters (haven't used them yet), a small slab of granite (12 in.x 14 in.) which I use as a base for a sculpture a family member made for me; a box of cabinet hardware (used on the base cabinets); a 30 in. high vase (repainted and used to display my collection of canes in my entryway); numerous baskets, crates and metal tins (used for storage and craft projects) etc.. I also love yard sales although I don't get to them very often because of my work schedule but on one or two occasions that has worked in my favor. Sellers are eager to get rid of items and often will offer to sell at lower prices just so they don't have to box up the remaining items. Years ago I lived in a fairly good sized military town (two bases) and while there discovered two resources for all kinds of treasures...hence suggestion #2). Many times military families do not move all their belongings so they either sell them to each other or sell them to a third party broker who gives them cash for their furniture and then turns around and sells them to other military families or the public at large for deeply discounted prices. I was really into chairs (I don't know why) and found several really cool wooden chairs for a few bucks each. Also got a bedroom dresser for $12 that I still have twenty years later! I also found a dealer who bought furniture from hotel chains when they remodeled their rooms...furniture, lamps, art , drapes etc. You could get some real deals and some really nice items. I didn't end up buying anything for myself because my house was bursting at the seams but a friend bought several items...a cute bistro table and chairs, some bars stools, a love seat and a Bombay table. She still has them and they have held up well over the years. Well happy treasure hunting...Keep your eyes and ears open because there is tons of treasure in both the obvious and unexpected places!

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    • Linda Linda on Nov 17, 2013
      Yes, Jane...I have definite plans for most of the stuff I have saved over all these many years. It takes up 2300 Sq. Ft...along with other items we just don't know where else to put: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc., + Wedding Decor we used to do a lot of + stuff that any family member or friend wants to store. It's upstairs above our auto shop. We had plans to finish out the space (actually I do have drawn plans for placement of all the rooms for a home for my husband and I!!) but we never felt financially secure enough to spend the money it would take to add walls, plumbing, a kitchen, bath fixtures,....etc., so it turned into a storage space. The major pieces that I want to redo will not fit in the house that we bought with our daughter. The house is great...just too small but I am, piece by piece doing the ones that will fit. I am not at a lack for projects for sure!!! It's just that I would like to get my hands on a couple of old doors and old shutters, but I never run across them. There are so many cool projects that others are doing with them, and I have a few places where I could use them, but as it seems they are so plentiful to others....why can't I find them. But maybe with one or 2 of the resources that you and others have out me on to, hopefully I will find some. About that long winded-ness,,,no worries here. As you can see, I can hold my own with telling a long story, Always seems like I can say what I want in a few sentences, but then it just seems to go on and on and gets longer and longer. See! Thanks again for all your ideas. it's great hearing from other enthusiasts like you. God Bless You and Yours...and Keep those brushes clean and ready to go!!!

  • TJ TJ on Nov 14, 2013
    the best auctions for me are farm auctions. Bits & pieces of stuff that have been sitting around their farms forever. Sometimes you do get some folks bidding that are not experienced enough to know how to keep bids low or antique dealers, but I find the worst ones are other older guys. Just look and don't be afraid to ask. I got two trailer loads of bricks from the hospital I was born in when they were doing a massive change and tearing down walls. One brick even had the name of the hospital on it. Even at auctions there maybe stuff that they didn't consider selling so I ask. good luck & have fun. but as others have said, it can be addicting.

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    • TJ TJ on Nov 15, 2013
      @Linda the brick with the hospital name on it sits on top of my brick archway into my dining room. No I didn't build the archway but the other bricks have been used mainly in my gardens and yard. But @Linda if you start looking, you may be surprised at what you see. For auctions, google auctions and your zip. My area has a website that a lot of the auction companies use to post their auction dates and a flyer of what kinds of things will be sold that day. have fun and keep browsing Hometalk for ideas.

  • Andrea Vesque Andrea Vesque on Nov 14, 2013
    I live 7 mile up the creek from town so on the day before trash pick up day people with items that can be fixed up. Then there are the apt. complexes. Go the them near the end of the month. same thing if you live near a Resort. You wouldn't believe what some people just throw away. Good hunting

  • Linda T Linda T on Nov 14, 2013
    If you are new at auctions, a couple of tips. Firstly, the auctioneer might start the bidding at $5.00, and if no-one moves, go down to $2.00, then even one! Be patient, no matter how much you want something badly. Even then, once some people want the item, it can go up really fast. You should make up your mind what you will go to, and try not to go over, because it gets too exciting, and your heart will race. It's like being on a roller coaster, except YOU are in control. The other thing is, looking to see if you can spot dealers. They often come with big panel trucks and will be chatting with the auctioneers (Usually more than one, because it's hard work, so a couple will be wondering about, greeting people) Dealers can be 'cut throat', and put the prices up, then, often backing out, leaving you with, say, a nice table, that you wanted for $12.00ish, but they kept bidding, so before you know it, you have to pay $20.00, and it might be worth it, but that's not the thrill of the 'game'. On the other hand if more than one dealer goes after the same article, you know it's worth something, and will sell in an antique centre or flea market. Also, go to the place at least 1/2 an hour before it starts, so you can 'rifle' through boxes, for little treasures. I have bought many 'dollar', or 1/2 dollar, boxes, where I found treasures like almost unused cookbooks, new yarn and knitting needles, small gold chains or whatever, that the 'sorters' didn't spot when putting the stuff on tables before the sale. I saw one box a while back, with a Wusthoff pairing knife, another kitchen knife, and a wooden salad fork with a sterling silver Steiff, rose pattern handle. The dealers bid against me, but I got it for $13.00 !!! That was a coup! Once, my partner went without me, and brought back a big Rubbermaid tub, full of beautiful, unfinished X-stich pictures, patterns, DMC and canvas, probably $200.00 worth, for $18.00!!!! There's more, but I am a knitter, and can't type and knit, HA!

  • Francine Mosuk-Regnier Francine Mosuk-Regnier on Nov 14, 2013
    I also joined bargain pages on facebook, there are 3 free sites where I live and many barter and for sale sites here. .There are also many bargain pages here just search on face book for them !

  • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2013
    OK! Thanks for the information @Francine Mosuk-Regnier I'll check them out!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2013
    Ha Ha @Linda T I know what you mean about typing and knitting, I can't eat and type!! Whoahahaha!! I bring a lot of stuff home from work, too, and I have a hard time concentrating on it at the same time I'm on Hometalk or Pinterest!!!!! And I'm good at multi-tasking, but not That good!!! And as to the bidding--while I've never done an auction in person, I have done at lot of ebay auctions. I know what you mean about paying too much because you want something so badly. And those heart-pounding moments before it's a done deal. Thanks so much for all this information. Sounds like you've scored some great finds. Since I so impulsively typed my rant about not finding stuff, I have received about 10 or 12 new ideas (to me) of where to find things. I am indebted to so many girls (mostly) who are willing to share their info. Just shows that when you're passionate about something, and hit a hard spot, there are so many others willing to help you out! Isn't that wonderful to learn!!! See ya "round"... PS: I used to be way into cross-stitch. Did a LOT of things, and have some unfinished projects in my stash! Some just need frames.Will finish them in a couple years. Hopefully will be able to retire by then. [We own a family business that takes up way too much of my time.] Just moved into the first "home" where I feel like this is a good place to display them. Hence, all the interest in Home Decor and re-purposing things. Our home is a 5-person, 3 generation family. I'm the Nana with hubby Pa Pa, Daughter,and 2 teens,..13 Lauren and 15 Chase. About midway thru re-doing Lauren's room with all white furniture all antiques (or more correctly,,,vintage, attic, chic.) Some stuff 4 generations old. One room ongoing, 9 more to go!! Plus landscaping to redo. Love gardening too. Love doing too many things. But 67 and still working.

    • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Nov 19, 2013
      @Linda Linda, you are 67, and you work? I admire you!!You are lucky to have your health!I am 48, had a stroke 2 yrs ago, and am trying to find a job, because even with volunteering at school and synagogue, Iam stillbored, and I want my own money, as I used to have when I worked.I can't wait to go to all these websites that have been suggested, and look for a treasure!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 14, 2013
    Wahoo...@Andrea Vesque great ideas! thanks for sharing.... Sounds like you have some very interesting ways of finding "stuff"... And, yes, it is amazing what people just throw away. Sorry to say, I am way too much the other way.... My family is always up in arms for me to get rid of all "that junk". I really have a lot of stuff, but never had the time to "re-cycle" them for my use...or the right home. But now, our newest home, though a bit too small for everything, does provide some space for things that I have been holding on to for all these years....mostly old furniture that my ancestors treasured, and since I inherited it, I love it too... Nothing of great money value, but so much history and charm in them. Just never see any of those old doors, shutters, etc. for the more recent upgrades that people are doing to them. Want to get my hands on some of those items. See ya round!

  • Linda T Linda T on Nov 15, 2013
    My best friend moved to SC many years ago, and though we are still very much in touch, and she comes up here to visit her daughter now and again, and we get together, I miss her a lot. A Russian woman who lived at the top of my road, 'picked me up' a few years ago. I was gardening, and she was doing a health walk and stopped to introduce herself. She's a wonderful artist, painting pictures, silk scarves, and making wirework jewelry, so we had a lot in common, and became firm friends. However her husband is a nasty sarcastic overbearing pig, so last year she left him (I suspect she only married to get citizenship here) divorced him and promised to keep in touch with me. Not only have I not heard on peep, but her now ex says she changed her e-address! I know lots of people in town, but they are not friends, as I had my daughter at 35, and as they were mostly farm girls with nothing much to do except work, join scouts etc. and date and get married, so at the elementary school I was way older than them, and peculiar, in that I have a British accent, have lived all over the mid East, speak French and more and was a hippy (still am!) So since I have little in common with any of them, I have been lonely for a rather long time, so I consider hometalk, Care2, and fb my friends. Besides my family is all over the UK, one nephew in Amsterdam, friends in southern Holland and Belgium and with computer I can stay in touch, but it's not the same as chatting with people about things that you enjoy doing. My daughter was run over on a crossing a few years ago, and while stuck in her 3rd floor apt. for days, her landlady and friend taught her to knit. Then she learned crochet from an eBook, then Polymer clay form a French site and she doesn't even speak the language!!!!! So she and I can chat more now than when she was a lazy, uninspired young tear-away, but she has her own business buying used books from libraries, Goodwill, Salvation Army etc and putting them on Amazon, so she's always busy. I would be working too, as my partner (ex divorced me, and died a few years later) is a stagehand and got me into the business in 2000. I loved it, but we worked many hours, drove all over, and walked many miles, doing conferences in the Baltimore Convention Centre, the DCC, hotel ballrooms and more, so when I had cancer and had to stop HRT, my spine collapsed fast and one day at work, my legs just gave out under me. Luckily my partner was by my side, so he caught me, and luckily, the client that day, gave me jobs in the equipment room, like putting away the Sharpies, winding and putting away cables and plugs, and when I was done let me knit for the rest of the afternoon (I take my knitting everywhere) without telling our agent to cut my pay. Obviously he couldn't give me anymore work as there is an awful lot of heavy lifting and loading and unloading huge trucks, so since I had worked at a dry cleaner and had done some pretty good mending jobs, my next door neighbour who had a yarn shop sent me repairs and knitting jobs and even though she sold the shop, the new owners send me work all the time. I have 3 Xmas stockings on order at the moment, and potentially 4 more from anther woman, just lengthened a little boy's vest and have another pair of regular sock to do. It's not as much money as stagehand, but I don't have to leave the house and I can watch Ellen while I work. What's not to love? BTW, I have a large collection of old frames and love refinishing them when I have one the right size for something. Linda T

    • Linda Linda on Nov 15, 2013
      @Linda T WOW! What an interesting story. Here's another job for you: write a book! Sounds like you have backgrounds for those stories!!! I work many hours a week at our family business, an automotive service and repair shop. We have nearly always struggled to pay our bills, and now we have the overhead of this expensive shop that we built in 2000. We did very well indeed until 9/11, and then this horrible economy. I have chronic fatigue too. So I must sleep about 10-12 hours each night. Don't get up until 10 or 11 am. Then work like crazy to fit everything into an afternoon that I can. Have been working most weekends and some evenings on a room re-do for my grand-daughter. The story on that is in another post....Hey! I think it was to you!! We bought a house with our daughter and her 2 teens. I'm the creative one with so many projects that I'd like to do, so the kids have me doing their rooms. After the grand-daughter's room, next up will be the 15 year old grandson's room. He is an avid hunter...with his Dad...and wants to do his room in duck blind grass. Real, cream-colored bamboo strips that looks like duck pond grass. (distributed by the Duck Commander family of TV fame.) It will look good, but VERY different. Lots of other hunting related items and projects to do in there. Plus, he has a "Man Cave"...a secret little room that you get to by going thru his closet!! He's wants to turn it into a sports...other than hunting...room. Lot of things/ideas for that area too. We will be busy for as long as I am able to keep going!!!! Can't wait to get some of these projects done and post them somewhere!!! Pinterest and Hometalk plus facebook etc. It will most definitely be unique! Then I still have about 8 other rooms to decorate in one way or another. Lots of work, but I am in heaven as this is the first place we have lived in many years that warrants a full re-do from top to bottom, and where my husband has agreed to let me have at it!!!! On the cheap, of course!! My sister has had a very hard life. Reading about your health problems reminded me of her. She is stuck at home, only a few miles away, mostly, with "no" real life. She sleeps a LOT...and then spends hours and hours on the computer. Only lately has so tuned in to Facebook. Unfortunately she has been picked up by some scammers in Nigeria who avow undying love for her, then ask for money. She sent $100 last month, and then was dropped by her wonderful man who told her all kinds of unbelievable stories until he got the money. There are a tremendous amount of scams like this. They mostly come from India, pakistan, and africa. But they appear to be coming from "handsome" men who are working on oil-rigs, or some other multi-million dollar jobs around the world. They say they are wealthy and promise to come and get you and take you away from your horrible life. Do be careful, especially on Facebook. They somehow know how to find lonely women there. (We lived with her for a while, but I just couldn't stand living like she does....a total slob...not so much that she couldn't keep things clean and orderly. More like she likes it looking like one of those homes you see on "hoarders" TV. I just couldn't take it anymore, so we moved out with our daughter. It takes all of us to keep up with getting kids to and from school, projects, and extra-curricular after school games, etc. Daughter is a Nurse and works 5 very long days. So it takes all of us, so we moved out of the small house my sister is in. She is there alone, but we have to get her into some other place. Anyway, sounds like you have found ways to keep yourself constructibly busy and make some income. Not so with my sister. She doesn't even wash dishes....let alone anything else. She is just 62 and we (her daughter and also mine, and my wonderful husband) are trying to find a place for her...like a retirement home where she can be safer than where she is now. And can meet other people to socialize with. I hope you have a safety network of others who look out for you when you need it. God bless you, Linda T Will touch base with you later!

  • Jill Klein Jill Klein on Nov 15, 2013
    It's true what you can find at the side of the road the night before trash pick-up. I'd been looking through Craigslist for a good futon, and after giving up, found a FREE frame, gorgeous wood, just down the street! (There IS a God!) It didn't come with a mattress, but I saved at least $150, I'm guessing. The people had assembled it wrong, but they said they didn't need it. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I found it!

  • Linda T Linda T on Nov 15, 2013
    When I was able to work, I walked to and from, nearly a mile each way. one day, on my way home, I saw 4 heavy oak chairs on the sidewalk. Luckily I was using a back pack, so had both friends free. I picked two up, and struggled home with them, but when my boss offered to get the other two with her car, they had gone! I painted and recovered the two and am sitting on one right now. Love free stuff!

    • Linda Linda on Nov 15, 2013
      @Linda T That just sounds incredible! I can just see you now...struggling along the side of the road with those 2 chairs. Bet you were sore and exhausted when you got home!!! But, oh wasn't it so worth it??? Sorry you missed the other 2. hmmmm wonder who got them, and what they did with them. Wouldn't it be great to know!? Guess what job I am doing now: Yep...chairs. I just chalk painted 2 old spindle style chairs. They turned out great. Have to get some fabric to make seats. Hubby is got to cut out 2 plywood pieces to span the hole that was left when the very old cane broke through when I sat on one. {Picture that one!! with my surprised face!!} Elected not to re-cane them. One is for grand-daughter's desk in her newly redone room...by me! Have lots more to do there: The lady who lived in the house we bought in May left sooo much furniture. Among it was a beautiful wicker vanity with mirror (has carved wood accents), high back wicker chair and a bench that matches with the wood carving. Then added wicker night stand that we had, found another at a consignment shop. Sanded and spray painted all white. Looks just fabulous! Then chalk painted an old desk white (great-grandfather had made and sponge-painted tan--looked good once, but not anymore), then the 2 chairs I already mentioned...one for her room, one for elsewhere. Chairs were deep mahogany stained. Bled thru Kilz but it sealed them when dry. Then 2 coats light lime green, then drag coated with darker kind of sage green, then poly-acrylic satin. Look Great...just need Hubby to cut those seats, and then cushion and cover them. Haven't shopped for fabric yet. I plan to post photos when I finish the whole job. Maybe you'll catch it! See ya later...

  • Kendra Kendra on Nov 15, 2013
    Funny story .... I put a chair out on the curb with a free sign on it. A short time later. my neighbor across the street put a chair free chair out on the curb. Long story short ... we ended up swapping! It was great!

    • Linda Linda on Nov 15, 2013
      @Kendra So funny. What is it they say..."one man's trash is another man's treasure!" Sure fits this story! Thanks for sharing. Say!? Aren't we having fun with this one little question about finding old stuff? Well, I sure am!!!!

  • Patricia Cleveland Patricia Cleveland on Nov 15, 2013
    @Linda: antique stores, flea markets, consignment shops, yard sales - once you start looking, you'll see items!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 15, 2013
    Wahoo! What a great find! Yep, I've seen stuff on the road that I would stop and pick up, but haven't. Tried once and it was too heavy for me to lift, then figured it wouldn't fit in my mini-van anyway. Other times, it was raining, or the item was water sodden. Or we were flying by with a car crammed full of stuff already as we were going to the races somewhere out of town. (Our son is a racer!) Anyway, can't seem to happen upon anything of any use when and where I can grab it. But that won't stop me from keeping my "eye peeled" for something. Thanks for sharing! It that a parrot on your shoulder?

  • Linda Linda on Nov 15, 2013
    I'm looking, I'm looking. Round here we have those stores, etc., and have found some good stuff, but not the doors and shutters anywhere. Because of my health, I don't get up early enough on Saturdays to do the yard sale bit...but someday, I hope to try those. Thanks for sharing!!! See ya round....

  • Linda Linda on Nov 17, 2013
    Will do per the auctions...and Great Place for that brick. C Ya!

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Nov 19, 2013
    I've often wondered the same thing- In our town, we aren't allowed to have yard sales. The only thing resembling a yard sale, are large, group sales/ flea markets, at the Y, or in a school gym, where you pay to rent space, so I never get the opportunity to refurbish anything!

  • Linda Linda on Nov 19, 2013
    Yeah...feel for ya. While we do have yard sales, my health doesn't allow me to get up so early. I sleep late every morning and then work all afternoon. I do have a little time, tho not often, to drop in at consignment shops. but they don't have much in the way of "raw materials" for sale. Most is already "refinished" and for sale at the high end of the pricing scale. Can you see all of the comments in this string of Q & A's? I think you can... Take a look at all of them. Several had some pretty good place to look up on the internet. And some other good ideas, too. Maybe one or more of them will help you out in your area. I found a few that I will be following up on. Happy Hunting, @Polly Zieper Love your wedding picture! Let me know if something works for you!!

    • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Nov 19, 2013
      @Linda Thank you, Linda!That picture was a looooong time ago!I am going to look up a Facebook page someone mentioned, to see if anything works out.Consignment stores or the Salvation Army/Goodwill stores are also an option.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 20, 2013
    Yes...I'm still working, but not by choice. My husband and I own our auto service business. If we didn't owe the bank so much, we would both be retired. He's 73, but can still go as hard (or harder!) than the younger guys in our shop. If we could sell this shop...building, land, and the business.... I would retire. My husband still loves working. (he says he would find some kind of work.... But I could keep him busy full-time at home. He can do ANYTHING.... Wonderful man with so many skills!) He doesn't work on cars anymore...techs do that, and we have 2 people who run the business for us. But there are still many jobs that only he and I can do. Last appraisal had us upside down on the loan. The economy lowered the value of the property too much, that to sell, we would still owe the bank. So we just keep hanging in there, trying to make a profit. That's near impossible too. We've both had a couple of health hiccups in the last 4-5 years, but bounced back pretty good. My main problem is my chronic fatigue. Doctors can't find what to do for me. Exhausted all the time.... Sleep 10 -12 hours per night. Work from after lunch til I find a good stopping point. Some days I can get home before dark. And, depending on how much energy I have, I push myself to paint, or whatever I'm working on. That's the time plus some weekends that I work on the projects that I get myself into. That's what I would do full-time if I could retire!!! I have many interests in a variety of crafty-type things. Sewing, painting (watercolor), cross-stitch, upholstery (a bit!), and many other things. Next up is to find where my sewing machine is to make curtains, and 3 cushions for Lauren's room. And a few toss pillows for her bed. (We moved 3 times since mid-January...a very long story!!) So I think my machine and serger are still in the car-hauler trailer, with a lot of other furniture that we used at the last house. Good luck on the job hunt. And happy-finding for the things that you are trying to find.

  • Meredith Wouters Meredith Wouters on Apr 08, 2014
    Have you tried your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore? I love to wander around mine, looking for inspiration.

  • Linda Linda on Apr 08, 2014
    No, Meredith, not yet. Just recently found out that we have one here. I work full-time and help with 4 grands...so I don't get much free time during the day to "roam around" and check out these places. Thanks for your reply. Do you find many things there? Are they reasonably priced? I find Goodwill to be too expensive for the really good things I would like to buy. Bummer!

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Jul 04, 2014
    Usuall out in the country or in the middle of nowhere when you least expect it... I love the Eastern Shore of Virginia and way out in Suffolk or Smithfield, VA

  • Yard sales, salvage shops, and flea markets.