Monday, August 29, 2011

Oranges and Lemons Omnibus and don't forget to check out the skips


I took these Giant clam shells to the garden centre on Saturday, I thought they looked great with lemons and oranges in them. The one with the lemons in them sold yesterday so in future all I will buy is two bags of lemons for display rather than a bag each of lemons and oranges for variety.

Retro metal phone table and patio setting that came from the same groovy, retro, house as a bar I have pictures of below.




I love old typewriters...
and old books.


On to the WAC.....
Super groovy bar with lots of fab features,

like the tea towel holder and cupboards,
like this fab pull out drinks tray.


Recliner mid century chairs, pictured is one of three pairs.
The windows at the WAC suited last weeks weather....full of umbrellas. So clever but hard to photograph.

  We went to a house last week that already had two full skips in the driveway. Always remember to ask the people if you can look at what they have thrown away just incase you can use what they have thrown away.
This was the first piece that caught my eye, fortunately this old art deco gal had no chips from being thrown away.
This beswick horse saldy was not so lucky and had to be put down.
Also remember (but for some you would have to be a hard core vintage lover like me to attempt ha) to check the bins when you see full skips, as folks often fill them up at the same time when clearing an old house.
This is how I found this bin when I opened the lid.
The treasure trove went all the way through (yes this meant I had my head in a bin...not for the faint hearted) it was like they moved the black bins into the lounge room and emptied the china cabinets straight into them.
Here is just some of the items I salvaged.
While a lot was broken, from just being thrown in, it was amazing what survived intact
Of course you cannot break old collectable tea towels
Hope you all have a good week.

20 comments:

  1. I just can't believe what treasures people throw away! How tragic. It least you got to save some of it and it will find a nice new home :)

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  2. That reminds me of the time some in-laws of mine threw out vintage books (ie 100 year old children's books with colour plates) and other items of an elderly relative straight into the bin.
    Some of the garbage bags they couldn't fit into the bin came to us to be put in our bin. And yep, I went through it and made sure they were donated. In hindsight I wish I had kept some of the books (especially the ones with sentimental value) but at least they were given a second chance rather than being just landfill!
    Good on you for dumpster diving! More people should do it. xx

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  3. I just cant believe what people throw away, maybe out of pure innocence of not knowing value, or just plain laziness...thank goodness you managed to salvage some of this lot....I am very sad I live down here in SA and no where near your great outlet for vintage stuff...I always see stuff on here and WANT IT!

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  4. Oh my goodness...how on earth could they throw all that away but lucky for you!!
    I love all your goodies in this post but especially love the bar...can you remember how much it is and if you still have it at the WAC??
    I am thinking of somewhere special for that..
    speak to you soon,
    Kiss Noises Linda

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  5. Hey Linda, Will send an email, xx Katherine

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  6. "OMG", Ted said they're not allowed to 'swear' at school, but they're allowed to say 'OMG'.

    "OMG!" What are people throwing out!!! Look at those brand new tea towels for OMG's sake.

    Is that a kookaburra plate in there? OMG.

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  7. Yes MMMC good picking it is a Kookaburra plate...Mummy bird giving Baby bird a worm, very cute, I think the artist is "Crisp" will do a close up soon. There were so many tea towels and also tablcloths,too good to waste they are very popular as cushion fabric now.

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  8. snap on the fishing creel, I got one on Saturday too-not free though! Re:your comment on mine, not sure if I can move my other tutorials to the sidebar, I've wanted to for ages...all this posts/pages business gives me a headache. But I'm working on it!

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  9. It makes me sad to think how many bins are filled with treasures that aren't rescued by heroes like you. I love the clam shell, how much?

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  10. How sad that this is what becomes of someone's life once they pass away or move out. Are people just too lazy to find out if someone may want this kind of stuff or is it ignorance? So sad.

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  11. OMG that really saddens me that someone would just throw there loved ones things away. I am so glad you managed to save some of them. dee x

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  12. Hey Thea, the clam shall that has not sold yet sold is $545, the same price as the one that sold. But don't forget to ask for a blog readers 10 % discount

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  13. That's just amazing what people see as trash. Having a giggle at my mental image of you with your head stuck down the bin.
    Popped into Cottage Garden after lunching at Egg last week - looks great.
    Kylie

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  14. Omg this is so shocking! Why do people just chuck everything out like that. Who knows what its sentimental value would have been let alone the monetary! Amazing Katherine.

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  15. Hi Katherine, have now got the bakelite tute in the sidebar, yay!

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  16. Ooh, only just checked back for the clam shell. Yeah, that's a little too many clam shells for my budget but I'm sure you will sell it!

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