Curbside Treasures! Yup...FREE!

Hi everyone!

For Linda and Troy's parties today, we are talking Curbside Shopping. Yes boys and girls, my truck has a tendency to slam on the brakes and veer off the road on trash days! Now, I have to admit, I generally just happen to be driving along and I spot a pile of trash with something that looks cool to me so I stop and investigate. Now Trash Pickin' is an art form. There are people making it a full time job and making decent money at it.

Here are a couple of my recent "pickin's".

Now, this so caught my eye from the road. It was what made me stop and check things out.



This poor, one time beauty, has been abused and neglected!



She just isn't the delicate pretty chair she once was.



Wear and tear has taken it's toll.



But, I feel I can save her! I have no idea how, mind you but, she just has to be helped! I have never refinished wicker before. And this is a VERY low budget project. So, any of you amazingly talented ladies out there that have done any kind of repairs on wicker.....HELP!!



Another abused wicker piece. It looks like someone sat down on it and broke the center.





Now this little stool I actually paid for! Howly cow, what was I thinking? LOL It was $1.91. It is not in too bad of shape. The wicker seat has a few issues going on. I can't wait to redo this piece. I already have it redone in my head! LOL






This was also found at the curb with the wicker. Just a rusty stand. I am going to use it outside as a plant stand. It will get a little refreshening up.



A Little Wicker Furniture History.

From Egypt to the American Patio
The History of Wicker Furniture
Considered one of the quintessential elements of modern outdoor furniture, wicker has a long and interesting history. One of the first natural materials to be used for furniture, it was very popular during the ancient Egyptian civilization as a medium for baskets and chairs. The popularity of wicker was passed from Egypt to Rome and then throughout Europe, as international sea traders carried wicker wares to Great Britain, Portugal, and Spain. Today, wicker remains a popular selection for outdoor furniture in America and Europe. From the classical pieces of ancient Egypt to the modern-day outdoor furniture of America, wicker furniture has survived and flourished through centuries and civilizations.

By the nineteenth century's Victorian era in England, wicker had become an important and popular element for outdoor furniture. As lovers of cleanliness, Victorians believed that the raw wicker was far more sanitary for furniture, as it tended to collect much less dust than upholstered items. Wicker furniture became popular for use both in the home and in the garden, as its simplicity and flexibility lent itself toward a variety of different furniture styles and designs.


To read more about the history of wicker, go HERE.

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18 comments :

  1. Great finds, Diann! I love wicker! You did well for yourself! Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. I know you can breathe new life into these pieces. I love the chair, awesome back!! The wire stand is very cool also. Can't wait to see some TLC to all of them. I don't know anything about wicker repair...sorry. I guess I would glue what's there and paint?

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  3. WOW! Awesome finds!! Sweet sweet chair!!
    *hugs*deb

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  4. Beautiful..such charming photos..i love your new treasures..the best!!
    Kiki~

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  5. I soooo LOVE the word FREE...looks like you have beeb busy! Thanks for coming to my PARTY and I hope you have a good time:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. Diann
    You make me laugh, but if I were in your place would do the same thing, would to go in front of the garbage truck ...
    Dream of having these chairs ... let me stay with them?
    kisses

    Tina (Sonhar e Realizar)

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  7. I love that "peacock" chair...have no idea how you could repair it. The little stool is pretty cool, too...again, no ideas on saving it.

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  8. When I hear FREE my heart skips a beat! I love your finds. Be blessed. Cindy

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  9. Diann I have done caning before and I bet its about the same to work with...Look online I know you will find what you need to redo these real beauties...Love that chair the best...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  10. That chair is beautiful. I hope you get her repaired. She's worth it. I see your little girl's fashionable shoes. Too cute!

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  11. Love that chair Diann- can't wait to see the afters on these!
    xoxo Pattie

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  12. Interesting finds - good luck on the fixing ups of them - I'm sure you will figure something out on the wicker!

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  13. the details on that white chair are amazing! there's a house in my neighborhood who has one similar out on their open front porch, and i know it is officially spring when they bring it out! good luck restoring them.

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your comments. your yard sales go til 7 at night? ok, i think that may be on the totally other end of the spectrum. they can't possibly start at 8 or 9, then, can they?

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  14. You can't beat free! Great finds. I am hosting a giveaway and I'd love it if you stopped by!

    Laura @ along for the ride

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  15. There's still a ton of life in all of those pieces! I especially love that ornate wicker chair. I've found a few pieces at the curb, and after a little gluing and some spray paint, they go in the garden!

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  16. Yay! Free is always good. I don't have a truck but I wonder how much I can cram into a Ford Taurus on garbage days... ;-)

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  17. Nice pieces Diann. :o) I'm sure you'll be able to give them a great new life. Oh, and I LOVE the Princess' cute green flowered shoes and looks like her outfit (the part I can see) matches perfectly.

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  18. you have to break some eggs to repair wicker... meaning I think you have to buy something else wicker and then soak the pieces in water to make them bendy and just try to glue and fill in the gaps.. then of course get out the cloud of spray paint and go to town.. ahhah..
    I dont think you can ever really repair it.. but you can make it look better.. I just did a wicker headboard and that's what I did.
    Good luck.. and yes FrEEEEE is my favorite too.

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