Sadly, while the store was closed over the weekend, people had piled a mountain of furniture, kitchenware, and junk behind the store.
It had rained three inches during that time.
Things were a sodden mess.
I salvaged what I could handle and called a friend who rescued a few more items.
Then a lady with a trailer came by and took several big items to see if she could repair the damage and bring them back.
All the thrift store asked was for a small donation (so small I tripled what they asked). They had a few volunteers to load the items into your vehicle.
The items I rescued:
The display cabinet above - the back too warped from the rain to save, but I have an idea for that.
These tall metal planters - yes, a bit of rust, but a nice shape.
Some #&*+#@ person dumped a 1920's era vanity and wardrobe.
I wanted the drawers and the lady with the trailer wanted the bodies.
So that worked out, but I would have rather the pieces been restored to their former glory.
And they probably could have been had they not been tossed out in the rain.
The drawers are constructed of oak with a veneer.
This was the main drawer of the wardrobe.
I cleaned and waxed this one.
However the other drawers had to be stripped of the veneer.
I cleaned them and sent them on to the store.
They do not have overhanging fronts so they make an excellent stack of boxes for displays.
In a large bucket filled with filthy water, dirt, and leaves was a bit of color which revealed itself as Pyrex.
There was no way of dumping the bucket without further damaging other stuff so I bravely stuck my hands in there and started pulling out bowl after bowl.
Those of us attending the thrift tossing, tried to match tops to bottoms.
This is the group I claimed.
I know nothing about Pyrex except some of you are crazy about it.
I do know it should not look like this.
I do know NOT to put it in the dishwasher.
I do know to save the glass lids even if there is not a matching bowl.
I do know to show you when I get around to cleaning these if they are trash or treasure.
This was the saddest thrift tossing I have ever attended.
Mainly because most of the items left were vintage or older.
Boxes of swollen books, clothing, and furniture had to be dumped.
Please encourage people to donate when the thrift store is OPEN!
Do not just dump the stuff outside.
Off my soap box for now.
It is just I hate waste of any kind.
And I know most of you out there find it disheartening as I do about vintage items going to the landfill.
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