Last year I shared a post about a local Trash to Treasure Day. The City of White Bear Lake organizes a Saturday where its residents can put unwanted items at the curb for free. And crazy people like myself can drive around and just take stuff.
Here’s what I nabbed last year.
Here’s how the pair of chairs looked with a new paint job and fresh seat covers.
Here’s what happened with the radio cabinet shell after Ken added new legs, and I painted it.
I just cleaned up the suitcases with some soap and water and sold them at my Carriage House sale.
And finally, the sewing machine table with a paint job.
I debated whether or not to head to White Bear Lake again this year. Even though I ended up with some fun stuff last year, it’s a lot of driving around randomly. There are no signs on the street corners letting you know if there are items to be found on that street, so you really have to just cruise every neighborhood. On the plus side, it’s not far from home for me. So when the weather forecast called for a dry day (finally! we’ve had a lot of rain recently), and when my sister said sure, she’d tag along, I decided why not?
Here’s what Debbie and I came home with this year.
The chairs were our first find, we had driven around for a bit before we came upon them. I had already passed on an antique dresser that was missing all of its drawers. I debated taking it and turning it into a bookcase. I’ve seen that done on pinterest. But one side was really damaged as well, so in the end I decided not to grab that.
Debbie spotted that fab Cariboo box ahead of me and called dibs on it.
The wooden bucket is her find as well. If it were mine, I would paint it with some chippy MMS milk paint and put a stencil on it. She’s going to use it on her balcony as a planter, but I’m not sure if she plans to paint it or anything first.
I’m giving the ‘find of the day’ honors to the vintage typewriter.
I hardly needed another vintage typewriter, but it was right there free for the taking. How could I pass it up?
I have no idea what I’m doing with a trio of mid-century typewriters!
I think there is a good chance you’ll find one or more of these at my fall Carriage House sale!
My trash to treasure day was capped off with the Pink Martini concert at Orchestra Hall on Saturday night.
If you’ve always wanted to see people dancing in their seats and not just one, but two conga lines at Orchestra Hall, this was your chance. It was an awesome show. If you’ve never heard of Pink Martini, they are very hard to describe. They are an international group of musicians, and Saturday they sang a couple of songs in French, one in German, one in Japanese, one in Arabic, one in Croatian, one in Spanish and quite a few in English.
Their lead singer told a great story. She said they’d decided to make a pilgrimage to Paisley Park while they were in town so they hired an Uber car to take them out there. They were chatting with the driver on the journey and mentioned that they were from Portland and the driver said “oh, I’m going to see a band from Portland tonight, Pink Martini. Have you heard of them?”
Imagine his surprise when he realized they were in his car! He was in the audience and gave them a wave.
Yesterday was my sister’s birthday, so we had brunch in the morning followed by a trip up to the Franconia Sculpture Garden. I’ll be sharing that sometime soon, so stay tuned!