Every year our city has a Clean-Up Week, where you can throw out almost anything you want and the city will pick it up for free.
Free is as cheap as you can get and if you drive around picking up this “trash” on the boulevard, you can get some amazing free stuff on Clean-Up Week! (All for the price of some gas.)
We use clean-up week to hunt for discarded items we can recycle, repurpose or re-use. It’s a great way of keeping items out of the landfill! I want to share some of my finds with you and I’ll show you a tally at the end of what these items would have cost me new!
We actually got a pair of these mid century metal lawn chairs. Reproductions are selling for about $50.00 each. $100.00
I am re-purposing this antique school desk as a planting table. Plus, I think I will be able to use it as a small cold frame. A simple planting table sells for about $100.00 and antique desks sell for around $50.00, so let’s say we saved $75.00.
A vintage door. I’ve seen people re-purpose these into benches. That would be a fun project! Vintage doors sell for about $50.00.
Piano guts! I have a few ideas for re-purposing this. My daughter and I are trying to start an upcycled and handmade Etsy store. I’m almost ready to list a few things, but my daughter is raising a puppy. ‘Nuff said. 😉 Our store is called Mooncrest Studios and we’ll hopefully have it up and running soon. I would say the salvageable materials here are worth $50.00
Terra Cotta flower pot liners. These come in handy for plants, bird feeders, etc. Saved about $8.00.
Plastic pots. These are invaluable for transplanting and moving plants, whether you are selling them or giving them away. I hoard these things and they have come in handy numerous times! I count these as freebies.
Screen windows! Invaluable for drying herbs and seed saving. I would value these at $10.00 each and I had 4. $40.00!
5 old windows! Future green house, here we come! Windows are expensive, but I’m going to stay on the cheap side and say $50.00 each, so $250.00!
I hope I peaked your interest in free stuff and that you didn’t mind the tour of my messy garage! Now for the grand total!! Drum roll…..
MONEY SAVED $573.00!!!!