Roadside Rescue ~ Curbside Cleanup ~ Junking

No matter what you call it…it is so much fun!!  I am talking about going around and collecting other peoples junk!  In one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs, every spring they have a day where the citizens of that city can put their trash out at the curb and the city will come pick it up.  I’m not talking about regular, household trash like food waste but all of the other stuff they want to get rid of like this vintage velvet painting.  The city comes to pick it up on Saturday morning.  The residents can put items out up to 2 days before pick up.  The city is divided into sections so the entire cleanup is spread over 5 weekends.
And people like me get to rescue the trash first!!  Well, not really people like me (after looking at my pictures you will see why I say that) but anyone who wants to.  I snapped this picture of Zack and Vanessa right before I asked Zack to put the crutches down and get out of that person’s yard.  They were both having a blast!!

Some people are looking for items they can use right away like patio furniture.
And others are looking for scrap metal of any sort.
Traffic laws and safety rules go out the window as people gather as much good stuff as they can before someone else gets it!
 My biggest reason for going is not for the junk but for the entertainment of the people we see and the things they do!!  The kid on the right actually stopped dead in his tracks to watch as 2 women tried to turn around in the street with a trailer attached to their car.
We also get a laugh about the stuff that is out on the curbs.
So, what did we come home with?  I got an old bench that I plan to fix up and paint.  The kids got 7 squirt guns and 2 basketballs.  My husband got a mag for an old school BMX bike.  By no means did we score some big find but we sure had fun and laughed a lot.  The clean up continues for 2 more weekends so hopefully we can go at least one more time and who know what we will find!!
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  1. I am always jealous of people who find such awesome stuff. The only thing I ever see out at the trash is just that….wrappers, rotten food, etc. Maybe someday I will come across something great…I am still waiting.

    I found your blog through the blogger comment club, thanks for letting me visit.

  2. HA! That is so funny. I looooove trolling for stuff like this. That bench is awesome – are you going to paint it or just strip it and refinish?

  3. lovely! we had a garage sale and it doesn’t appear we made a dent in our overindulgence.

  4. Saw your link on BCC.Mine is No.13 on the list. Love your adventures. Sounds a lot of fun.

  5. I think it’s fun!! Found you thru the May Day Fest! Looking forward to following your adventures!

    Kristine from TheFoleyFam – Unedited

  6. Oh my gosh the mattress is comical! I want a road rescue day in my hood! Looks like a blast.

  7. Awesome! I wish out city did this.. I’d be all about it! Lol!
    http://Www.therookieseamstress.com

  8. That is hilarious! What a fun tradition – I would totally be out dumpster diving too. Surely you know someone who needs a pink toilet?! :)

  9. I am in love with your blog! It is so cute and I love all of your ideas and pictures, its all so pretty!

    Taylor
    http://www.thedailytay.com

  10. Oh, I am in love with that red chaise lounge things behind the framed artwork…

    Aloha,
    Following ya from the May 1st hop. I’d love it if you came to “join the ride” at localsugarhawaii.com and we could cruise the neighborhood scoping out other people’s junk. =)
    xoxo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

  11. wow what an awesome idea! fun fun!

  12. I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for stuff on the side of the road and good yard sales! Now that we have tons of extra room in our house, I’m excited to do some projects with furniture that I will hopefully find!

  13. We have ‘clean-up week’ too. Last year I got the most beautiful, vintage (ok, beautiful to me) wine jugs (the huge ones!).

    So much fun and for once a free hobby.

  14. Oh my goodness! I’ve never seen anything like that! Looks like you scored some good stuff. ;)

  15. Oh my word! That looks like SO much fun! We live in an itsy bitsy town with NOTHING like that! Man, maybe I need to find a town not too far away that does this and plan a little get away that just so happens to be during that time!

  16. Found you through the Blog Hop linkup! Looking forward to following along!

    xox,
    Dana @ five30three.com

  17. That is so hilarious!!! Sounds like you had a good time and that table is going to be SO fun to refinish!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  18. I’ve rescued from the garbage before, but it was my parent’s garbage. Good finds, btw…

  19. Wow! Some people went crazy for stuff. We have a cleanup day in our town, but we have to take our stuff to one collection place. What your town does sounds like more fun!

  20. what a good idea, I bet bet it costs the city a ton though.

  21. That is so awesome! I would love to come across something like this!

  22. Sounds too fun! I would love doing this! Love, Rebecca

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