Posted 4 years ago
Last weekend, I celebrated the Earth Day scouting and picking through the piles of household items left on the roadside by the town residents for the annual spring cleanup. I look forward to this activity every April since the stuff you find discarded by people ranges from unbelievable to jaw-dropping.
This antique Larkin Co. curio cabinet, along with another vintage furniture set, was put out by our neighbor. I'm deeply thankful to the guy as he took care loading and unloading it, with the hardware included, etc, as if he hoped that someone would "adopt" it. And i absolutely did! Except the one leg that had to be attached, the cabinet just needed dusting and light cleaning. My dream for a cabinet for my dolls has finally come true. That's the happy part of my post. Now, the sad part is that every year doing this, i see how much stuff people discard- furniture old and new, toys, baby gear, strollers and cribs, electronics, household items- a lot of them barely used, with toys having the tags still attached. Why, people, why? There are charities, there are so many people in need of these things, but it all goes to a truck, gets crushed on a spot, and then on to a landfill. I used to take anything in good condition indiscriminately, and either sell it on CL or donate it, but i no longer have the time to do this. My husband picks up pressure-washers, mowers, dehumidifiers, bicycles, power-tools in fine working condition or which need just a minor tweaking. What happened to fixing things? Offering them to a handy neighbor? Yea, i've heard, the economy thing. Still I don't think i will ever understand.