Have you ever been shopping at the Dump? If you’re from Richmond, you may know the store The Dump. It’s a discount furniture store that’s only open on the weekends. They buy huge closeouts of furniture and then “pass the savings on to you.” One of these days I’ll go and report back all the bargains to be had. But not today.
You only wish I were talking about that Dump.
I mean, the actual dump – as in – the landfill.
I don’t know about your local landfill, but the one we go to in Glen Allen has a “Too Good to Waste” section. You know, the place you’re supposed to leave items that have more life left in them when you’re too lazy to make an extra trip to donate at the Goodwill.
Well, last week, my son and I were going out “antiquing,” and my husband asked me to drop some things off at the dump. (Remember he is on a campaign to “lighten the weight” of our house.) We could have gone either on the way to or from our destination. Well, something told me that there was a treasure waiting for me at the “Too Good to Waste” area and that I better go first. Well, that, and I figured I needed to empty the back of the van in case I found something and needed the space.
So off we headed to the county landfill. I paid my $3 and then drove around to the “Too Good to Waste” area. (Don’t you just love the name?! Whenever I come home with something from there, my husband always begs to differ.)
As we pulled up, I saw it….an adorable little vintage baker’s rack complete with chipping paint. It was sitting all by its lonesome, and amazingly, no one else was flocking to get it.
There was only one other woman in that area, but I keenly observed that she was ignoring it, not like me, who had started to pant. As soon as I stepped out of the car, she came by to see what was in my trunk. I was happy to give everything I had to her, and in return, she helped me load this little beauty into my van.
It is so shabby- not at all chic! There are about 4 coats of old (lead?!) paint on it, and it looks like the prior owner started to peel it off and then gave up. His lack of sticktoitiveness is my score!
Do you see the beads hanging in the front? Adorable! Can’t you just picture this sitting in an old kitchen with cookbooks on the shelves and a pie cooling on the top? Best of all…it was F.R.E.E!
So I’m looking forward to spending some time with a stripper. Wait. That came out wrong. But you know what I mean! I’ve never stripped paint before, so I’m sure that will be an adventure, and I’ll be back to report how the project went.
I had intended on putting this little cutie in my booth at Odd Balls Antiques or even leaving it on my porch, much to my husband’s horror. But alas, my friend saw her potential and has already claimed it as her own. So having saved it from the landfill, and soon to be painted yellow, it will most definitely be a worthwhile restyle!
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