Another Free Find!

Linda Bittle
Linda Bittle Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭✭✭

Today I found 7 of these nice stoneware dinner plates sitting beside the apartment dumpster! Perfect to put underneath the pots that I will plant herbs in a little later.

When I took them around to my patio, I discovered that the yellow mum I bought in the fall is coming back, so I plopped it on a plate and watered it. I have to tie the pot to the shelf because the wind blows so fiercely that things blow away!



  • Silkiemamuska
    Silkiemamuska Posts: 99 ✭✭✭

    Congratulations @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri!

    It is commonly shocking to me what people living in apartments throw away that are still very useful and could be sold/donated/repurposed.

    Just too convenient to toss it in or by the dumpster than to consider other options.

    Glad you saved those and used them with plants, they are the "perfect" color to act as water trays.😁

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri Great find. I love saving useful items for a dump

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    Very cool upcycling! Looks nice :)

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,810 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri Great thinking. I do the same thing with dishes that I can no longer use in my kitchen. The plates are much sturdier than those expensive, thin plastic planter trays you can buy.

  • lewis.mary.e
    lewis.mary.e Posts: 225 ✭✭✭

    I don't know about anybody else, but I really miss shopping at thrift stores. I used to go to Goodwill at least once a month. I haven't been anywhere unnecessary in almost a year.

  • kfoto
    kfoto Posts: 108 ✭✭✭

    @lewis.mary.e i agree, I miss my thrift shops fInds. @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri add some rocks your plate for some color. Plates, bowls or dog bowls are great to add rocks or marbles to with some water for the bees.

  • stephanie447
    stephanie447 Posts: 404 ✭✭✭

    100% agree. It always struck me as quite hypocritical too since I've lived in supposedly enlightened areas where people were all into the environment but then they would toss so much useful stuff in the dumpster. I have rescued quite a few items over the years, including a working electronic keyboard!

  • soeasytocraft
    soeasytocraft Posts: 237 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2021

    Great you rescued those useful plates. Right place at the right time.

    It makes me sad to think of all the good stuff that has gone to the dump because many thrift stores are not open or are not taking donations. I have a growing pile of very useful items waiting to be donated.

    Our dump used to have a Take it and Leave it area that is closed now. Was fun looking for treasures. Garage sales rare too! Missing this entertainment so much.

  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    Congrats on the find and the rescue!! It is always heartwarming to me to "rehome" thrown out useful items like your plates. I wish more people felt that way. Sad that society has become so "consumable" and disposable.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My dad worked in a junk yard for a bit. When vehicles would come in some people used them as a trash can. My dad would go through them. He got working chain saw, tools, some furniture, etc..

    One day he called me and said you better come up and look in this one van that just came in. It was filled with sheets and clothing. Most of the sheets were perfect and others were good for covering crops. The clothing was my size, clean and perfect. I went home with a full car load of decent clothing and sheets. There may have been a few blankets in the mix too.

    I really dislike seeing so much waste

  • Momma Mo
    Momma Mo Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    As they say, "One man's junk is another man's treasure. We certainly live in a "throw away" society! When the end of the school year rolled around, I was always amazed at what the students threw away. I rescued items frequently, to use in my classroom and to give to help other students.

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    Apparently when the students move, they can't afford to take things with them, so they just leave them. It's sad for them, especially since they will need to buy again when they get wherever they are going.

    But a lot of people toss things just because they bought them unnecessarily. It's the dark side of retail therapy.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When I went to college many of my friends threw away perfectly good things. It was more expensive to ship home than to buy again. I would go look to see what I needed on "moving out" day.

    I had a bed that I could not take home one year, no one to pick me up, so I asked around to see if someone needed one and they did so that problem was solved.

    We also used to go around the Richie section on their trash day to see what they set out. One time they put out a huge TV. our original plan was to use it for a studio prop but we turned it on and it ran perfectly. Since we had no TV we were thrilled! We also furnished our one apartment on trash day

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We are being trained to be a "consumer" society. Buy the new, improved whatzit. Even if the older whatzit still worked just fine.

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 900 ✭✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle, West Plains, Missouri you are so lucky to have found plate treasures. I also admire the ribbon tied around the plant through the plant-stand to hold it secure due to winds. Happy plants with happy earthlovers

  • Melissa Swartz
    Melissa Swartz Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    My youngest daughter's college had a place where students could take the stuff they didn't want to move. Anyone could retrieve items from it at no cost. She found some great, free items there. I don't know why other schools don't do that. It would help everyone.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A house I drive by every time I go to my dad's house had outdoor chairs with a sign "FREE" so I took them and I use them as plant stands in the garden. I love repurposing things!

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lisa K I just recently saw where they made a bench from a wood log and put chair backs on tehr back. Definitely a cool look

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 980 ✭✭✭✭

    Awesome you saved something from ending up in the landfill!

  • frogvalley
    frogvalley Posts: 675 ✭✭✭✭

    It's illegal here to take anything from the landfill, however one day just before the girls in the truck next to us threw out their plant stand, I told them that I loved it and they offered it to me. They had rescued it from someone a few years ago, too. We put it outside the gate as a platform for deliveries.

    Every time we go to the landfill now, I try to look at the vehicles contents to see if there is anything we could repurpose.