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where do you get your recycling finds?

In the spring I take a look outdoors and see what all the winter weather has damaged and what I need to replace. If at all possible I get recycled items to keep costs down.

I have two coops roofs damaged and one shed that the roof needs replaced.

I decided I need to fence the perimeters of the property, 17 acres. Ouch.

There is more I need to scrounge but I also want to gather a few items to make something fun.

Where do you find you items?


  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,680 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 25

    I have a fencing company here in town. They throw away their chain link fencing. As long as I pay junk fee, which is dirt cheap right now I can pick up any fencing I want. One recycling find marked as found

  • Lisa KLisa K Posts: 557 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have been using old patio tables and chairs that I got for free as plant stands.

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 760 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 25

    I would say for the coops/shed to look for people that are tearing down metal roofed buildings. Maybe one that is half fallen down. They may let you salvage the roofing off it. Or people getting rid of the old metal shed.

    I also have no problem with roadside shopping. If it's out for garbage pickup, I'll take a good look at it.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,680 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 26

    @RustBeltCowgirl I love roadside shopping!

    My one smaller mini shed I plan to use free doors for the roof. I have some stored and a free roll of tar paper to cover the doors.

    And yes, I am eying any old sheds in disrepair for metal.

    @Lisa K I got a drop leaf table at an auction for $1. As hard as I tried I could not fix its issues so I used the top for a small mini coop and the bottom legs were really nice so they turned into lamps. There were three sets of legs for the table for when it extended so I used the last table legs, turned upside down and the one board to make the table longer to make a shelf to hang on the wall

  • I don't do so myself, but a friend has picked up a bunch of free or inexpensive stuff from Craig's List.

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 298 ✭✭✭

    "Roadside shopping." Haha! I haven't heard it called that before...I'll have to use that. :-)

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,680 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 9

    On my way back form the pharmacy I found a few treasures along the road. I will tale photos later. One big glass jar/jug, what must be a gravel or soil sifter?, and a drainer of sorts. The drainer I can use in a greenhouse. I have several ideas for the glass jug and I can use the soil sifter but it could double as a drier and I plan to use it on the wall for decor when not in use.

    My mind wants to create today so here are a few links


  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 466 ✭✭✭✭

    If you lived close by, @Denise Grant, you could probably have my son's tin roof when he redoes it this spring.

    The Tightwad Gazette talks about 'putting the word out'--that's the best way to get things, besides, of course, road-side shopping. Love that term, @RustBeltCowgirl

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Annie Kate Oh, I would love that tin roof. All the possibilities

  • Annie KateAnnie Kate Eastern Ontario, CanadaPosts: 466 ✭✭✭✭

    @Denise Grant Maybe putting the word out will help you find someone who's redoing a roof in your area. Kijiji might also help....

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