I drive Ted crazy with my obsessive dumpster diving, I admit that. But sometime I find really cool treasures. I've picked up antique mirrors, oak wood kitchen chairs, cast iron candlestick holders, and vintage bar glasses.
I've picked up some clunkers, too, including several dressers I meant to refinish, changed my mind about (i.e., never really got around to it), and quietly snuck back out to the alley with a "curb alert" notice on Craig's List. But at least they don't end up in a landfill.
A few months back, I saw a listing for old windows that someone removed during a remodeling project. I was in the middle of a stained glass art class, and with visions of all that wonderful, wavy old Chicago glass, I drove across the city and in the pouring rain loaded up the car with a dozen very large windows. Okay, I know it's more glass than I'll ever need for stained glass projects, but I couldn't bear them going into a landfill, either. Since then, I've been trying to figure out what to do with them.
While surfing CL today, I spotted a "free" listing for some more (don't worry, Ted, I have no plans of getting them). Accompanying the ad was this picture of how the seller has reused similar ones. He simply added a shelf for some geraniums and hung it on an exterior wall. I think I could do a similar effect for our garage, which has no side windows.