Friday

Just Another Reason I Love Texas


Down here in Texas ya'll, when we have something we don't need or want anymore (air filters), we don't trash it.

We put a sign on it and try to find it a new home.  

Or at least that's what my neighbor does.

So, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we just drive around town and go shopping!


46 comments:

Amber @ BGH said...

LOL! My best friend shops that way quite frequently - In fact, she just found me a "new" four slice toaster! :P

cajungal01 said...

tis true, tis true!
:0)

Muthering Heights said...

Curb shopping is the best! I've found quite a few items for my art that way! :)

Rachel said...

I have gotten great stuff that way, and gotten rid of stuff that way! It's a fabulous thing ;-)

Mrs. Bubba said...

In my old neighborhood, you'd be lucky if anything lasted more than 2 minutes outside. Not where we live now, there's been a computer cart out on the curb for almost a week. What's wrong with people??? LOL

The Apron Queen said...

What size is that? Could ya snatch it up for me! :)

Natalie said...

when i was i college a homeless guy we befriended always brought us stuff he found in peoples' garbage. an old curling iron that "looked brand new", tennis shoes, a box of random coffee mugs. it was quite funny. if we wanted to throw anything like that away we had to cart it off in our car to deposit it far from the dumpsters he worked or else we would get it back!

CanCan said...

I was a member of the Freecycle Yahoo group, and once I posted about a queen sized mattress being tossed at the house across the street from me and would you believe NO ONE CLAIMED IT! *tsk*! This was in a SUBDIVISION, YA'LL!

Tara @ Feels like home said...

People do that in Pennsylvania, too. :)

April said...

Turn Trash to Treasures !! It is kinda a spiritual truth too.

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

that's awesome. Reminds me a little of NC.

Edi said...

This morning when I was out riding my bike I noticed two things by the roadside - some broken (and now wet I'm sure) drywall pieces with "free" spray painted on it - and an umbrella stroller with a $5 sign painted on a scrap piece of wood.

My preference is for the free stuff by the curb...last yr my dh got a large wooden table that he transformed into a large desk for himself...and I got one of those 3 drawer plastic toy bins :)

Tanya said...

Some people in Jersey do this too. I have a friend who knows the bulk pickup schedule for every area and town in our county. She and her mom drive through each on their assigned days looking for "treasures." :)

The Source said...

Ah...I thought leaving junk by the curb for the neighbors was only done in my sister's neighborhood. They leave EVERYTHING out, old recliners, tv sets, whatever, and by that evening the stuff is gone. :)

"Lord willin' and the creek don't rise", my father-in-law says that about 702 times a day.

LifeatTheCircus said...

One question... are those filters new or used??

nottryingforaboy said...

I think I"m going to try that with some random pieces of concrete I have. A couple patio stones, a downspout. I tried freecycle, but no one wanted it.

Kendrawolf said...

AZ is that way too. Once a month we put stuff out for curb pick up and people go around the neighborhood and 'recycle'.

Suzie said...

Thats really really nice. People here in NYC just throw it out and wiat for people to trash pick it from the dumpster

Amy said...

That would be gone in 2 seconds in this town! I think it's great that people give it away instead of trash it.

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Only in Texas, only in Texas! It's why I love living here. Never gets dull or predictable! Take care, Julie

P.S. He loves you... said...

Hey this is blog worthy...how funny!

CarolinaMama said...

Too funny. So Texas is like the Deep South. ;) I mean this is looking Uptown. :)

Lisa J said...

That is so neat. I am glad to see that people are willing to let others have it, or whatever and expect nothing in return. We are so wasteful in this day and age. Glad to see the spirit of sharing is still alive. It sounds as if it is still alive all around according to your other comments! Hurray for us!

Mom2my9 said...

I'm totally with you on that one, Kristen! Once, when we moved, he had a WHOLE BUNCH of junk we had to get rid of. I convinced my husband that we should just leave it out on the sidewalk by the street overnight and it would be gone in the morning... and I'm talking about a HUGE pile of junk. Sure enough, the next morning, it was completely gone, even the random sheets of notebook paper and half-burned candles.

Jennie said...

I think that's a pretty universal behavior. Lord knows, my neighbors do it enough.

jOni lAnE said...

Man, I wish I lived in a cool neighborhood like that. Geez.

Heather said...

We get rid of unwanted stuff that way all the time. We jokingly call it "Free-Bay."

Colleen said...

That's so funny - but that do that up nort' here, too.

LUHVE that new pic in your footer of the baby girl. That look on her face and the scrape on her knee are too priceless!

Bina said...

That is pretty funny, but yet sorta neighborly as well. I mean, they could have put them in the paper and tried to sell them for $5!

Pregnantly Plump said...

We do that here in Virginia as well. And craigslist has certainly helped certain "shoppers" like myself.

Poopsie said...

In my area we call that Freecycle!
Well, sort off. :)

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

HAHAHAHAHHA! We are SO into that. It's embarassing (well, really only to our 11 year old, but then that IS our job, to embarass him, right?).

Maria said...

Once we put out a TV, a bookcase, and an entertainment center. My husband said no one would take the stuff. I said it would be gone by lunch time. Guess who was right?

Misty said...

Just another reason to love the South! I tell my daughter not to leave her toys too close to the curb or they're fair game!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

For just a moment (okay maybe two, I am blonde) I thought that the TREE was free! I wondered how to transport it?!

Meritt said...

Works in California, Iowa and Minnesota too! - No sign required. Just stick it next to the curb.

D... said...

LOL! Ayup, that just 'bout sums it up!

Summer said...

We do that here in Oklahoma too. LOL

Heather said...

That is so funny! How long did it sit out there before someone snatchd it up?

Domestic Accident said...

You're greener than you think ;)

It All Started With a Kiss said...

Last week when a guy stopped by to pick thru the stuff we had left out at the curb (we had cleaned the garage) the little neighbor girl explained that it was because he was poor. I had to set her straight! LOL!

Stuff goes quickly 'round here. My dd left her bike too close to the curb and it was taken. :(

Karen said...

I remember pulling out of my house to take my youngest to one of her well checks, and calling my hubby to have him come rescue a computer chair from our neighbor's trash before the trash man came to get it. It's a very nice chair. It doesn't smell or anything.

thediaperdiaries said...

Classy!!

I am Joy. said...

This is how we got 2 dressers, a recliner, a mirror shelves, and, yes, a stove! Curb-side shopping works for me!

Sarah said...

I was driving home one day and saw some junk n the side of the road. There was a picture that looked new and was totally my MIL's style.

I took it home and never told my husband where it came from. He assumed I bought it for his mom's birthday. (which I hadn't shopped for yet but since he did mention giving it to her for her B day it HAD to look pretty good! LOL)

Anyway...I told him a few days after we had given her the gift where I had gotten it. He got quite a good laugh.