Trash Pick of the Century

If you follow B & B’s Nest regularly, you know it is not beneath me to come home with a furniture item from the side of the road.  I believe that just about any piece of furniture can be transformed with a little creativity and some time, and I hate to see a good item go in the trash.  I’ll have none of that!

Ssssooooooo . . . a few weeks ago I was on my way to the grocery store, kids in tow.  I was going the usual route and when I rounded a corner and headed down the street, I swear I saw a piece of furniture, something brown, something large on my left.  Is it?  No, it can’t be.  It is!  That can’t be sitting on the curb waiting for someone to take it home.  It is!  What?  OMG.  I’m all alone.  The stroller is in the back of the car.  There’s no room for it.  It probably wouldn’t fit anyways.  How on earth am I going to lift it all by myself?  Call the hubby.  When are you going to be home?  Ugh, it might be gone by then.  Maybe I can sit here beside it in the car, waiting?  No, that’s just crazy.  I quickly called our neighbors, who are nice enough to let me use their pick up truck whenever I need it.  I told them I needed it that afternoon if I could have it.  They said no problem and left the keys in our mailbox.  Sweet.  Hopefully I can get the piece of furniture later that afternoon.  But what if it’s not there?

Then, I took a deep breath and thought to myself “I’m going to the grocery store.  If it’s still there on my way home, I’ll worry about it then.”  Well, it was.  And the hubby was not far behind me.  He met me at home.  I hopped in the pick up and he followed me in our car.  There certainly wasn’t any way I was going to be able to get it in the truck by myself.  Luckily, once again, it was still there when we rounded the corner.  What you don’t know is that the corner it was on is a very busy intersection and it was rush hour, so I was shocked that it was still there!

And here is what caused all of the commotion that day:

Ta da!

Worth the hassle?  You betcha.  This gorgeous antique buffet in excellent condition is 5 1/2 feet wide by 3 feet tall.  It’s a beast and it’s beautiful and it was FREE!  We brought it home and the hubby exclaimed “even I know this is a great piece of furniture”.
Unfortunately it meant that my beautiful primitive buffet from Ann had to find a new home:
I really hated to part with it.  I loved it!  My husband thought I might cry.  I was taking these photos as the lady was getting ready to load it in to her car.  It was such a great piece of furniture, but honestly, with no doors on the bottom, we couldn’t put anything down there with our little ones running around, so all we had to utilize were the drawers.  I would have kept it that way for a long time, but in the end, I’m glad we found a piece with more storage.

I’m hearing “Taps” being played on the trumpet in the background . . .

But I may make our new-to-us, larger, FREE buffet look somewhat similar to it.  The jury is still out, but at this point, I plan on painting the new buffet in a creamy white.  We shall see . . .
Have you had any amazing finds like this lately?  Tell me about them!

Linking to:

Southern Hospitality Thrifty Treasures
The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk Interiors – Best of 2011 Junk



  1. Laura,
    I love your story and your find! I would have been doing somersaults! I was laughing as yu recounted the story as you didn’t have room and what if it was gone, etc…been there and done that! WOW! THat is an amazing piece. You are so lucky to have found that. I’ll bet you’ll be back to perusing the streets in no time. I had found some awesome Freecycle finds as well this week and you may want to see them as well – come and see at this link:

    I also found some antique goodies! THanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  2. was that the shape it was in when you picked it up? Who would throw that away? What a great find

  3. WOW……I said WOW…I can’t believe you found that! Your not gonna believe this, BUT….I wandered to the DAV today, thinking I might find a few goodies….. Would you believe that they had that same EXACT buffet and it was marked $249.00!!! I even found somebody to double check. (I was busy praying maybe it was suppose to be $24.99) Nope….she said it was old, so that was the price….(cue Depressing Music) so much for thrift stores around here… They all price like that… its SO frustrating

  4. That is a great one – I have to admit pulling over to search what I call “road kill” is one of my favorite things. It’s a sure way to get the heart pumping!

  5. I was almost breathless reading your story…and then I reminded myself that the picture was at the top so you did get it! :-) Great find ~ it’s a beautiful piece. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.


  6. what a gorgeous find! Absolutely awesome.


  7. You’ve gotta be kidding me….seriously sitting on the curb? Really? Really? Your post today is really good today I was visualizing the entire thing in my head and my heart is pounding’s like a Lifetime movie lol! Sometimes you have to risk life and limb….we do this because of the landfills right!? Enjoy

  8. The piece you gave up was great, but the buffet is awesome! A great swap!

  9. Wow, what a great piece. I’m glad you got it since it wasn’t in my area!

  10. Why are you painting it?

  11. Holy Cow! That’s gorgeous. Glad you were able to give it a good home!

  12. hussy, the same is true in my neck of the woods. The price inflation at the thrift stores is RIDICULOUS. Seriously, on some things you could buy new as inexpensively.

    I cannot believe someone would put that out on the curb. And while I like painted furniture as much as anyone, it would give me pause to paint this wonderful piece.

  13. Wow, it was your lucky day! It’s a classic. The wood is a beautiful color and looks great with your floors. Why would you paint that gorgeous wood? [Why would you want it to look like that item you are getting rid of?] You may need to do some touch ups. I use a magic marker like item called Scratch Fix at Sherwin Williams in light brown for scratches. Maybe you can try your skills at refinishing the top. I hope you will think it over! It’s timeless as is.

  14. Can’t really tell from the picture, but please dont paint it if it really looks that good in person. :)

  15. Don’t paint it!!!! You can restore wood with danish oil or teak oil. The grain is too beautiful to paint!!!

  16. I am also in the camp of do not paint that gorgeous wood. Soooo beautiful!

  17. We just bought a buffet almost exactly like yours at an antique store – for a lot more money than free! I have to agree about the paint. The grain and wood are just gorgeous and you can restore it without too much trouble. I love it the way it its!

  18. I can’t believe someone just put this out to be thrown away! I hope to find something this beautiful someday for free too! Are we taking a poll for whether you’re going to paint it? I’m not too fond of the color but the wood grain is gorgeous. Tough call ;) Can’t wait to see what you choose to do!

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