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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Trash Treasures - Finding the Perfect Picnic Table

Screech! It’s big garbage day and I just found the perfect picnic table...

Ok not the perfect picnic table, there is a board missing off the top, and the bench on one side is gone too... but I can see that this will be a treasure.

One problem, I’m late getting off work and I can’t fit it in the trunk of my car. After awkward attempts of trying to make it fit and causing a traffic jam, I decided to stash it in my friend’s backyard who happens to live close by.

Finally on Sunday I set back out to claim my prize. I know it won’t fit in the car... but it is only 3 blocks away so I decided to take my Graco Snuggleride stroller frame and set out. I was peppered with puzzling stares as I proudly walked down the street with my babyless stroller.

Halfway there I am offered a truck by an inquisitive neighbor, I am grateful but decided to press on in my mission. I arrive, load the picnic table, things are going like magic... now I’ve just got to push it three blocks and go to Lowes to replace the boards.

I am applauded on my way back by the same neighbor who offered his truck, but he realizes that its broken and offers me a board. Not only does he end up giving me a board, but measures it, cuts it and replaces fixing both the table and bench seat.
I left to collect my trash treasure and came home with a perfect baby picnic table! My goal is to paint it a cute color... but my son and his friend seem to love it right now!

Have you ever found a trash treasure? Or was there ever a neighbor who helped you achieve a dream?


  1. Great job...I'm like you...I hate to pass up a bargain in the trash.

  2. Thank you! I am re-inspired :) I haven't found something this good in a long time!!!

  3. It is adorable! If you paint it with some high glass enamel it should be okay outside for a few summers.

  4. How fun! And what a kind neighbor you have! Thanks for sharing with the Tuesday Baby Link Up Community!

  5. That is funny! And you so cute! I hope the babies like their new table!

  6. Love that grin on your face as you proudly walk over to collect your newly found treasure. Sounds like you have a nice neighbor.
    The picnic table looks like the perfect size for the little guys.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes

  7. So cute! I'd love if you'd like up to The DIY'ers:

  8. what a great neighbour you have! And you seriously EARNED that picnic table, mama! It's so much better because it has a fun, cheeky story to it too

  9. I've pushed a babyless stroller plenty of times. My daughter went to a pre-school very close to the house and I would bring her in the stroller and walk back with it empty. I think the table looks great and will look even better painted.:) Nice find.

  10. Oh that's fab - we have used the stroller for all sorts of deliveries. Always comes in handy when we go to the garden centre. What a fab neighbour to have :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower - Alice x


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