Jayne and I went dumpster diving....only there was no skip...just a MASSIVE pile of stuff. Bin bags, boxes, loose stuff thrown all around and rained upon! A thrifty crafter's utopia! We knocked on the door and looked for someone to gain permission from, but there was no one. It was all left for the council to remove.
It was sad. The house owner has either passed away or possibly been taken into care. A lot of their life was just chucked out into the rain and snow awaiting the council to come along and take it to rot in a landfill. Enter Jayne & me. We salvaged what we could! We filled bags full of fabric and paper and silver and tins that had been left being seen as junk. To us it was a mountain of treasure!
Picture the scene...the sun was almost set. There was very little light. The two of us pulling layers down. Boxes were falling apart. I was up on the mountain pulling things from the top. At one point I lost my shoe in the pile. We'd fill a bag and drop it into the back of the car then crawl out for another!
We left filthy and satisfied.
The next phase of the operation was us going through our booty. Sheets went down and the contents of the bags came out. We were very brave and re-bagged anything we would not use or be able to recycle.
My favorite finds were a huge vintage wooden spoon, a 1977 Silver Jubilee Quality Street Tin, and aaallll of the recipe books! Oh the recipe books. Some recipes have hand written notes added. Some of the books consisted of recipes cut out of magazines and newspaper from many years past!
I am so happy with my finds. I've been washing the fabrics, wiping the tins and drying the paper ephemera....there are sooo many more photos coming! Just a little more work to do to get stuff ready! Yay!