But not now! The dumpster gods have smiled up on us! V went downtown yesterday on some errands (to the bookstore to get the latest APA style book since he has to take a test for an editorial position he has applied for) and on his way home he saw a lovely little wooden rack poking out of the top of a dumpster, It had a crack in one of the dowel rods but with a little wood glue and duct tape it is perfect for our needs. It's only about 8 inches wide and two and a half feet tall, so it fits almost perfectly into it's space. I tried to put in a picture but Blogger is having 'issues' this morning.
Crunchy Chicken has a post today about dumpster diving. It is something that V has done for years (I'm a mere amateur compared to him). We have so many wonderful things that others, generally students, have thrown out. We have 200+ music CDs that have come from dumpsters, a trumpet, a tux, our oak TV stand, and come to think about it, the oak bookshelf headboard on our bed (queen sized). He has scavenged computers, plants, cleaning supplies, clothing (I have a lovely green silk shirt that he found - still in it's dry cleaning bag with tags attached). It's amazing that some people throw out. But it's all good- well, sometimes it is garbage. You can really tell how the economy is doing based on how good (or slim) the pickings are every year. In a college town it is cyclical. The big times are May (graduation) and July when most of the leases expire. If you're not too proud to pick something from the garbage you can find some great stuff- for free.