Picking a winner by the roadside
It’s council clean-up time again and already there’s a treasure trove of unwanted goods collecting on the nature strip in my area.
I know some find this biannual event an eyesore but I honestly find it so much fun — and a little voyeuristic to see what the neighbours have been accumulating behind closed doors.
A quick walk up a single street last week revealed enough furniture to kit out a living room, including a pair of red velvet sofas, a recliner, a retro sideboard, a mirror and a few dining chairs, all in reasonably good condition.
It’s the sort of furniture that I would have been happy to own in my student days but would more than likely be rejected by the charities.
Instead, it ends up on the footpath a week before the official collection date to be viewed by dozens of passers-by.
My theory is the timing is deliberate to give others the chance too take what they want. While I’ve now banned anned myself from dragging anythinging else from the neighbours’ nature e strips home, I’ve certainly enjoyed a little roadside rummage in the past, taking g possession of everything fromom outdoor chairs to lounges and shelving. ng.
But the family tradition continues. ontinues. The last time my university--aged daughter visited, she happilyy stuffed a wooden chair she found on the street into the back of her car. Shee needed a new chair for the desk in herr share house and it fit the bill.
Indeed, there’s a certain delight in putting something out to findnd someone else has seen value in it beforeore the council garbage truck rolls in. n.
I expect those sofas and the he sideboard won’t last long, althoughlthough the recliner might be past its prime.ime. Still, best to take a different routee for the next couple of weeks, just inn case.
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