I like to tease my father and my husband about their willingness to pick things up off the trash heap and bring them home to me. But when I started to write this post and started to really think about all the great things they’ve gotten, I realize that they’ve found some real gems.

Before we were even married, my husband showed up with a dog crate he found on the side of the road. We didn’t have a dog or have any real plans to get a dog. Even though we don’t have a basement and have only a small one car garage, we held onto the dog crate and ended up using it for this cutie.

Next my husband brought home some soccer nets. I don’t even think we had any kids yet when he grabbed these. He’s recently restrung the nets after storing them for four years and we’ve been running around the backyard screaming GGOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL. Too bad we can’t cheer for the U.S.A. anymore.

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I hesitated to buy a double jogging stroller because let’s get serious – I’m not doing much jogging and that sucker is too darn big to take to the mall. And I’m cheap. My cheapness paid off and my dad came home with this double jogging stroller that he found on the side of the road!


Make no mistake - these registration numbers are for a kids' parade, not a foot race.

Make no mistake – these registration numbers are for a kids’ parade, not a foot race.

A few weekends ago, my husband took the little one for a walk, came home and then promptly disappeared. Ten minutes later he shows up with this baby sticking out of the back of my SUV. With a little cleanup and spider relocation, it’s as good as new.



I have been having trouble finishing things since going back to working 40 hours a week, so this blog post has been a few weeks in the making. Since starting this blog post, I’ve heard lots of fun stories from friends about awesome things they’ve picked up on the curb. I also really like a couple of Facebook groups I’m in where members buy, sell and trade kids’ things. It’s great to see things go on to live a second (or third) life with a new family of kids. What treasures have you found? How do you pass along big ticket items like these that your kids are no longer using?



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