Places to Find Treasure

Where do you find treasure? Beyond the usual yard sale fare, where can you find trash to turn into treasure? Passing through the little town of Emerald Grove, WI last week, I spotted this marvelous resource:

I know, it might not look like a treasure trove to some of my readers, but I see it as stuff waiting for inspiration. Here are some places to be on the lookout for your own treasure.

  • Antique shops
  • Yard and thrift sales
  • Second hand shops
  • Auctions
  • Basements of friends
  • By the curb (where it’s legal to pick up stuff)
  • In your grandma’s back storage shed
  • Liquidation sales
  • Flea Markets
  • From your local garbage man (involves getting to know him on a first name basis as your inside source for good stuff)
  • Craig’s List 
  • E-Bay
  • Freecycle (see Yahoo groups for your local freecycle group)

I know there are many more places, so feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. Trash to treasure decorating depends on keeping your eyes and ears open at all time for great finds. Spring cleaning season is upon us, and I know there will be all kinds of treasure unearthed from basements, garages, and storage barns all over the country. Imagine the possibilities!


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  1. I love curbside offerings! Just today I picked off the curb 5 marvelous chairs that we can use for a table where we do schoolwork. Another idea for treasure hunting is at the end of the school year, check out the school dumpsters. We picked up some excellent student desks a few years ago as well as some books that were being tossed.

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