In the area where I live in Canada, many of the local dumps have what we REuse Centre near Lanark Ontarioaffectionally like to call “Dump Stores”.  These Dump Stores are buildings at the local dumps where people can leave items that are not ready for trash, but no longer wanted or needed, and others can take them. For FREE!  It is an amazing program that has been going on for some years now and has kept unimaginable pounds of goods out of the trash.

It is one of my favourite places to visit.  I know that sounds C-R-A-Z-Y but it’s true!  You never know what you will find at the dump.  Every time you go it’s like a little adventure!

In the past I have found amazing vintage pieces, small items for staging, broken vintage dresser finished with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint and General Finishes gel stainpieces I can upcycle and furniture that has needed some TLC.  I have hauled home everything from Christmas bulbs, to vintage kitchen ware to dressers.

In an effort to keep as much as possible from the global trash stream, it is my hope that my finds, upcycles and recreations will spark your creativity and inspire you to save something from the trash as well!