Wild Card, Limit $2

Where does a lady put her champagne flute when she needs to take a stiletto break? And what is she to do with her Paris-imported baguettes when they go stale? This week’s challenge is all about practicality.

Item 1: Vintage Burl Wood End Table

  • Denise’s Price: $2
  • Retail Price: $700 – $1,500
  • Source:  Jane’s Garage Sale



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Denise’s Story:

This table is definitely one of a kind – just like Jane!  Jane is one of the friendliest and funniest people I’ve ever met and she volunteers at both SHARE and Crossroads Hospice Thrift Stores.  It’s always a highlight to see Jane at the thrift stores despite her critiques of my purchases.  We had some awkward moments when Jane appeared to be following me and popping up wherever I went but that hasn’t happened for several weeks. So Jane, her hubby Ray and her sister, Linda were having a garage sale.

Of course I had to go Saturday AND Sunday.  There was a larger burl table in the house that Jane refused to sell to me (even though Ray told her to).  When I went outside, I found this table for only $2!  I love it!   A really unique feature is the inset with rocks and fiberglass.  It will need just a tiny bit of restoring to bring it back to its original condition. I can’t decide if I should do a shiny or matte finish or natural wood.  What do you think?

Item 2: Orbis 1.85-Gallon Compost Kitchen Collector

  • Jackie’s Price: $1
  • Retail Price: $10
  • Source: Klahanie Community Garage Sale


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Jackie’s Story:

As a great woman once said, “Do you want ants? Because that is how you get ants.”

Well, we got ants. So many I sometimes fear they will carry my baby away–something that might sound magical in a Gabriel García Márquez novel but is actually quite a terrifying prospect in real life.

Needless to say, the fact that the lid on our compost bin had broken off, leaving our uneaten food scraps open to our ant guests like a slightly rotten all-you-can-eat buffet (not that they aren’t all rotten) was not helping things.

Naturally, I was very pleased to come across this Orbis compost bin at my community garage sale.  Made in Canada, it’s durable, roomy, and totally ant-proof.

It may not be as pretty as a vintage burl coffee table, but nothing looks all that pretty when its covered in ants.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott says:

    I’m not voting on this one.The burl screams old growth forest and I returned the same compost container to the city, after they’d included them for free with the new green bins.

    Ladies, please try harder next time. I demand only perfection.


    1. Denise says:

      Hi Scott, our longtime reader! Perhaps your demand for perfection should begin with yourself? Just a thought. The great thing about thrifting is that we are reusing, recycling and reducing waste. We look forward to your criticisms next week!


  2. Catherina says:

    LOL, I can see why Scott isn’t allowed to comment. Too funny. I remember those burl tables when I was young… I didn’t like them then and I don’t like them now. Plus, you have to fix it which looks complicated. As for the plastic compost container, Jackie was ripped off, because they were free. Based on Scott’s information, and my opinion on burl tables, I too refuse to vote this round.
    On a positive note, I did as usual enjoy both stories.


    1. Who knew burl tables and compost containers would be so contentious and stir up so many emotions for our dear readers! I should have explained more but the burl table will take about 30 minutes, just needs a sanding and application of either shellac or oil. As for the compost container, I’m glad Jackie is doing her part to be “green”. Thanks for commenting, Catherina!


  3. Rhona says:

    Hi Denise. Missed seeing you at the store tonight. I CAN’T BELIEVE you got that awesome table for only $2. Whoa 🙂


    1. Denise says:

      Hi Rhona! Thanks for subscribing! You know I only miss SHARE’d Treasures Thrift Store (the one with my fave people!) when I’m on my death bed. Migraine 😦 See you soon!


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