Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Finders Keepers.




I openly admit to being a beachcomber, rubbish tip scavenger, and all round objet-trouvé opportunist.

About 35 years ago I found the above in a nearby municipal dustbin; I had just deposited my filled black plastic rubbish bag, when this small child's watering-can looked up at me and said 'take me home'.

To me it's a beautiful object, and I can't understand the mentality of anyone throwing it out. Surely it must have had memories for someone.

My youngest son had hours of fun with it, along with his fork and trowel set (the red things), and I still look at it daily because it lives about 3ft from where I'm sitting.

Of course, nowadays, it's my grandchildren who use it. They fill it with water, put it into their junior sized wheelbarrow, and help Grumpy with his watering at Haddock's.

Thank goodness I found it (or it found me), and it was not sent to the crusher. Life would not have been the same without it. 
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17 comments:

  1. It is delightful and would be ideal to use in my new water barrel which collects the run-off from my roof. - looks just the right size - I just love items collected from other people's rubbish.

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  2. One persons rubbish is anothers treasure - what a great find.

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    1. It fascinates me how a fairly ordinary object can become part of the fabric of our lives for many years.
      I love the comfort that these familiar things give us.

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  4. Love the colour.... Very 50s

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  5. She's a beauty. I'll look for you on Antiques Roadshow.

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  6. Good for you Cro. It is a very sweet object....made sweeter by its memories.

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  7. Just the colour of it alone is enough to make one happy.

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  8. That's actually an original Philippe Starck before he went on to lemon squeezers...

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  9. What a great find! As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. That's why we enjoy flea markets, yard sales, and antique shops so much.

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  10. I used to go around a nice neighborhood the eve before garbage pick-up and found some nice finds. I love your watering can, and I am sure I would have picked it too!! A very lovely story.

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  11. I like that watering can too - lots of happy hours for Ollie and Harvey J

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  12. I love it. I'd use it for a vase and fill it with colorful flowers.

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  13. I love the can, and what a fun colour!

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  14. It is gorgeous. My latest find is a shit can, from the out house alleys. Before that, a stuffed carpet shark from a housing clearance. How could folk throw these things out?

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