Beach “Pickers”

Some of the best stuff we have at our beach house, “The Shack”, came out of the garbage piles of others. We snagged a great porch swing that had one broken slat on it. It was quickly repaired and we love swinging in it in the evenings listening to the gulf waves. Once my husband came home with a spectacular rocking chair from a garbage pile of our neighbor’s that needed one new “rocker.” A little handy work and we are rocking away. We love that chair. We have two sweet desks, a picnic table, and a couple of other chairs that we have refurbished. They are all living a second life at “The Shack.” Of course it helps to have someone handy around if you are going to go breathe life into a discarded item that is considered junk. Thank goodness I have someone.

It’s not that we search through garbage………really. Each time we have just been passing by, see it, and think, “why did someone throw that away?” BUT the best find of all came when we were out for a ride in Beverly (so named after the Beverly Hillbillies because our golf cart is a dog and all the other golf carts in our beach community are awesome). We drove down one of our favorite streets and saw what appeared to be a very large piece of furniture, some type of mirror, thrown on top of a pile of garbage bags and yard clippings next to the road.

We backed up and checked it out. It was, in fact, a very large beveled mirror. It was the kind with three sections that would be on top of an antique dressing table or dresser. It was caked with mud and possibly bird droppings.  We thought it might need to be refinished, but it could be worth the trouble. My husband lifted it onto the back of Beverly, I turned around and held on for dear life and we took off as fast as we could go (imagine Fred Flintstone).

We noticed after we got home that the mirrors did not have one crack in them and there were no broken pieces of wood, which we discovered was walnut. What we weren’t prepared for was how awesome it looked when we wiped it off. It seemed to shine in the sun. Not one scratch or imperfection! No refinishing required. I regret I don’t have a before picture.

We took it home to “the big house” and put it above our mantle. It is too huge for “The Shack.” The find of the century. What do you think?

Getting it placed. Look at the ornate, spindle type piece on top. I can’t believe that wasn’t broken off.  The two curved pieces once had gold leaf on the rounded part. I often imagine how happy it is that we found it. From garbage pile to center attraction!

Dressed up for Christmas


About Comfort Cooking On Island Time

There are two things I can't resist; an old recipe handed down and passed around, and the beach. Growing up in the midwest I was introduced to true comfort food but always dreamed of a different landscape, and climate. Recently I acquired a 50 year old beach house. While stumbling after the great cooks of my past, I am focused on a future with cool waves and gently breezes......and watermelon rind pickles of course!
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