One person’s trash

Hi, my name is Alli and I am a dumpster diver.

But I prefer to be called “thrifty.”

It’s why I love places like Canton and Round Top so much. Speaking of, dying to go to Round Top again this fall. Any takers?

In Dallas, there’s a local trash graveyard called Orr Reed. If you’re in the area you should check them out. Want an old chair to paint and reupholster? They’ve got it, for pennies. Beyond that, they’ve got old fireplace mantles, clawfoot tubs, doors, hardware, light fixtures, the list goes on.

Aside: Does anyone else remember the movie The Brave Little Toaster? I see images like the ones below and I can’t help but think these guys got left behind on a move. Sniff. If your kids haven’t seen this movie, buy it. They’ll love it.


Anyways, they have a sea of shutters to choose from. How easy would it be to clean, re-paint and make into a mail-sorter or a headboard? Love this grand one from House Beautiful. Very Coastal.

And if you are in the market for old windows, this is the place to look. They have thousands – some broken, and some in tip top shape so it all depends on what you are looking for.



When I first starting working with Cornerstone, I had no windows in my office so I decided to bring my own in.  Now that I have a my own real window (I know, big-time right?) I use the old ones for creative brainstorming. They make me much happier than any whiteboard ever could.



And don’t ask me why, but last time I was there I also picked up a few door lock plates for 10 cents each. As soon as I saw them I had to have them. I originally intended to frame them – but for now, they happily greet me every time I’m in the office.


I stalled out trying to find another place in the house to put them.

Something tells me Michael would say “right next to your paint-by-numbers.”