Sometimes I find things. On the side of the road. And then, uh, I take them. I always check first! But man… the side of the road fairy always sends me cool stuff. I don’t know why that is. I don’t feel like this happens to other people as much as it happens to me.
Am I more willing to take strange things home? Maybe. My mother had the same gift. I very clearly recall hearing “Hey! Look what I found today!” with pretty regular frequency as I was growing up. And it was always something wonderful. So I guess I am simply carrying on a family tradition.
So … Hey! Look what I found today!
I was driving home, with a car full of muddy dogs and there she was – on the side of the road. I saw her as I was driving past and immediately turned into the first driveway I could. You see, there are two things that happen in my brain upon spying a roadside treasure. First I think, “Oh my god look at that cool thing, that was a cool thing right?, what WAS that cool thing?” And simultaneously I am overcome by a fear that right behind me in another car is someone else thinking, “What is that cool thing??” So as panic ensues and I am about to lose the best treasure ever to the mystery jerk in the car behind me, I speed into a driveway, back out (trying to be careful but still panicking) and whip back around to pull in beside the cool thing and then jump out of the car.
I looked her over, and thought she’d be a great display piece. And I assumed that this was not free, and wondered if someone just stuck her outside because they had just painted her or maybe someone else was coming to pick her up. So, I wandered into the back yard, because you don’t get free things by just standing there gawking at them, and there was a couple cleaning out their garage. “Hi there… I was wondering about the yellow…” The woman glanced up “Take it, please.” And then as I did a little victory pump with my arm and said “Yes, sweet!” they both looked at me like the nutjob I am. They had no idea that I had just won the contest with the mystery jerk and that he would never get the cool thing. But I knew. And I also knew that I had been talking about wanting a display piece nearly exactly like this just the day before, so… I was pretty happy.
So I snapped a photo, loaded the treasure into my car and promised the muddy dogs that we really were heading home. I texted the pic and the news that I got it for free to my friends and got a few “cool”s and “awesome”s back and then one addition of “that is kind of crazy looking!!!” Yeah, well…It was free! And on the side of the road! That is good, right? I hope so. I’ve never regretted any of my past roadside treasures. Such as…
I once found an amazing pink and orange floral camel back sofa. It had just been put out and the owners were slapping a “free” sign on it as I pulled up. I put it in my friends truck, drove it about 5 min away and sold it at a vintage sale before we even got it off the truck. That was a good one.
I found this on the side of the road on my way home from work about 8 years ago:
It was WAY too heavy to lift but a nice man saw me looking at it, and he pulled over and loaded it into my car for me. Sometimes the roadside fairy provides some muscle too. And now it lives in our house and we use it as a soda/beer cooler at parties.
I found this on the side of the road while driving around with my husband a few years ago:
And I found this on the side of the road recently – I know it is ikea, but I still think these chairs are adorable:
I dunno. I like the side of the road. I hope it keeps being my friend. And as it stands, the newest find works out pretty well. I got her home, and for the record, with nothing on it, this thing IS crazy looking. I mean, it has a coat rack growing out of its head. But I put a dress on her, hung some hats on the hooks… and…I think she will be a great display for my upcoming fairs! Whew!
So tell me, have you ever found anything super cool on the side of the road?