Now that I've successfully moved, I can start accumulating things again, right? Here's a find I made while taking out the trash.
It was sitting on the ground next to the dumpster, along with a computer monitor and assorted other household items, none of which was nearly as interesting. A good scrub and you can hardly notice that this nifty item is slightly off kilter. (I'm thinking a few more bottles of wine will balance it up.)
I'm not sure I would ever actually go into a dumpster after anything attractive--it would have to be something really good--but stuff at the curb is definitely fair game. I once picked up several pots-full of wonderful landscape plants that had been set out as trash. After I installed them in my front yard, it was quite amusing to see my distant neighbors do a double-take when they recognized their plants. I bet they were thinking they gave up on those beauties a little too soon. Either that or they were thinking I was some kind of wacko.