The last two weeks have been busy, leaving little time to troll for junk. But I did find a few treasures here and there.
Half of this pile belongs to my youngest daughter, Grace, who found the cricket board and the hobby horse, which she intends to give to a friend to paint.
I found those Tootsie boxes, part of a store display, and the wire basket.
And a little bit of vintage Halloween.
During Week Seven, the final week of Town Cleanup, it was my turn to bring my castoffs to the curb and there were quite a few. I purged some of the items that I had picked up with the best of intentions only to face the reality that I have far more ambtion than time to fix things.
The best treasure for that week, however, was seeing my oldest daughter, Emily, graduate from college and spending time with my mother, who traveled ffom Chicago for the occasion.
There was one last find, however. It's a denim blue train case with a unique pattern embossed into it. It also needs a good cleaning.
So, to sum up Town Cleanup 2014:
Week one was the best week because that was when I found vintage linens, vintage Christmas and a wicker settee that proved to be the best of all wicker that I would see by the curb. Overall, the junk seems to be getting junkier. But I can always revise that opinion if I happen I upon my favorite kind of junk pile, one that indicates that someone has cleaned out grandma's house.