Check out our new jogging stroller.  Guess how much we paid for it.  I’ll give you a few hints.  It is a double jogging stroller, made by the Baby Jogger brand.  It is a few years old, but new ones retail for $400-700.  Give up?  We paid $0.  Jed actually found this stroller on the side of the road, during the lovely time of the month in Dallas called Bulk Trash.  I’ll tell you more about the glories of Bulk Trash later.  First, here’s the tale of the stroller.  Jed was out on a run and saw this sitting on the curb.  He looked it over, grabbed it, and brought it home.  It looked like this… 
Not so pretty.  My genius husband saw potential there and persevered.  He looked over the frame and saw it was in good shape.  The problem was the seat.  He removed it and washed it thoroughly.  It is still a little stained, but looks much better.  We look a little silly rocking a double stroller with only one kid, but I don’t care.  The Bear loves it and kicks his little feet like crazy whenever we take it out.  
Does your neighborhood have a bulk trash pick up?  Ours is once per month, and everyone puts out any large items they want to get rid of for the trash collectors to come and pick up.  This cues every resourceful person in town to drive around and pick through the good stuff before the collectors make their rounds.    Friends have found furniture and all kinds of treasures during Bulk Trash.  We found a jogging stroller.  We are just doing our part to keep good stuff out of the landfill.  Bulk Trash rocks.  One family’s trash is another’s treasure.  
Does your neighborhood have a Bulk Trash pick up?
Would you ever take something home you found 
on the side of the road? 

3 Comments on Frugal Friday: Our Trashy Family

  1. Sounds like a great find for you and yours, sounds like your hubby has a good eye, and cleaning it up was the right thing to do obviously. We don’t have a monthly bulk pickup, we get 2 per year at each home, and we must call to schedule it when we are ready for a pick up. I’m not much of a second hand user, I don’t tag sale, or go to consignment shops, I have a thing about not knowing where it comes from and how it was used, but I do understand the necessity of re-using in todays economy and as long as you’ve done everything to make it clean and good then it shouldn’t be a problem.

  2. What a great find!!! My last two houses before I was married were basically furnished from the side of the road during “council pick-ups” (as they are called in Australia). I was so disappointed when we moved to Townsville and found out they don’t do it here. I miss my junk/treasures!!

  3. Awesome find! I have no qualms whatsoever in making use of something found, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is SO true. Recycling at its best.

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