Monday Live Dive Results


Encyclopedias, anyone?  Back from  the scouting trip–day one of the Winnetka spring clean up.  Today’s pick up was north of Tower Road. Tuesday’s will be north of Pine Street.  There was stuff to be had there, most of it fell into a few categories:
Kitchen cabinets
Doors and windows
Upholstered furniture
Hockey equipment & sporting goods
Boxes of clothing

Here are photos of some of the curb items.  These will give you an idea of condition and size in case you’re interested in making the trip this week.  I arrived at a little after 7 am, and the trucks were picking up by 7:30.

Couldn’t these have been donated?  An entire collection of patio furniture cushions.

img_32501Ditto for this crib.  Perfectly good.

img_3246Living room furniture for someone.



Weathered adirondacks.


Spring clean up aptly named.



Desk Silverware Set How-to

deskset1This small project can help keep your desktop lunch affairs neat and nonplastique and spare that clunking sound in your backpack, or at least mine, when the silverware rattles around as you race for the train.  It will take a relaxing hour to put together.

Click here to download the how-to for your silverware desk set.

Take 1: Two Found Items

Two useful items – a laptop sleeve and new, never used thermal lunch box.

A Note About a Very Good Idea


Everyone knows our landfills should be on a diet.  Coming very soon, we in Chicago will have a way to curb their heaping appetites for the large stuff of rehab projects and teardowns.

It’s called the Rebuilding Exchange, an energetic nonprofit market for recycled building materials—-flooring, doors, lumber, bathtubs, appliances and remodeling components with a nice patina and a low price.

This week and next, the exchange is in the process of moving to a new warehouse on West 47th Street, and when complete, cause for celebration! They have lots of ways to join them in the fun and the sustainable diet part:

Come to the Grand Re-opening Party. and since you’re coming, donate a silent auction item or service

Donate your materials from a rehab project, like kitchen cabinets, trim, appliances, bathtubs and sinks

Buy some materials for your next project, a like new furnace, wood stove, refrigerator and stove

You can track the progress of the move and see all that the Exchange has to offer on their blog.