contest: show us your "found" decor!

Deadline extended! Win in my Ikea swag vases! Enter by Monday, July 9th!

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A week or so ago, there was a great a story in The New York Times about the art of finding free stuff on the street. It showed a few adventurous folks “dumpster diving” and it got us talking about the joys of finding castaway treasures. Do you have something in your house that you found in (gasp) the trash! Perhaps it was just casually sitting curbside by a neighbor’s late one night, and you took it home. We want to see it! Send us a photo and the story behind your found decor! One lucky contributor — the one who has scored The Best Free Treasure as determined by us — will win these cute Ikea vases I got in a swag bag recently. The rest may just have the honor of showing off your found treasures here on Shelterrific. Send them to us at [email protected]. Don’t be shy!! — Angela M.

To get you started, here’s a little bragging from Mary T.!

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Way the heck back in 1992 I worked at Cincinnati’s Music Hall when it was undergoing some renovation. One morning the receptionist said to me, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I think there’s something out front in the dumpster that you’ll like.” She was right. With two friends I managed to cram this couch — a refugee from an old stagehand break room — into the back of my 1988 Dodge Omni! I get more offers to buy this thing than anything else I’ve ever owned. And I’m not selling. — Mary T.

Show us the trash you’ve given a new home! Tell us how you saved it! Send in a photo and story to [email protected]! Deadline is July 9th.. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, July 11th!

From our partners

Wow, that couch is great. I love the line “don’t take this the wrong way . . ” that’s a great story.

Jennifer

What is the submission deadline?

Angela M.

Good question! I forgot about that… how out July 2nd?

Mary T

Thanks, Kristi. I loved that woman! We had very similar tates. : )

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