Go BIG or go home

Mar 15, 2011

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Build it Green!NYC is a non-profit “salvage and surplus materials provider” in Astoria/Long Island City that rescues tons (no really, actual metric tons) of reusable building materials and other such things from the landfill. Basically its a big warehouse where the ‘Rooms and I go to sift and dig through mountains of junk wonderful treasures in search of diamonds in the rough. Last year we haggled two sweet metal school desks and a couple old windows for 60 bucks!

It had been awhile since we had made the sojourn to BIG on the heel toe express. So last week when I opened my e-mail inbox and saw the monthly newsletter and it told me they would be getting a major shipment of furniture from a hospital which would include office chairs, vintage ’50s office furniture, medical rolling cabinets, stainless steel rolling tables, and more!!!! I immediately added it to the calendar and forwarded to my roommate. I was so excited I almost made a Facebook invite, but alas, I don’t have that much time on my hands over the lunch hour… Or do I?

Boy did they deliver. There were so many wonderful things that made my heart skip a beat I was hoping there was a “not so vintage” defibrillator floating around, or at least an oxygen tank with a few spare puffs. Thank goodness I was able to pull through and snap a few pics of my faves!

Because I’m 7 years old I can’t go in places like this and not open drawers and turn knobs and crawl on the floor to get a good look at the undercarriage of something that catches my eye. Evidently the hospital didn’t clean out the merchandise before donating because this sweet supply cabinet was chock full of hip screws and plates and leg hinges and other random medical insertions. I wonder if all that was included in the sticker price? P.S. You couldn’t pay me enough money to get rid of those sweet raised labels.

This baby really brought a tear to my eye. Its like the metal school locker I’ve always wanted. But hospitalized with glass panes! If I put something away in a drawer or behind a closed door, I’ll forget its there. My brain is just too forgetful to put things completely out of sight. I’m constantly teased around here for all of the “useful” objects in my room. But what can I say, I demand a pleasing aesthetic and function. They had two of these beauties in the single width and another bigger chunk that was three wide! Oh to have the rooooooom! They wanted $175 smackers for the single tall one and I had about $1.75 in change with which to haggle so I sadly had to leave this gem for someone else to take home.

On a side note… when I walk around places like this and see the sold stickies with names on them I secretly want to tag along for the delivery and meet the new owners of items I’m in love with so at least I can rest assured they’ll be going to good homes. Or maybe, I’d meet my soul mate/future hubby who wanted a medical storage cabinet of his very own (cue sweeping romantic “meet cute” music)!

So I guess the true moral of the story here is maybe brush off your old “bar name” from college and put that on your sold stickies in thrift stores and salvage warehouses, otherwise some creeper like me might google you!


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