Friday, January 27, 2023


 Regular readers know that I have a favorite place to look for bargains...our downstairs trash area!  Our building has trash chutes on every floor and they feed into a separate room, but for boxes and other things that people can't put in the chute, there is an area (indoor) near the loading dock where people can put the things they don't want.  I've found quite a few cool items over the last few years.

Here's another one (and several of you have wondered if we might find something like it again this year):

Look!  We found another tree!!


Ha, just kidding!  Couldn't resist, when I saw this dead tree in the trash I thought "ooh that'll be a good one for a post".  Then, a couple of nights later, I found this:

I DID find another Christmas tree!  This one is artificial, ha.  Here is it when I saw it.  One piece was outside the trash bag (that's what caught my eye) and the rest of it was in the bag.  This piece was the base, then the bag had three more sections and the stand.

I took the parts downstairs to our basement storage unit and put it together.

It needs some "fluffing" since it was all folded up and stuffed into a bag, but it's not bad at all.  It is six feet tall but not pre-lit.  I took it apart and put it into our storage room.

No worries, we aren't going to become Christmas tree hoarders, LOL.  We already feel that we have enough (four green in various sizes and the recent white one).  We promised the first one we found this year to a friend who decorates with multiple trees in her house.  We think she'll put it to good use.

Someone else no longer needed it but we'll get it to someone who can put it to good use.  Saved from the landfill and ready to be decorated next Christmas and for years beyond!


  1. you guys are the xmas tree saviors!

  2. I thought you might be starting a Christmas Tree Lot, however, I think giving this newest one to a friend for there own Christmas Tree Lot is quite the answer to having so many trees on hand! LOL
    You certainly do find some great treasures ... in another life, I bet you were a trashman!! LOL

  3. Wow! The things some people throw out! I'm glad you saved the tree. Someone will be happy to have it.


  4. You are the King of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! I’m glad you rescued this nice tree and that it’s going to someone who will give it a good home.

  5. Before long you will have created your very own indoor artificial Christmas tree forest. :}. I'm sure this tree will be going to a great home.
    After Christmas or on Christmas Eve you can get as many as you want of the real, cut trees for Free. After Christmas when people are taking their trees down you will find a large dumpster behind Home Depot and other places to throw your trees in or on Christmas Eve before stores close, also free and can have as many as you want of which I had done back in 2021.
    Wondering what I done with them discarded trees you ask?
    Well, Brought a pickup load home; stacked them on the ground in corner of back yard for the birds, giving them some protection from the larger birds, etc. ( A birdie Hotel) To the trees you can add suet cakes, cut up fruit, etc. for the birds to eat and providing them protection at the same time.
    You can upcycle the wood into countless craft and DIY projects.
    Or you cut the tree into smaller chunks and gather them into a pile in your yard. Let the pile sit until the pine needles have fallen off and the branches are dry and brittle. Then, use these brown materials as a carbon source for your compost bin, as needed. During the winter months, brown materials are harder to come by but you are still producing vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Most people don’t have a big enough stockpile of dried leaves, woody debris, or straw to supplement all their eggshells, fruit peels, vegetable ends, and other green scraps.

    By saving the pine needles and branches from your dead Christmas tree, you can add brown and green materials in the proper 2:1 ratio to your compost all season long. This helps the compost break down faster and keeps the pile from smelling bad or turning sludgy (a very common problem in winter).

    Cut off the boughs and layer them on your perennial garden beds as a natural mulch to protect the roots and prevent frost heaving. The branches are an excellent alternative to straw or wood chips, and will break down slowly over winter, adding nutrients to the soil for spring. Cut up branches makes for good mulch for you by overwintering your garlic or asparagus patch. The pine needles or pine straw makes for good mulch for them winter plants. Your PH may drop in your soil but it will not damage your winter plants and at same time will help smother them weeds.
    One more thing; if you live on a farm and have goats; they will love them discarded Christmas trees just like the birds.
    Your Christmas tree is great fuel for an OUTDOOR fire pit. Use the twigs and needles as kindling, and cut the trunk into logs for burning.
    Recycle - Reuse.


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