I’m a peddling peddler; I love cycling and selling things in my online shop, Laura’s Last Ditch. Wedding two interests by searching for wares on my bike rides, trash day eve sometimes finds me tooling through the neighborhood, scouting cast-offs ripe for rescue. I’ve found countless items, some worth hundreds of dollars. With a large pannier-style bike basket and a trio of bungee cords, I heap a head-turning load on my bicycle.
I’ve inherited a love of art pottery from my dad. He admires–and sometimes purchases–Roseville vases and hanging planters when we go antiquing together; I tend to browse only, unwilling to pay the price attached to the finds I most appreciate. Imagine my chart-topping glee, then, when I slowed my bike to peer into an inauspicious curbside box crowned by a dirty garden hose and other landfill-bound detritus, to find a forsaken Roseville vase, whose sole purpose, for years, obviously, had been to shelter the six- and eight-legged denizens of the garage.
Were I to cling to my finds, the house would mimic an episode of Hoarders. Instead, I turn the merchandise I acquire, marrying occupation with a lifelong near-obsession with frugality and waste reduction. I was green back when it was only a color.
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