A lot of the time, it's other things, lamps, even dishes or a laundry basket full of shoes.
So, if I come across things, I may just pick them up. To me, these are hidden treasures. They make my home unique. After all, how many people have hand painted tiles of beautiful Japanese ladies hanging on their wall. It was a finding. That's right, these beautiful tiles were sitting next to the curb, propped up against an old bookcase that someone was also not wanting anymore. Needless to say, the tiles came home with me. The bookcase did not.
I enjoy the search for treasure. I never know if I will find something or not. Days can go by, even weeks or months with no findings. Then, all of the sudden. It's a bonanza!
This past weekend, I found a really need bar table. I knew the girl's upstairs were looking for one, and I found it! I was so excited. I took a picture and texted it to one of them. She quickly sent her other half over to where I was with her truck and now it has a new home, along with a number of other decorating goodies.
So, next time you have something you don't want, don't throw it away. If you don't want to donate to a local thrift shop, consider putting it out on the curb, you never know who may find it.
P.S. Another good resource is FreeCycle. They are a great group of people and are all over the country. It's not picking and shouldn't be confused with it. It's however a great way to recycle your clothes and other goodies around the house.