We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's our summer for roofing, painting, and repairs. Maintenance on the HQ. Mostly outside, some inside too. Maintenance sucks, because it entails no improvement and is just a holding war against entropy. We are fortunate to have a remarkable team of workers thanks to our genius project manager. Perfectionists. Replaced with all new flashing because the old was second rate, especially for the crickets. New copper gutters, but we do not have many gutters. Let the rain fall off the roof. No problem. All bad wood replaced with Azek "wood".
Good thing about their max-size dumpster? Old brown furniture, broken lawn stuff, old clothing and crap that is just no longer needed or wanted. In it goes. Empty closets to bare essentials. And do you know what old brown mahogany furniture is worth? Zero. You have to pay people to get rid of it. I am tempted to toss our 1800s lovely dining room table and chairs in there because nobody in the world wants this old brown stuff - and never will.
Wish you had a giant dumpster in your driveway? A great chance to unload all the crap that your kids will have to toss in a dumpster when you croak. Do them a favor.
Oh, I think a lot of the old furniture will come back -- the really good things, with beautiful wood, why not? Everything else seems too! Too bad you live so far away -- I'd be going through your dumpster...
If brown furniture includes walnut, anyone who gets rid of it and buys this new particle board stuff is nuts. Most of the wood stuff in our LR, DR and MBR is Henredon, mostly-solid walnut, bought in the '50s at what we considered exorbitant prices. You can't even get solid walnut any more last I knew, and if you could, I doubt I could afford it today. Ours is good as new, even after helping us raise six kids.
Anyone who can gaze at antique furniture in exotic hardwoods and not understand it's beauty has put their soul in peril. So it's not worth anything, huh? Too bad so sad. I have yet to come across an individual offering to give it away. Are you? I'll come take it off your hands and even give you a drop at IKEAs.
"And don't throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
When everything old i-is new-ew a-again
I might fa-all in love wi-ith you again"
Bought mahogany furniture in Indonesia and Puerto Rico in the 1970's. still in my retirement house on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Love it. But I'm just a deplorable in a very Progressive state.
One of the positives of living in a more working class city like San Antonio is that even beat-up furniture gets picked up by the gleaners on its way to a new life. Our informal fleet of junkmen in old pick-ups does more recycling than the city some weeks.
We just bought an old sofa on Chairish and paid to have it shipped here, replacing our more modern one (which was too big for the space). You're right, the stuff is absurdly cheap these days. Designers come in here and try to make us get rid of the "heavy" brown furniture, but we get rid of them instead. I still happily use furniture I bought in antique stores--cheap--when I was in my 20s, as well as stuff I inherited from my grandparents, and antiques my mother-in-law was collecting when I was still a kid. Anything we don't want any more goes to the local thrift shop if none of the nieces and nephews want it. Oh, and Azek is great stuff, dimensionally stable, rot-proof, and termite-proof. Our exterior is Hardi-plank on the walls and Azek on the trim.
Are you assigning any guns (walnut & steel only) to that over-sized dumpster? I could also use any (useable) waders, fly rods, canvas hunting coats, decoys....?? No junk please. Would also trade some newer electronic/synthetic crap for the above. Out with old, in with the new. Yrs, The Snowgoose
In this part of the world, people put their 'old brown furniture' on the curbside and it goes fast. Some people collect it to sell in perpetual yard sales, some for themselves. It's an easy form of charity, and much appreciated. I've picked up a few small items over the years myself.
I've watched the (moving) neighbors across the street put out easy chairs, a desk, toys, a table w/chairs and a couch. Everything but the couch went to passersby. We helped one ancient old man load his truck with the easy chairs; he farms and has a migrant population who need basics.
Most Brown furniture was made with generic North American hardwoods with a dark stain, not walnut or mahogany. If you have furniture with real walnut or mahogany or cherry you will notice the difference between your friends' furniture and like yours a lot better.