Trash Piles


There are a lot of things that I like about Korea.  

Mugs like this


Cute notebooks


Awesome apartment complexes


Things like this


And much more.

But I think one of my favorite things about Korea are the trash piles and the awesome stuff you can find in them.


Now don’t take this the wrong way–I don’t actually like trash, or the way humoungous piles of trash everywhere looks and smells.  Nor do I particularly like the way they do the trash thing here–there are no public trash cans anywhere to be found, so people do things like this:


Which makes things look dirty after awhile.

They try to fool you with these big trash-can-looking things:


Don’t be fooled, American.  These are clothing donation bins.  They are everywhere.  Do not put your trash inside.

In Korea they do not have thrift stores really, so when people are done with items they just put them out in the trash pile.  It is amazing what people will throw away.  Here’s what I found this morning in the pile near our apartment:



I mean, who doesn’t love Rabbit?!  Man, if I only had a place to hang this thing.

Anyway, this post is dedicated to the awesome trash pile finds that we have accrued thus far.  Prepare yourself for the awesomeness.



1. Clock

This was my first trash pile score.  It was something that we needed, but I hadn’t bought yet because I didn’t want to spend the money on a good clock just yet.  I couldn’t believe it when I saw this guy stuck in the pile close to our apartment!  It was a little dirty and did not have batteries, but with some light cleaning and new juice it works and looks great!  I love it!  



2. Little Shelf

I love this shelf.  It’s all shabby chic looking and cute.  I have to figure out how to mount it on a cement wall (because all walls are made of cement here), but as soon as I do it is going up in our teeny tiny laundry room to hold laundry stuffs!



3. Cool Wooden Crate

I. Love. This. Crate.  I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, but I had to take it anyway.  Turns out it works perfectly on our kitchen table!  I put napkins, chop sticks and a water pitcher in there.  Looks so cool!



4. Slightly Bigger Shelf

This shelf was pretty rickety when I found it, but just needed a good cleaning and screw tightening.  It is the perfect shape and size to fit outside our bathroom door and hold towels!



5. Picture Frames

These picture frames are really nice!  Heavy-duty and high quality.  They housed some rather…erm…interesting art.  (Think metallic naked women.  Classy!)  I’m not sure what I am going to put in these yet.  Maybe some photos of the family back home?



6. Toy Kitchen

This might be the best trash pile find yet.  Davis found this one.  It is an adorable little kitchen set!  This thing is nearly perfect, and came with pans, dishes, utensils, play food.  The faucet actually squirts out water.  I would have loved this thing as a kid!  Evvie was spellbound when we showed it to her.  She has been cooking bacon and serving it to us all morning. 😉



7. Plastic Tray

I’ve been wanting to get a tray of some sort to put on top of our ottoman.  These looked a bit gross in the pile, but just had some dusty stuff on them.  After being cleaned up, it looks fantastic!  I’m most likely going to decorate it–maybe something like this.


Are you jealous?  Grossed out?  Intrigued?  Glad you can just go to thrift stores and estate sales instead of having to rummage through trash piles?  THAT is something we thrifters take for granted in the US for sure!


All in all we are really enjoying Korea so far.  We live in a lovely little city.  It’s definitely a lot to get used to for a country girl, but I think it is going to be a fun adventure!

What is your favorite thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, trash pile find?  Tell me about it!