Dumpster Diving in search of a harp…

I’ve had a wonderful time with my sister, her hubby and Amy and Hannah these last few days. We crammed as much fun in as we could and even did that big cabinet project too! If you missed it… check it out HERE
They are leaving in the morning and I will miss them terribly.

Today we hit a few antique shops and did a little scavenging in the “trash pile” from the yard sale from our church. The trash wasn’t really in a dumpster, but it sounded better for my title. It was just all stacked up in a pile. There was a 100+ year old piano donated to our yard sale that was just a big old, heavy thing that nobody seemed interested in. We even offered a few people $5.00 if they’d take it. We had a huge downpour during the sale and the piano got pretty much ruined so my hubby decided to bust it up and see what he could get if he recycled the parts inside. He took some things but when he told my sister about the “guts” of it that were left, she wanted to see it…



Then she and my hubby discussed where she wanted him to saw off the “good section” of it…


She said it was “artsy” and someone would probably like to hang it on the wall… (She truly is someone who “thinks outside the box!”)



This is what she was after.. I think she called it the harp…but I looked it up because I forgot what she said, and it might be called the “action.”


She knows her “stuff” so I’m not arguing with her. She has a booth in an antique store in PA, so she’ll probably take this back and put it in her booth and sell it for $50! Maybe not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

I got a part of the piano too, and will share “that” project with you soon, but I better get back to some dolly talk…

Oh, by the way, thank you to Linda and Darlene…. my 2 newest subscribers! I welcome you and hope you’ll enjoy your time with me and my other friends here each day. We have lots of fun. I’ll get back to my normal dolly and sewing posts ASAP!

It’s almost 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, so I’m signing off.

I will see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Gosh, Jeanne, I don’t think I would have given the piano parts a second thought if I saw them like that in a pile! Your sister must have an active imagination! Wonder what she will do with it, let us know!

    While I think it is fun to go on flea market outings, that’s what they remain for me—just outings! I just don’t have the room to bring in anything else, unless you are talking about dolls, or things for dolls. Even that is getting to slow down for me! You can only pack in so much stuff, then where does it go?

    That really was interesting to see piano parts like that! Wonder why they bothered to butcher up the piano though even though it was wet? Seems like more trouble than it was worth, although they actually did get a sale out of it—-sort of!

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Linda,
      I edited my post, so if you read the 2nd paragraph you’ll see who and why it was busted up.
      I will let you know what she does with it. She emailed a picture of the part she got to her son and he said, “get some keys!”
      I know what you mean about bringing more stuff into your house. I’m trying to get my organized with only the things I really really like.
      thanks Linda,
      blessings, Jeanne

  2. Hi Jeanne,
    What interesting things your sister has the insight on. I can totally see what an interesting piece that part of the piano would be in an antique shop.
    When we moved to another state, we left the house my husband built back in 1978. It was hard for all us to leave our beloved home. Before we sold it, we retrieved the weather vane from the cupola on our roof and brought it with us where is sits on a large cutout at the top of our bedroom ceiling. It was like keeping a piece of our heart & home. I say that as I imagine people keep or buy all sorts of things for various reasons.
    You would be so much fun to go with on a dumpster dive!
    Note to Laura- Yes I have the brown and the black and white Civil War gowns Jeanne made. We were up at Lake Erie with old friends and I did not prepare myself well for the Lavender Dress auction. I agree, whoever won it, must be very happy. Jeanne’s dresses are definitely exclusive and sought after.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Paula,
      Sometimes it’s just a small something or other that you can keep that “represents” what you used to have. It’s a nice “remembrance!”
      Oh, wouldn’t we have fun dumpster diving together… I have been known to get up in the dumpster… :o)
      Thanks so much for your kind words about my doll dresses. I’m glad you like them so much!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. We’ve made three long distance moves with huge sales and donations before each move. Our current, second retirement home, size makes it impossible to add more things. We rent a small locker to hold seasonal items as we must have the most stuff in our garage home in our small community. I hate when the garage is open to display all we save. No more garage, estate, flea market or auctions for us. Home is best even though the closets are too full.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Jan,
      I know when you have a smaller house you are limited to what you can and can’t bring home, but I like to switch things out, so if I find something I like better, I can get rid of something I already have….
      Thanks for your comments… it’s fun to know what everyone thinks…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Charlotte Trayer says:

    Oh, now I have a completely different take on the piano. I enjoy playing the piano so much, it really hurts to see an old one that is no longer of use.

    I could have had my parents’ piano (after daddy died), and I would have Loved to have had it, but it is a medium-sized grand, and would have taken up almost half of our living room–if we could have gotten it up the stairs! The last time I played it [before it was delivered to the buyers], I cried. I did write a note and put it, tucked inside the owner’s manual, inside the bench, saying a little about how much it had meant to our family over the years. I hope the new owners found the note (or will find it, some day), so they will know how much that piano was loved. (I purposely didn’t tell my brother until it had gone to its new home; his response was, “What did you do a thing like that for?!” )

    Anyway, I hope your sister will send you a picture (which you can share) of what she does with that piece she took with her!


  5. I purchased an older home several years ago of which contained some items from the original owners. One of the things left by was a ‘huge, and extremely heavy, 1940’s Wurlitzer electric organ in the living room. There were also two very large wooden speakers plugged into the organ. The agent selling the deceased old man’s home said that he was an organist for a Humanist church for a longtime, and his children didn’t want the organ. I agreed to keep the organ thinking I could sell it on my own. When I moved into the home the organ had been left unplugged from the wall, and I learned a lesson later on why it was left unplugged. When I plugged in the organ to see if it made any sounds it immediately went POOF! The wall socket was blackened and the organ and both speakers were smoking badly! Not to mention the nice burn mark on two of my fingers from the electrical short. I now realized why the organ was left by. It was just a big heavy, old piece of junk. I had to pay $150.00 to have three guys remove the organ out of my house and dispose of it. I was foolish to agree to keep the old organ.

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Elaine,
      Oh, the things we do when we think we have found a bargain! Sorry about your misfortune, but I’m glad you were okay!
      Thanks for your comments…
      Blessings, Jeanne

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