Hi everyone… welcome to another Quick-Tip-Tuesday!
In the last two years, I’ve rescued and restyled numerous pieces of furniture that were trash bound. Through experience, I’ve learned having a few choice tools on hand makes a rescue SO much easier.
If you do any roadside rescuing or curb-shopping, here’s a list of must-have tools of the trade!
1:: Tape Measure
Measure up before loading up! If you spot a large piece of furniture on the roadside, it’s a great idea to measure before trying to load it into your vehicle! A perfect example – my sister and I spotted and braked for a large bookcase/wall unit… it was amazing. We struggled by inching this beast of a unit off the curb onto the road …only to discover it was a few inches too large to fit into my van… omg! Andrea and I laugh about it now, but at the time, we went home disappointed and with aching muscles.
2:: Flash Light
A flashlight is a must-have in your vehicle. It comes in handy when spotting a potential piece at night. There have been a few pieces I’ve loaded into my van under the sheath of darkness that I’ve totally regretted bringing home. The two pieces that top my list – a moldy dresser and a badly stained chair. If I had had a flashlight to give these pieces a quick once over, I would have saved myself some time and effort.
3:: Wet Naps
I always carry a container of sanitizing wet naps in my van. They are great for cleaning and sanitizing anything off your hands… or the furniture!
4:: Bungee cords or Rope
A bungee cord or rope works great to keep the trunk secure if your piece is sticking out and the hatch/trunk doesn’t close. They also work for securing and fastening furniture in your vehicle. Safety first!
Wrapping a blanket around your furniture will help protect the rescued piece AND your vehicle. Blankets can also be used to cushion a back hatch that won’t completely close or they can be placed in-between two separate pieces of furniture to keep them from scratching each other. I keep a few moving blankets in the back of my van but any type of blanket will do. If find them a must-have for delivering furniture to my clients, and also for retrieving cast-offs!
6:: Screw Driver
On yesterday’s post I wrote how grateful I was for my small find. Because I had a multi-head screw driver in my van, it was super easy to unscrew and rip off a backboard on a roadside dresser. Not only is it handy for furniture parts (ie. legs, backboards etc.) but it can also be great for removing pulls, knobs and hardware off a roadside find.
So there you have it. My arsenal of tools which I keep in my van for lucky furniture finds! And no need to spend a lot of money. Most of the above items can be purchased at your local dollar store!
What are your must have tools when rescuing furniture? Care to share one of your roadside rescue stories? I love all your comments, questions and suggestions so don’t be shy…chime in!
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