Monday, December 7, 2009

Will the first snow mean the last free?

Sounds like one of them there zen koans, don't'cha think?


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Turkey day weekend

"....and thank you for the bounteous feast of free stuff laid out before us. Amen."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Same sign, different crap.

Perhaps a different sign would bring in a better crowd of browsers. Sure enough, this sign adorned a whole different pile of crap out Mt. Tremper way a few months ago. Scroll down and see for yourself.

Free fans and an employment update.

The fans are free and in case anyone is wondering, work's just fine, thank you.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Finding time for the things that matter

Reader Andrea M. slowed down on her way out of town to snap this beautiful autumnal scene. A case of Cloudy Bay is on its way to her as 12 bottle token of our appreciation.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New reader Alice M. joins the club

Thanks Alice M. for snapping this swell shot on route 375. A pancake breakfast is coming your way as our little way of saying 'thanks.'

Late October and the pickin's are slim...

...but thankfully, the scenes are pretty.
A couple of pieces for the home office: a typewriter and a phone.


And a couple of pieces for the baby's room:


Friday, October 23, 2009

The free bus comes by here every day

Something about the way these items were all lined up by the side of the road reminded me of people waiting for the bus. Also, note the really neat type on the free sign. Very nice. Especially for a post-season sign.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Screen door slams, Mary's dress waves

Every picture tells a story

Friend, reader and natural born storyteller Josh G. sends in this fab shot that begs for a caption. Any suggestions?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

One from O'Doctor

Not sure if there's gonna be a place for this couch in our little virtual home.



And this chair may not make it in either. The iron bull on top of it, however, has found a new home in our actual garden.



Friday, October 9, 2009

Moving and looking

A suitcase in which to schlepp our stuff to the free house....


...and a window to look out of when it's winter and we stay inside.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Professional phootographer Nikki T

The aforementioned chiquita sends in this super-fab shot of our new home entertainment system. Bring your old Dave Brubeck records and let's start swingin'! A case of Oktoberfest Pumpkin Brew goes out to her in appreciation.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm almost done furnishing my imaginary home

The missus had the idea of furnishing an imaginary home with the free stuff we see. I haven't taken a complete inventory, but I think we're pretty close to having an entire house furnished so far.




Wednesday, September 16, 2009

OMMFG! What happened to the birds?

Hall of famer Kim C. sends in this fab find from the front yard of some very hungry locals. A big box of Kitten Chow to Kim C. for her keen eye and generous diligence.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign.

Reminds me of that song: "Signs signs, everywhere a sign" by the Five Man Electrical Band. See a version of it here.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Is that a coffee maker? We need a new coffee maker.

A big Brooklyn shout out to artist C.A. who sent this in. Also, an enormous bag of the very best Colombian as a small token.

Labor day = banner day

A banner day for free stuff and a little wiki-what on the idiom:





The missus hits one outta the park

New contributor and old wife o'mine Andrea M. sends in this pic (okay, she borrowed my iPhone to take it and I sent it to myself) of an exuberant "FREE!" with exclamation point and explanatory text. (That's 4 "ex" words in one sentence for those of you keeping score at home) And speaking of dynamic reading, how about the cool art direction of that book below?


Monday, September 7, 2009

Kim C. enters the hall of fame!

With this, her 500th submission. A gift certificate for a new Volvo SC90 awaits her as our little way of saying congratulations!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to choose

Soooooo much good stuff in this busy pic from loyal reader/first-time contributor Daisy M. Hmmmmm, should I grab that piece of paper tape in the foreground or the gently used latex glove in the middle. You choose for me.


"To child or not to child"

Local artist C.A. sends in this artfully arranged quartet of photos with the mysterious title above. A bottle of The Macallan 1926 is on its way to C.A. to help him come up with even more mysterious titles.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Swings both ways


Thanks to loyal reader Kim C., who has just been made an honorary co-captain of Team Free Signs with this, her umpteenth submission since the collection began. Also, it turns out that reader Kim actually took the bi-fold doors, and left her own little note on their little note:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

More from our favorite P.F.D.B.

A carton of Kool to our pal Coll in humble thanks for this smokin' photo.



Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fake rock

Loyal reader and number one contributor Kimmie C. sends this in from the Catskill mountains, where real large rocks abound. This fake one in front of a stone wall creates a rich narrative of life in this modern world. A $2,000 U.S. savings bond goes out to Kimmie to thank her for sending in this real pic with snazzy writing.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Curatorial Committee weighs in

After what seemed like a marathon meeting of the curatorial committee (thank god for the mojitos), our curatorial focus was formalized. Free stuff signs. Hugs are not stuff. They are not junk. They are wonderful gestures in interpersonal relations. Anybody remember Leo Buscaglia? The hug doctor? We're posting this sign, snapped on the streets of Woodstock by reader/activist Donna F., but will not be posting any others. So don't even try sending in your photos of people offering free back rubs, free foot massages, free kisses and other sundry free gestures. We won't post 'em. It's against our curatorial focus and now we know it. So there. A 6 of Bud Longnecks to Donna in appreciation.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to win points with the missus.

If only this couch had been available around Mother's Day.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A banner day for free

Yesterday we went to a yard sale up a long driveway near our house. A driveway we'd never even noticed before. The free boxes started down toward the bottom and continued right up to the top, where a little converted auto shop was home to two older people, I forget their names, who were, as you might guess from all the stuff they were giving away for free, very sweet. One of the free signs even used some rarely seen lower case "e"s, bringing to mind ee cummings, which you probably know stands for Edward Estlin. Doesn't "a box of free" just sound like something he might have written?






That's my missus heading up and holding hands with our boy. She's the apple of my eye 95 days out of 100 and so this poem by ee cummings, "i like my body when it is with your body":

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh . . . . And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reader Coll P.F. writes in with a bunch of pissy comments about how the previous post didn't mention the pola effect (by which I assume he means polarizing, but who knows) and how the sign was actually on 212, not out Wittenberg way. Duly noted. Ooops! I guess I got your address wrong, too! I'll just hang on to that case of port myself. Sorry, Coll P.F.D.B.!
Reader Coll P.F. sends in this lovely lovely shot from down Wittenberg way. A case of Quinta do Noval, Nacional, Vintage Port - 1996 is on its way to him as our little way of saying "obrigado!"

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Don't take that picture!"

When you're doing weird stuff like taking pictures of free signs, sometimes it makes people nervous. Today, the guy who owned this sign didn't want me to take a picture of it that showed the house in the background because he was afraid that it would be misconstrued as a sign giving a very nice house away for free. Hmmm.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

One from Patch

My pal Patch has a lovely little iPhone which took this lovely little picture. A case of Leffe Blonde goes out to him in appreciation.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Reader/photographer Josh G. sends in this fab pic, adding to the archive and schooling me on how important composition is. A case of '68 Chateau d'Yquem is on its way to Josh as our small way of saying "good work"!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New sign old spot

There was a sign here before. Maybe someone stole it. This one has replaced it.