I've been lucky the past few weeks with "trash finds" and one goodwill find that cost me 1.00.
I happened to be in the store the week of Christmas-saw a lady holding a wooden box that she picked up from the shopping cart of "new" stuff. I thought "you really don't need that-I do" :) It worked because she put it back. I casually walked over to pick it up, inspected it for show and took it. It's not in great shape, but love the patina/words. It's sitting on top of some suitcases in my bedroom now.
My next finds were trash finds. The lampshade is wire based-like you see now w/"stuff" hanging off of and decorated cool. This one still has the fabric on it so i'll leave it like that until i decide to deconstruct it.
Second, my french doors-intact, no broken glass-must have remodeled. 2 houses down so they were carried home in the night~ Gary didn't seem too happy since i have other "future projects" sitting in the house and garage. That is one of my goals for the year: to finish some of these things-or in some cases to start! I've tackled one of those this week. Found an old chair some time ago that I cut up for "parts" to use in mixed media. The legs were still intact. I had some leftover wood from a repair in the house so i cut it down a bit and screwed it onto the legs. I made a cushion of foam and will cover it w/fabric for a stool/leg rest. Just need some nails as my staple gun won't penetrate the dense wood. It's a start!