I’m envious of people I know who have good thrift store karma. Do you have friends like that? Are you one of them yourself? I can spend a whole day visiting thrift stores and come home empty-handed, or with a few passable items. It’s gotten a bit better since there are now 5 of us in my family so that I have a good chance of finding something that will be valued by at least one of us. Although I should say 4 instead of 5 since my husband refuses to wear anything previously owned by someone he doesn’t know.
I’ve never been a great user of Craigslist because I assumed my poor luck at thrift stores would spill over into that arena as well. But finding some decent patio furniture on Craigslist and lucking into a new tree discovery earlier this summer has buoyed me on.
I saw this posted to Craigslist in early August:
Good deal, right? I think it would be over $100 to get a tree this size in a nursery. I thought about it being the wrong time of year for digging up and transplanting trees. I inquired and the seller was motivated to get rid of it to make way for a new landscaping project. I went away on vacation thinking that if it was gone before I returned, then my dilemma would be solved.
A couple weeks later the tree was still available. And so after a long, hot afternoon of hard work on the part of my husband, it is in my back yard.
All the leaves were droopy when it arrived.
It’s in a temporary location right now. I hope it survives transplanting! I’m still thinking about where to put this tree. It could end up west of the patio to provide relief from the hot afternoon sun, after I move the stubby vine maple trio that is currently in that spot. My original idea was to replace the front yard quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, but I might want to know the exact cultivar for a tree planted here.
I love quaking aspen. But this tree is a lesson for me that I can love a tree without having it in my yard — it’s too big, but the bigger problem now is suckering in my plant beds, and in the neighbor’s newly landscaped front yard.
Talking with neighbors out front about tree issues led to a proposal to combine our tree removal jobs for a good deal from a resident arborist. Sounds good to me! My fall and winter planting project list is growing…