As I’ve mentioned… I’ve moved downtown, well almost. And there are many things that come with living downtown: homeless folk, trash, traffic, alleys, trash in alleys, booze bottles in alleys (like the one pictured below), hoarder neighbors, amongst so many other things.
Sorry for the quality -- the iPhone just didn't cut it today.
Over the past 2+ months that we’ve lived here I’ve noticed a little something with our back neighbor. He or she (haven’t actually seen or met them) is a hoarder. They have a covered and fenced in back garage that is literally STUFFED with crap. I can sometimes see it’s wondrousness through the cracks in the gate. One time they left the gate open, but I didn’t have a camera to capture it in all of its disgusting glory.
Each week our little neighbor unpacks a bit of his death hole garage/porch/rats nest and drops it off in the alley. One week it was a ratty recliner from somewhere near 1970 with yellow, green and orange stripes and rips that added a touch of rustic charm. Last week it was a series of warped, faded and dying tables. A dining room table, a few coffee tables, and something that can only be described as a decorative side table designed by Quasi Moto. They all disappear eventually. I’m not sure if someone with terrible taste/desperate need for ugly additions picks them up or if the trash man just gets as sick of seeing them as I do. Regardless, they all leave and are almost immediately replaced by something else.
So, today I am here to offer you a set of three printers. They may have sat out in a snow storm and have few functional power outlets. I can’t guarantee their productivity or their ability to actually print, but if you are looking for a printer to really make an impression I have got the one for you. Better act quick before someone nabs these little gems.
They happen to be situated next to a trash can and a wicked classy set of vehicles. The first has been here, front window rolled down and all from the beginning. It has survived, in this state, a plethora of snow storms, rain amongst other lovely weather conditions. Plus, its “chocolate and steel” color combinations make me swoon on a daily basis.
The second is clearly a work van used for a local photography company. If you are looking for someone to photograph your family picnic, a reunion, your engagement party or even the birth of your first child I have a sneaking suspicion that they may be available. Please call the number listed in the photo for further information.
And for a closer shot on the phone number — because the typography is truly a work to admire:
I’ll keep you updated each week as more treasures find their way into my alley. Maybe, just maybe you’ll be as fascinated by these hoarders as I am. I think I’ll start a new series… called “Alley Crap” with updates as they happen.