I found it tossed in an alley. It was a little dirty, but it has such cute features, including a slide-out drawer:
A desktop that can lie flat or be propped up, with a clip to hold artwork in place:
A couple of nifty grids to hold pens and crayons:
Even a working light!:
Not to mention a matching chair:
Next to the desk and chair was this Mediterranean-villa-style doll house:
The level of exterior detail is admirable:
At first I thought it might be a Barbie house, but the lack of pink said no. Then I spotted this logo:
And this "address plaque" confirms that it's a Bratz product:
Even if a little kid didn't have any Bratz dolls, the villa would be good for almost any small dolls or even stuffed toys. Inside, the house looks remarkably like a decrepit Italian villa:
It just needed a good cleaning. Scrubbing down the inside, I saw the doll house has a disco ball. Sweet!
Last up, I noticed this lidded jar sitting at the side of the road in front of a house that is...well, creepy. I don't know what kind of people live there, but they put the oddest things out at the curb. Once it was decaying packages of chicken. Another time, a huge aquarium filled with green slime.
Knowing that, I half expected this thing might be filled with human cremains:
But no, it was empty and just a little dirty. It looks gorgeous after cleanup:
Yellow ginger jars--in pale or sizzling shades--are all over home decor these days. Here's a paler version:
photo: Decorum Home&Design
My rescued jar would lend sizzle to any room it's in. Just imagine if I had found two of them!:
I'm donating all my cleaned-up finds to my local Goodwill. I still feel like I owe them something for getting this hand-blown vase and this dining table and these chairs at such a steal of a price.