Look What’s Curbside on Quarry Road


I don’t know about you but when I drive down Quarry Road, I like to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature- not admire the pattern of a long lost couch. Take this sofa please! This is not public shaming- I had different folks email me about it– I have no idea who this couch belongs to-it’s just THINK before you dump.

British actor Rowan Atkinson hams it up for photographers during a photo-call to promote his film

British actor Rowan Atkinson hams it up for photographers during a photo-call to promote his film “Mr Bean’s Holiday” in Germany, at Berlin’s Adlon hotel 22 March 2007. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL


So what’s a responsible sofa disposer to do?

  • Donate: This is a great idea on the surface, but many charitable organizations do not accept upholstered furniture at all, and the ones that do want it to be in good condition. What’s more, only a few will actually come and get it from your home. So call or check websites first. “Take a look at it. If you wouldn’t give it to a family member, don’t give it to them.”


Death of a sofa: Ask local theater groups or high school drama programs if they’d like an old couch for a stage prop. They’d probably want you to deliver it. And condition counts, unless it’s for something like “Death of a Salesman.”

co3One woman thought she was doing her co-workers a favor when she procured a neighbor’s “free” sofa-bed couch for the staff room, rolling it on a dolly down the street to her own driveway. Turned out the office didn’t want it, and as she weighed disposal options, it rained, and the couch got soaked. “Then stray cats started sleeping and urinating on it,” she said. That ruined any chance to donate it, so she and her husband pummeled it with a sledgehammer and took the metal bed frame and springs to a recycling center.


And when all else fails, grungy couches often end up on the side of the road. Like this one.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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