I occasionally read the local freecycle messages. I'm never fast enough to catch the good stuff- yarn, fabric, tables, etc. I was able to score some tomato cages a few weeks ago, which was pretty good luck. Last week someone posted two bags of ephemera. I emailed, and I won! I expected two bags of crap like old school papers, magazines and stuff. I was so so wrong. I hit the jackpot!
There was a pile of old family photos, several pamphlets and advertisements, some adorable greeting cards that I am going to decorate with on Valentine's and St. Patty's, and the greatest scrapbook ever.
It was originally an old ledger that a child reused as a sketchbook, then a scrapbook to save articles, poems, and recipes. I'll start posting scans of the old advertisements and recipes soon. Until then, here is some of the stuff I scored:
old family photos from around the Midwest
Several old pamplets and advertisements
the ledger...from 1833 through the early 1900s