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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Town Dump

Do you have a town dump where you live? I am 51 years young & I have never been to the dump. That is until visiting The Town Dump in Cave Creek Arizona. Now this is my kind of dump.

We just got back from our vacation to Cave Creek Arizona. When I mean we just got back, I mean it was more like 10 days ago. And I can hear you gasping in the back. You are thinking, "Why in H-E-double toothpicks would you go on a vacation to Arizona in the hottest part of the summer?". I will tell you why, it was a "free" vacation. Well, almost free. We didn't have to pay for a place to stay. My parents invited us to stay with them in their time share condo. We would only have to pay for gas from home to there and back as well as our food. And since we were in a condo with a kitchen, we could cook.

And since it was going to be in the 100's at home, why not go to Arizona where it would also be in the 100's. At least it would be a change in scenery. And another perk, someone other than me paid for air conditioning!!! That was a big incentive.

So off we went to Arizona to spend 6 fabulous days doing nothing more than shopping, relaxing, eating and more shopping. My kind of vacation. And I know there is someone thinking, what about visiting Sedona or the Grand Canyon? Been there, done that, numerous times. This year, we were going to skip the touristy places & just relax!!!! With a lot of shopping and eating thrown into the mix as to not get bored.

So the first place we went shopping (or in my case, window shopping) was The Town Dump in Cave Creek. This place has everything!!! Not quite, but close. Lots of cool stuff that I would love to take home. But things can be a bit pricey here in Cave Creek.

Lots of rusty items.
Need a coyote? At least this one doesn't make noise.

Old iron fences.
Lots of rusty iron garden decor and arbors.
The bench of many colors.

Lots of old bird cages.
Lots of old doors.
More old iron fences. I would have loved to take one home. But a little too rich for my blood. But then I'm cheap.
Here I am with hubby.

Pink flamingos in the tree!!!
This Pegasus unicorn is my favorite. I tried to get someone in my family to buy it for my birthday. But at $400 it's a little too much. Last year I took my photo with it. This year I couldn't get near it.
In need of a coffin?
Or how about a helmet? I thought of Monty Python & the Holy Grail when I saw this.
They have lots of rusty outdoor sculptures here as well. Loved this eagle.

If you want to read a more about my exciting (not) vacation to Cave Creek, you can follow my adventures over at my family blog Manning Family Tree. I posted more about The Town Dump there.

And if you ever get to the Phoenix or Scottsdale area of Arizona, be sure to take the drive up to Cave Creek and spend a few hours shopping. It's a cute little town.

Hopefully tomorrow I will share with you a few more stores in town. I'm really a shabby chic or cottage type of gal, but I was really digging the western decor while I was there.

And later on I'll share some fabulous stores I found in Phoenix.

Be sure to visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see this weeks participants in Outdoor Wednesday.


  1. I really enjoyed the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with your parents. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  2. Now now my friend Cathy over at Stylish House would say... You're not're inexpensive..hee hee!! Me too!!

    I would of had a ball looking around at all that cool stuff!

    Hope you had a nice vacation!

    Welcome back!

  3. I want that garden art. I would love to go to a place like that!

  4. window shopping is great, esp when you can take pics to remember the stuff but don't have to take it home to clutter up your house :D

  5. Oh why didn't you tell me, I would have come too...that unicorn was beautiful!
    I love poking around places like that and I desperately need a holiday.

  6. That looks like such a fun place! I wish we had something like that near us!