Here, about to enter my second week of FUNemployment, I'm finally getting around to all those neglected chores on my list. For instance last Wednesday night I stayed in and scraped 50 years of paint drips and grunk off my ancient enamel sink and Caloric mini-stove with a razor blade while watching the best show on television, Tabatha's Salon Takeover.
Even more tedious was my search for the perfect mid-size stainless steel trash can. I'm embarrassed to admit I've lived for two years with one of those small plastic ones that should sit under the sink, but mine's in plain view. Quel cochon! But to quote Cher Horowitz: You see how picky I am about shoes and they only go on my feet. Yet unlike Cher, I am poor. I wanted stainless steel to work with my Ikea shelf brackets and mini fridge but I'm not feeling a brushed finish. I also don't care for oval waste bins; a rectangle would match my sharp-edged cabinet too well. So I Googled, and what I wouldn't give for this shiny circular Danish beauty:
It's a little unsettling when an 8-gallon trash can costs more than the most expensive printer/copier/scanner/fax machine combo I'm considering for my New Business Venture ($469). Plus Vipp, while sleek and sturdy, also sort of looks like a Teletubbie? He's out on price alone.
Next stop was Gracious Home where this Brabantia (that's Belgian for "Danes will gouge you") number caught my eye:
Perfect. Gleaming stainless with no labels or ears or doodads and the pedal mechanism worked like it had hydraulics. But 100 bucks? I could buy three pairs of jeans on sale at Urban Outfitters for that kind of cheddar!
Back down Sixth Avenue to Bed Bath & Beyond. 90% of the selection is by SimpleHuman -- not a bad brand but most of their options are brushed metal. I settled on a polished 30-Liter can so generic they don't even carry it online. Looks like this:
But 20 bucks less at only $29.99! Sure the pedal sticks a little and I might paint the black top red or Klein blue, but it does the job.
Anyone else have neurotic trash can preferences? Do you buy the special bags or just Glad Flexi-strong-whatevers in bulk? I can still see a thin strip of white bag around the lid of mine and it's making me the teensiest bit mental ...