One person's trash truly is another person's treasure. We've had in mind that we want to lay boards down on the veg patch to be able to walk amongst the plants more easily for watering, picking, etc, but we were balking a bit at the idea of going to the hardware store to buy the wood.
Then, yesterday and today I was walking the dogs and lo and behold there were piles of 'junk' on the curb waiting to be picked up by the garbage truck (a special truck that only comes around so often for big things), including several long planks that are exactly what we needed! So many thanks to my neighbors who unknowingly supplied our garden boards for us free, well, the price of slight embarrassment due to the strange looks I received as I hauled the wood home over my shoulder.
Even better, there was actually a perfectly decent old wooden table that we went back for when Henry got home with the car. Sure the finish has worn off quite a bit and there are a few paint splatters on the top, but with a little TLC it should be just fine.