Parking spot savers started to pop up across South Boston the day after the snowstorm. It's grueling work to carve out a vehicle out of a thick pile of snow so locals have traditionally used orange cones or any grabbable item from the home to reserve the spot afterward.

The unofficial reward for shoveling out a spot in a neighborhood notorioius for lack of parking is to earn the right to the spot for some amount of time. For how long is something locals like to argue about-- some would say that it’s for the entirety of the season while the city says it’s for 48 hours after a snow emergency ends.

Take a look at some of the creative items used by Southie residents to save their spot. If you spot one in your neighborhood, send a picture to us.

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On Columbia Road one resident used a stroller to claim their spot.


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A view of parking cones in South Boston from above taken Sunday morning.


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As the snow came in over the weekend, the space savers came out as residents in South Boston dug out their cars.
Pictured below: A snow-filled Baxter Street.


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Chairs defended residents’ parking spots on P Street.


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Some folks didn’t even bother. A barley visible car on East 2nd Street.


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A lawn chair held a space for the owner on East 3rd Street.


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A trash bag and an umbrella held this space on East 2nd Street.


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A Bruins trashcan is used to hold a space on West 4th Street.


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Even if the golf courses are closed there’s still a use for a golf bag.


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Christmas only comes once a year, but the tree base makes a pretty nice space saver.


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With all the cool weather fans aren’t getting used for their intended purpose.


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An umbrella and chair combo saved a parking spot in South Boston on Saturday.


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Maybe the residents who shoveled out this space were thinking of summer when they put out their space saver.


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A human parking spot saver on Marine Road in South Boston. Actually, Jessica Mercaldi was taking a break from shoveling snow as Sean Ledwidge continued working. The chair stayed, though.


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A saw horse hed a parking spot near F and Second Streets after heavy snow in 2005.


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On Marine Road in South Boston a lounge chair was used to save a spot in between two vehicles in 2011.


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Eventually, the parking spot savers have to go. Vladimar Diaz with Capital Waste Services carried a table to the trash truck that was left on East Third Street in South Boston to save a parking spot in 2010.


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Diaz with Capital Waste Services contemplatesdwhat to do with a TV/VCR combo that was left on East Third Street in South Boston to save a parking spot. His crew went around collecting trash on the regular trash pick up day but were also ordered to put all place-savers in the trash. He was not allowed to put the TV in the truck and put it in a snowbank instead.


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Some of the unusual things people leave out to mark their shoveled-out parking spots on the streets of South Boston, including this cart with a concete cylinder block inside on Columbia Road.


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This propane tank (hopefully empty) was left on Columbia Road.


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This fan was spotted on K Street in 2009.


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