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    Dumpster Diving

    created by jdominic 1232 days 4 hours 11 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Dumpster Diving

    Garbage grubbing, curb collecting, whatever... One man's trash is another man's treasure, right?

    Yesterday on my walk home from the bus stop, I discovered a beautiful little bookcase someone had set next to a dumpster. It was pretty heavy and I still had a few blocks to go, but carrying it was totally worth the effort. It looks awesome in my foyer, I'm thinking maybe I'll put some books in it, a couple pictures, these old bottles that might do the trick...

    How do you feel about taking something that's been thrown out? What's the best treasure you've dragged home?

    Re: Dumpster Diving

    Good for you jdominic!
    When I first came to the states in 07, my dad furnished our apartment with used furnisher, a lot of it was found on the streets, some even next to the dumpsters. If it's usable, then why not?

    We've dragged many tables in all sizes. I too found two big book cases, fancy ones too. They were made out of heavy wood. My dad picked them up in his truck, and now they sit in the guest room filled with books.

    Since I volunteer for a non-profit organization that sends aids to refugees, I always keep my eyes out for donations. One time I was driving in the neighborhood and found a wheelchair on the sidewalk.The organization I am part of always ships out wheelchairs and walkers to the refugees, so my sister and I were so happy to find a used wheelchair (it was a rusty one too). Oh boy, this is one embarrassing story. We got out of the car and kept trying to close it, until a neighbor came out yelling "HEY! It's someone's wheelchair" We all had a good laugh though.

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    My mom loves dumpster diving I think almost half the furniture we have was found off the street. One day it was raining a little bit and my mom sees a chair that looks exactly like the chairs we have have at home. Since one of the four recently broke this was the perfect opportunity to replace it. So we pull over to the side of the road and put it in the back of the van. After we clean it up and fits right in with the other three chairs and our dining room was complete again. I used to think my mom was crazy to pick up used furniture from the street but now that I look back on it, it was a great idea.

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    That sounds like a great find!

    Years ago, my city used to have something called "Spring Cleaning" where, any trash you put out during one particular week in spring, would be taken to the dump. So the streets were filled with other people's treasures. Mostly the kinds of things you would find at a garage sale.

    I ended up driving all over, looking for furniture. I still have a mirror/medicine cabinet one of my neighbors left out that I've meant to transform. I got that probably more than ten years ago already!

    Probably the best thing that I picked up on the side of the road, though, was a bowling ball for my high school best friend. It was in a leather bag, and I think the name "Julie" is carved into the ball. The one thing, though, that makes me a bit nervous. When I got home, my mom asked me, "what if that had been someone's head inside the bag instead of a bowling ball? What would you have done then? Would you even know whose house it came from?"

    That kind of freaked me out.

    So I'm a bit more cautious now. But I'll still snag a good find if I see something worth taking.

    - Meg

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    When I was living in the dorms at college, my roommate and I drove around looking for some furniture pieces for our room. Low and behold we came across an amazing card table. Not just the cheap square folding card table, an actual card game table, octagon, with the green felt and the leather pads around the edges. No noticeable damage except for some minor scratches on the legs. We loaded it up on the roof and brought it back. That night we hosted our first poker night in the dorms, which lead to a weekly game until we moved out of the dorms. It was the best find I have ever found on the side of the road.

    Re: Dumpster Diving

    Hi Jdominic,

    I used to be super embarrassed when my dad would pull over and start loading his truck with things from someone's garbage but as I got older, I started to embrace it. My dad found some really cool and usable things.

    Now that I'm married (they say a girl always marries a man like her daddy-in my case, it's so true) my husband spots things on the side of the road numerous times a week. He even picks up lawn mowers and grills, then fixes them up and sells them in front of our house or on Craigslist. He even picked up a washer and dryer once that cost him $20 to fix and he sold it for $150!

    We also have some dressers and tables that we picked up and painted that are sitting pretty in our home.

    "One man's trash is another man's treasure"

    Happy dumbster diving,