Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dumpster Diving for treasure


Ok so dumpster diving is quickly becoming my forte but nonetheless, I still want to have a sense of class about it. First, I hate when people are looking at me picking through others people garbage. But nonetheless, I think it's important to develop the a spirit of re-utilization and a wanting to recycle materials that will other wise just add to land fills. While searching for treasures i have to be discreet and I also must not appear like I'm patrolling around the neighborhood. But the best way that I have found is to search my neighborhood the night prior to garbage pickup. I have a bit of dark humor when I say this, but 'look what the tornado dropped in" I found these two shelving systems that were thrown out and were perfect for my growing needs. But Again even though my wife shares my enjoyment she has her limits. as for me I just can get carried away with using all kinds of materials. The only thing that is holding me back is the thought of my space looking like a junkyard museum. I do not want that.

5 comments:

Kenneth Moore said...

Wicked! I am going to a few yard sales this weekend, hopefully I will find some deals! For some reason in this apartment wonderland I live in, people don't often put things outside--they're more likely to use the apartment's trash facilities and leave it there "anonymously," but I haven't noticed much of value during my forays down there.

I don't even know what day trash day is, here... I guess every day. 3500 people in one building generate a lot of trash.

Those shelves look wicked! I'm running out of space on the lip of my planter box--I'm soon going to get hanging window boxes and maybe a few shelves like yours.

The Beneficial Bee said...

I love it. Classy dumpster diving. There is a lot of good stuff in the trash! My mom was an avid dumpster diver when I was a kid. Jess

Sue said...

Our town used to have an annual "clean-out-your-basement" trash day. Wow, you talk about junkers heaven. The streets would be FULL of pickups cruising slowly past the mounds, looking for the perfect score. I miss those days!

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

We love the weekends when the college kids move out of the dorms and head back home. TONS of great stuff to be had! Dumpster diving isn't anything to be ashamed of - if you could tour a landfill and see all that ends up there - perfectly GOOD stuff that people could sit on a curb with a "free" sign instead of burying it into the earth. People are so infuriating sometimes! I should take photos of all the stuff that we now own that were trash finds.

ATW said...

I love making use of things that others want to throw away. But where I live most people that dumpster dive are driving around with a Fred Sanford truck with Joe Dirt driving shot gun. The dudes are so drunk on most days I saw one guy get out, stumble all over the garbage cans to pick up a broken chair. It just left me saying, "eww..." So I in no way want to be associated with my local brethren. Im sure they are doing a fine job, but they look soooo sooo bad doing it. I think there should be like a dumpster diving etiquette.