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post #41 of 91
My mom's old apartment complex it was sort of "known" that if you had something you were ditching and it was still in decent shape, you put it NEXT TO the dumpster instead of in. People were moving in and out all the time, so there was a steady stream of stuff. My mom picked up some tray tables, a couple rocking chairs, side tables, and a stroller. When they moved out, they left their futon.
post #42 of 91
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Originally Posted by AuntLavender View Post
It was leaking from the top, side and bottom so it cannot be reused. Maybe someone is going to metal recycle it?
Most likely.

Our town has an annual spring clean-up where you can put almost anything out on your curb and the town will pick it up and recycle/dispose of it. (no construction waste, tires and a few other items allowed)

The value of scrap metal was really high this year and the pickers were out in full force. Unfortunately, it hurts the borough as the boro would use the sale proceeds from scrap metal to offset the clean-up costs.

We set some scrap pipe and in seconds (literally) two different people swarmed our corner. When asked if we had more metal, DH replied "yes, and whoever wants to help me haul out an 80 gallon hot water heater (didn't work) gets all of it."

So DH got free labor in exchange for all our scrap metal, which was left over from replumbing the heating system. The guy was so stoked about his haul from our house, he gave us a nearly brand new child's guitar.

In prior years, we set out an entire bedroom set of furniture.

Two years ago it was a nearly complete living room of furniture. Mismatched but clean and comfortable. We were asked by the living room pickers if we could "hold" the stuff. Sorry but no, we don't have "hold" signs in stock. We did agree to let the one guy hang out until his buddies came back with a van.

Clean-up week is just crazy (in a fun way) in our town as everyone is out looking for treasures. DH actually arranges our piles to make our "junk" look appealing - usable things on one pile, old shoes on another, books and so on.

There has been talk in the boro (my neighbor works there) about actually changing to a drop-off system as the traffic problems and picker fights are becoming a problem.
post #43 of 91
that is neat
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
Most likely.

Our town has an annual spring clean-up where you can put almost anything out on your curb and the town will pick it up and recycle/dispose of it. (no construction waste, tires and a few other items allowed)

The value of scrap metal was really high this year and the pickers were out in full force. Unfortunately, it hurts the borough as the boro would use the sale proceeds from scrap metal to offset the clean-up costs.

We set some scrap pipe and in seconds (literally) two different people swarmed our corner. When asked if we had more metal, DH replied "yes, and whoever wants to help me haul out an 80 gallon hot water heater (didn't work) gets all of it."

So DH got free labor in exchange for all our scrap metal, which was left over from replumbing the heating system. The guy was so stoked about his haul from our house, he gave us a nearly brand new child's guitar.

In prior years, we set out an entire bedroom set of furniture.

Two years ago it was a nearly complete living room of furniture. Mismatched but clean and comfortable. We were asked by the living room pickers if we could "hold" the stuff. Sorry but no, we don't have "hold" signs in stock. We did agree to let the one guy hang out until his buddies came back with a van.

Clean-up week is just crazy (in a fun way) in our town as everyone is out looking for treasures. DH actually arranges our piles to make our "junk" look appealing - usable things on one pile, old shoes on another, books and so on.

There has been talk in the boro (my neighbor works there) about actually changing to a drop-off system as the traffic problems and picker fights are becoming a problem.
post #44 of 91
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
We set some scrap pipe and in seconds (literally) two different people swarmed our corner.
Sounds like my parents' town. Same thing. My family put us all through college through rental property investments. Everything that was collected from all these houses would go to the curb during town clean up. The pile would be twice your height. By the end of the day, it was a 1/3 of its original size.
post #45 of 91
I think almost everything we own has been from freecycle, hand-me-downs or curb side shopped. The other week Dh and I were talking about what we actually bought and could only come up with a few things in the whole house! I stop when ever I have a chance and have picked up some pretty neat things.

DH moon lighted for a little while as a parking lot sweeper. He brought home loads of broken bags (he put them in trash bags first!) of assorted top and potting soil, grass seed, mulch, and peat moss from one particular big box store... and the manager gave him an extra tip for hauling it away! That was awesome.

My mom is an awesome curb side shopper. She has brought us lamps, two futons, a wardrobe, dressers, shelves, and set up her house with used baby/kid stuff for when we vist.
post #46 of 91
As far as colleges adn univeristy dumpster divign goes-

I was really proud to see Goodwill bins outside the dorms last spring. It ensures that all the good stuff is getting re-used, and hopefully helps some people along the way!
post #47 of 91
Our neighbor across the street is a garbageman, and he finds the most fantastic things!! Twice a year he cleans out his garage, and the entire neighborhood "shops" in his driveway
post #48 of 91
Oh man..i was taking out the trash today, and there was a book about touring germany lying on top of stuff like backpacks and gift bags. So I picked it up and started flipping through it, and it had nude snapshots of my neighbor in it. I'll never look at her the same way again I shoved them in my juicy garbage bag and tied it closed so nobody else would find them. but it made me giggle...a lot.
post #49 of 91
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Originally Posted by JessicaTX View Post
Oh man..i was taking out the trash today, and there was a book about touring germany lying on top of stuff like backpacks and gift bags. So I picked it up and started flipping through it, and it had nude snapshots of my neighbor in it. I'll never look at her the same way again I shoved them in my juicy garbage bag and tied it closed so nobody else would find them. but it made me giggle...a lot.
LOL! OMG! What a hilarious 'find'!
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post #50 of 91

that would be weird....sounds like they was not concerned about someone finding it.
were the pics published into the book or was it snap shots just stuffed inside the book?

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Oh man..i was taking out the trash today, and there was a book about touring germany lying on top of stuff like backpacks and gift bags. So I picked it up and started flipping through it, and it had nude snapshots of my neighbor in it. I'll never look at her the same way again I shoved them in my juicy garbage bag and tied it closed so nobody else would find them. but it made me giggle...a lot.
post #51 of 91
Snapshots shoved into the book. I think they must have forgotten they were there. They declutter a lot and throw away perfectly good stuff, so I'm not particularly shy about going through it. There were 2 brand new pairs of little girl socks and barrettes still on the card and a brand new looking little boy's backpack and never used giftbags that I rescued yesterday. I left behind the stack of maxim magazines and wallpaper books, ok I did take the wallpaper sample books out to glance through but it was all cabin-y decoration type stuff that isn't my style so I couldn't think of a crafty use for them. I think the book must have been in the stack of magazines and stuff and tossed out since they aren't in germany anymore.

Maybe i should buy them a shredder for christmas =D
post #52 of 91
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Originally Posted by JessicaTX View Post
Snapshots shoved into the book. I think they must have forgotten they were there. They declutter a lot and throw away perfectly good stuff, so I'm not particularly shy about going through it. There were 2 brand new pairs of little girl socks and barrettes still on the card and a brand new looking little boy's backpack and never used giftbags that I rescued yesterday. I left behind the stack of maxim magazines and wallpaper books, ok I did take the wallpaper sample books out to glance through but it was all cabin-y decoration type stuff that isn't my style so I couldn't think of a crafty use for them. I think the book must have been in the stack of magazines and stuff and tossed out since they aren't in germany anymore.

Maybe i should buy them a shredder for christmas =D
lol


or they know you go through stuff and intentionally put them in there...lol
post #53 of 91
i got a really great 6 drawer tall cabinet thing that my mom refinished with antique black paint then *roughed* it up with sand paper. it looks like i spent $$$$$ on it and it was free! love it
post #54 of 91
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Originally Posted by kdabbler View Post
Check out what dh found in the neighborhood on trash day

Maybe the person in question just put it out at the curb thinking it would get picked up before the trash guy. I put stuff out on trash day all the time. We even have two different sets of guys who only show up on trash days to pick. We sometimes flag them down while they are driving! Since we are remodeling, we have all kinds of things like cooper wire, pipe leftover (big bucks now for them) metal this or that or even appliances. IT must be a decent business since I have seen them every week since we moved in.

But 99% of the stuff that is still good that we have put out there has been picked up before the trash guy.
post #55 of 91
We live in an HOA and our particular dumpster is known to have a guy who lives here that makes his living by selling used/fixed up items at the swap meet. We put things out BY the dumpster if they have life left in them and they are gone within an hour or two.

Today was the first time I have ever seen anything *I* have wanted. I have been wanting a plant stand. Well, this morning when I walked DD to school, I saw a great one next to the dumpster. I decided to keep on walking and if it was still there when I got back (nearly an hour later), then I would haul it home. It was still there and now I have a beautiful circular stair-step plant stand!!! I love this thing!!! I need to clean it up and the space where I want it to go.
post #56 of 91
I picked up a perfectly good size 16 tire in the WalMart parking lot. It didn't appear damaged in any way or even very used.
My dad said it had a small leak, which he plugged, but it didn't fit any of the current cars (we had 5 vehicles in rotation for 4 drivers at that time). He put it away and less than a year later he bought a Chrystler that used that same size/type tire - free spare tire!
post #57 of 91
Not really the same type of story, but my parents were replacing the carpet in one room and rolled up the old carpet and put it at the curb for the trash collection. Someone took it and must have unrolled it and saw how old it was and how badly it was stained and actually brought it back and put it back in front of their house!

I still wish I'd have grabbed some of the metal shelves that my neighbor was throwing away. DH was against it so I didn't do it, but they were in good enough shape for using in the basement or garage. Other than that, people don't seem to throw too many good things away. I have seen some people put stuff out with a sign on it "Free" occassionally, but not often. I do tell my neighbors when they move to let me know if there is anything they don't want to take with them b/c I'd be interested in taking a look at it.
post #58 of 91
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Originally Posted by JessicaTX View Post
Oh man..i was taking out the trash today, and there was a book about touring germany lying on top of stuff like backpacks and gift bags. So I picked it up and started flipping through it, and it had nude snapshots of my neighbor in it. I'll never look at her the same way again I shoved them in my juicy garbage bag and tied it closed so nobody else would find them. but it made me giggle...a lot.
laughup
post #59 of 91
We have to take our trash to a little building at the end of our apartment complex. My husband took the trash out one day and came back with a computer that was better than anything we had. He said it was sitting on top of one of the trash cans. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. It looked like the owner was a contractor and all his business records were on it. But there was nothing to identify who he was. We figured the guy must have gotten into a fight with his wife and she threw it out to spite him. Anyway, we got a great computer with a flat screen monitor. He has actually brought home several computers this way. But he has always had to fix them up. We have three computers and three laptops. We haven't paid for any of them. His boss paid for two of the laptops but we haven't paid anything except for a few arts. Several of our friends also have computers because of stuff he has found in the trash.

Kathi
post #60 of 91
My parents actually own a Trash Pick up company so they always find tons of cool items. They have gotten a HUGE GAS GRILL that the tank was empty and the guy didnt want to fill it so he trashed it. : and Mom got a Wicker Rocking chair for her porch that the paint was peeling a little so she re painted it. . . Its crazy what people throw away!
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