Anyway, we've set all sorts of things out front and people take them away and seem so happy! What got us started was a broken rocking chair. I believe in putting trash in the trash and giving useful things to charity, and I felt this chair was trash. So I set it out for the trash. Instead, a nice man knocked on my door and asked if he could have it and fix it up. He seemed so happy when I said yes!
So we were thinking, what else would people carry off for us? So far -- 2 ugly, cheap night stands and matching ugly headboard, a healthrider,
OK that's it. It seems like a short list now, but it was big bulky stuff.
I tend to do like you do -- put super junky stuff on the curb and if someone wants it they can have it.
you know what they say:
one man's trash is another's treasure.
Anyway, I take advantage of this. I put stuff out there in a box with a free sign on it. The last batch was really odd- a bunch of plastic lids that I could no longer find the bottoms to (among other assorted items). Someone took them all within an hour! And t's not like the just took the whole box and left- the were nice enough to leave the box in case we needed it, but took every last plastic lid. Who knows- maybe they are working on some crazy art project.
*pots, pans, measuring cups and spoons (indeed, much of my first kitchen. We still have some of it.)
*physics and chemistry textbooks (I'm a physicist if it matters)
*DD's rocking chair -- perfect condition once I repainted it
*mystery plants from those little seed starter thingys (turned out to be pretty flowers)
*a pile of mixed-up legos
So thank you for decluttering.
(Though the best piles are those "free" piles left after a garage sale.
Thus said, I DO have some limits about what I'll take out of someone's trash or buy at a yard sale! Ever see that Volkswagen ad where two young guys are driving around in their VW with some music playing and see a cool upholstered chair sitting out on the curb? Next thing you know they are driving around with that chair in the backseat. Then they are looking at each other frowning with their noses all wrinkled up and a "What's that smell?" look, and then you see the chair on another curb as they drive off . . . . I've had similar experiences!!!
We ripped up our carpet recently because our dog was old and incontinent--and we decided that since we were at it we'd re-do the floor in one of our bedrooms where the carpet wasn't so bad. We put that carpet out on the lawn, where it was sitting in the dirt getting rained on for at least several weeks while waiting for us to find a truck to take it to the dump. Finally DH got the idea to cut it up into little pieces a couple of square feet, so we could start to gradually dispose of it with the weekly trash. He had it sitting out on the curb and some guy came and asked if he could take it. DH was like, "uh, if you want to, PLEASE DO!!" We couldn't imagine what someone would want old, rained on, yukky carpet pieces for!!
Cute story: Someone gave my STBX a cap for his truck and it ended up not fitting. Since it was given to him, he decided to just give it away. It sat by the road for over a week with a FREE sign on it. Jokingly, I told him I was going to put a $25 sign on it, hoping someone would just steal it so it would be gone. 15 minutes after I made my silly little magic-marker sign someone knocked on my door and handed me $25 in cash.
Originally Posted by mmace
annakiss - are you near Case? I was up there for my friends law school graduation a few years ago (okay, now that I think about it, it was almost seven years ago!) and your neighborhood sounds like where she lived. It was so nice!
Why have we been carrying this stuff around with us?
Our new house is going to seem so much nicer with out all this junk.
We got the kids bunkbeds from the lady across the street, the desk I'm sitting at was sitting in front of the church down the road (the minister came out and helped DH load it into the back of his truck :LOL )
I've gotten furniture throughout the years (again, steam cleaned they're fine!) too.
I've sat out old stoves, desks, toddler beds, bikes, old furniture (after all, we upgraded with curbside attire :LOL), beds, broken washers...I swear, the stuff is gone in minutes!
Mom to two boys, ages 8 and 11, and one blessing due May 8th.
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I love Lease Ending Day, which is the day all of the students' leases end at UC Davis (Sept. 1). I always get tons of stuff... last year I got two books that sold within a week for a total of $150, plus more...
Of course, now I need to declutter...
Single mom to Rain (1/93) , grad student, and world traveler
You guys have me laughing- especially putting DH out there.
We put anything and everything out and its usually gone before the garbage guy gets there.
I have put out:
A 10 speed bik. Put it out at 1am. DH went out at 6am to get the paper- it was gone.
A microwave. DH wanted to put the trash sticker on. I said to wait until morning. The word were not all the way out of my mouth- the doorbell rang. This man wanted to know if the microwave still worked that we put outside.
My DH said yes, it just blew a fush or light.
Anything play equipment goes quickly. When we are all done with play equipment, I'm just going to put it on our front lawn and say TAKE.
I'm not good at hunting for this stuff so I have not found anything
For 12 years, we lived in a large apartment complex. We could see the dumpsters from our balcony. At first, we picked up the odd item - a pair of almost new Doc Marten's comes to mind. We were disgusted that people would put such good stuff in the garbage. I mean, at least cart it off to Goodwill. But then people started getting the idea. People started coming around with trucks (especially around the first of the month). Someone once asked me what I was looking for - she was picking up stuff to send to the needy in Latin America, and were there any items we could trade!
Some of our choicest picks? A Little Tykes rocking horse for DD, lots of books and toys for her, a couple of trikes, a pair of lovely moss green Birkenstocks, a brandnew Clarks sheepskin jacket, a big huge hikers backpack that we use for groceries, some classic vinyl albums. I always had an umbrella stroller on hand for pg friends LOL!
There was some terribly funky furniture over the years that I had to leave behind because we didn't have room. We took some stuff when we moved that we plan to sell in a yard sale this spring.
We moved last spring. I miss "The Gold Mine"...
My sister is the Dumpster Diving Diva of our family, though. A couple of years ago one of my mom's neighbors across the alley died, and her son put a bunch of old stuff in the dumpster. My sister found a cool old manual typewriter and wound up just talking to him and carried off several pieces of furniture, etc. We also used to scrounge the alleys for stuff as kids to decorate and furnish our backyard fort. Occasionally mom would come out and veto something, but not usually. We just figured that except for firewood, if their fence ran to the property line and they left it outside the fence in the alley (the location of the dumpsters), it was fair game.
breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
I alsways loved the shel silverstien poem :"Hecter the Collector"
If you have anything good its a unwritten rule to leave it sitting on top or outside so everybody can see it :LOL
I have dumpster dived for years. Dh even dived at at library and brought home a bunch of neat books