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« on: May 12, 2005 11:39:33 AM »

It is the end of the semster here and everyone is cleaning out their dorm/house/apartment. This means that there is tons and tons and tons of free stuff just lying around! People seem more willing to throw stuff away then donate it or take it home with them.

I went by the huge dumpsters that the school puts out for large items and came home with so much awesome junk! I went looking for an egg-crate for my bed and came home with 2. Plus silk flowers, posterboard, a cool new t-shirt, giant post-it note paper and cd's!

There are futon frames, old posters, more wood than you can shake a stick at, folders, art, clothes, craft supplies, and so much more!

I would were closed toe shoes if I were you ( you never know what you are going to find in a dumpster!). Lots of stuff is just sitting on people's trash piles too.

So much good stuff for the taking!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2005 06:12:44 PM »

yep my school has a program called "dump and run" where people put everything that is usable into giant boxes avaliable in every dorm. Then the stuff is collected and sold at cheap prices at the beginning of the school year for charity (i think). It's a fun place to buy stuff and there's so much stuff to choose from. Of course most of the stuff is used but it's still good.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2005 06:55:33 AM »

If you're doing this in New Orleans, watch it.  I have been threatened with arrest at Tulane U, and one of my friends was busted with a truck full of dumpstered stuff and was made to put it all back in the dumpster!  I don't want to discourage dorm diving because those college kids throw away the best stuff, just watch your back!
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2005 08:17:06 AM »

WHAT?!  They threatened arrest?!  Made him/her put it BACK?!  That's insane!  I don't understand why they don't allow it...  it's not like you're stealing from a store!  You're saving the planet!

All it means is just go in the middle of the night, and have a lookout.  :-D
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2005 04:05:43 PM »

We've gone in the middle of the night.  At Tulane there are cops on foot and in golf carts, just watching out for suspicious lookin crafty girls. Really.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2005 01:17:13 PM »

Last summer I practically outfitted my summer sublet with things from dorm dumpsters - my lamp, desk chair, tv stand, even my trashcan. Not to mention fans, those plastic drawer things, and a course catalog (which you get for free your first year, but you have to buy after that), and all kinds of cool things to decorate or use for crafts. It's great!
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2005 12:00:36 PM »

OK, I know someone has posted about dumps, but in Alaska we have transfer stations - central spots around town where people bring their stuff to be transferred to the dump. Many of these also have recycle decks - covered platforms where you can drop off still useable stuff.

I'm not ashamed to say I go dumpster diving regularly. Here are some of the things I've seen and/or brought home:
*clothing - dresses, pants, sweaters, shoes, etc.
*books and magazines
*furniture - chairs, ottomans, tables, dressers
*refrigerator - most are gross but I got one in good condition
*10x20 area rug in perfect condition
*a kayak
*a roller tray and paint roller - perfect since I'm painting the house I'm building
*lighting - chrsitmas lights to ceiling fixtures
*electronics - I even got an 8-track player!
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2006 03:19:20 PM »

Dumpster Diving. Yes, awkward subject, I know. I was wondering if any of you guys dive or if you find any good things for crafts. (This is probably more 'recycle' than 'crafts', but honestly, I'll do anything for a bargain!  Grin)

On this same note... I want to start diving,  Shocked but I need a buddy. Is there anyone here from Bellevue-ish Nebraska area?

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2006 03:37:41 PM »

I'm not from your area, sorry, but with you in spirit!  I have trained my children to scour the allies while I drive on the way home from school.  I have found some amazing things and turned them into useful stuff.  My favorite piece was a broken shutter closet door.  I sawed it to about 2 1/2 feet long, painted it white, and hung it up on the wall with a red ribbon.  Then I used clothespins and hung up our christmas cards on the ledges.  Sorry, no picture it was before I joined craftser!  Also unfortunately it was accidently broken beyond repair a year ago.
That's my LONG-winded way to say I love dumpster diving/ alley pick-ups.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2006 03:53:38 PM »

Go for it but be careful if you actually go into the dumpsters.  It helps to always have a sturdy pair of gloves and a stick with you.  And a good supply of bags.  Basically, if it smells or there are signs of bugs or other things...stay away! 

Check to see if your town has a special day for larger item trash pick ups.  It is amazing what people will throw away. 
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