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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2006 01:25:00 PM »

I miss Germany. Twice a year (i think it was, but I was a little kid) they did taxes and apparently they were taxed on things they owned. People would pile things on the curb and we called it junking. I remember being out walking for hours and carrying home armloads of things. Toys, accesories, FURNITURE!

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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2006 03:40:27 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2007 12:25:36 AM »

I just found out that dumpster diving is allowed in my town as long as you dont make a mess and that you dont break locks or anything like that. yeah so i guess my county allows it. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!

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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2007 04:52:58 AM »

I remember going for a walk as a child and picking up some random soft toys from a dumpster.

My aunt also used to check through the dumpster on the army base she lived in for stuff to sell in the second hand shop. Always families moving as the soldiers get posted to other places. A sign that some families were aware of her activities was her one day finding some lovely designer shirts. Not only where they in good condition, the person throwing them had washed them, ironed them and folded them neatly into a plastic bag. Wink


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« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2007 06:51:57 PM »

Another good place to go is colleges.  At the end of the semester when kids are moving out of the dorms they throw out so much usable stuff.  Of course, check with the college office to see what their policies are.

Also try the neighborhoods around the college. We lived in a college town for a while and the kids would pack the surounding apartment complexes. I've heard of people finding entire computers (in good working order) in the  dumpsters because the owners couldn't fly home with them at the end of the school year. We got quite a bit of furniture just from people moving out of our small complex. I always wanted to borrow a truck on moving day and troll the neighborhoods for stuff but we never did.

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« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2007 07:17:56 PM »

OH MAN! college move out!!  some even have lists of free furniture etc... just come and get it!!  I have found my entire bedroom furniture - Pier 1 ... an entire set!! - this way! - also electronics and books and the list goes on!! and when you meet the students they will throw in all kinds of things - esp the seniors!!!  and i have been invited to all the good bye parties!!  ok well - i work at a university... so get ready people! the season of moving is coming and the early bird well... you know!! 
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2007 07:22:30 PM »

OOOHHH!! I forgot to mention - our UNIV also has a 'surplus' store- its only open 1-2 days a week... open to the public and offers anything and everything very cost effective!!  from computers to hardware to furniture - its usually great stuff they are just upgrading the offices/dorms/classrooms etc... not a hugely advertised store but defintely worth checking out - we even offer an online look
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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2007 11:01:05 PM »

I feel that everyone, especially poor college students, should learn the art of diving (and do it at least once. Grin)  My friends scope out the local industrial parks and malls- and always come back with something.  Everything from computer desks and clothing chests- to chips, donuts, and flowers.
...I remember one night we picked up at least forty bouquets of flowers (including the expensive red roses) and proceded to hand them out at a nearby McDonald's.  A local floral distributer is only open Monday-Friday.  Any flowers/bouquets left on Friday are thrown out, because they won't last the weekend.  We like to salvage them, and make others smile a little.  Smiley Cheesy Smiley
I would like to mention that diving is illegal in some places, but special care should be taken even where it is legal.  Businesses tend to frown on diving because of the mess bad divers leave behind.  Good divers should be sure to leave the area nicer than when they found it, and not damage personal property.  No damage to the dumpsters.  No debris should be outside the dumpster.  This being said I highly recommend gloves, an air freshener, a flashlight, and a speedy means of transportation (incase of conflict.)  Always scope the area prior to diving.  Notice trash compactors.  A trash compactor typically means you won't find much in the dumpster (unless you are REALLY lucky and someone doesn't do their job right.)
Hmmm.  Now I wish I had hit that floral shop tonight... Maybe next week eh?  And a trip to the chip distributors might be in order.  Btw, to those of you near a Dunkin' Donuts bakery- they throw out 50 lbs bags of 'reject' donuts.  The bottom of the bag is squished to heck, but the ones near the top are perfectly fine.  To those who shudder at the thought of food/produce from a dumpster- I understand.  But typically these things are thrown in bags that are placed in boxes, that are arranged in the dumpster.  Unfortunately the boxes have a disclaimer on them, making it illegal for people to take them... Not that it matters.  Most people can't even lift that many donuts.  I say take what you want, close the box back up, and go.  Smiley  Who can say no to free donuts?
Happy Diving!  If I ever get a great haul, I'll post back.
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« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2007 08:14:23 PM »

I've long been a dumpster picker -- that is, I'll look in the dumpster and reeeeeach to get what I want.  Well, the day finally came (this last Thursday, as a matter of fact) that I had to actually climb into the dumpster to get what I was after.  Such a rush!  It was vintage fabric scraps -- what was I supposed to do?  The cute little 2" x 6" piece of strawberry fabric was looking up at me, saying in a pathetic little voice, "You can't just leave me here!  Wouldn't I look cute as part of a patchwork zipper pouch?"  So congratulate me -- I've officially reached the next level.   Grin 

Oh, and I'll post pictures of my haul here pretty soon...

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