Summer is here on the military base and that means many families are moving. Moving means there are great finds at the dumpster and the curb on bulk pick up day. We have been “dumpster diving” for several years and have a picked up a few tips along the way.
Bulk Trash Day
An easy way to find great discards without picking through the garbage, is to drive or walk your neighborhood the night before bulk pick up day and see what your neighbors have left at the curb. At this point you can pick up the item of interest and go home. If you are uncomfortable with taking the item you could ask the homeowner if you could have the item, I have never had someone say no. Summer is a great time for curbside finds since many people move in the summer months.
Apartment dumpsters are also good places to find treasures. Apartments have a high turnover and people often leave good items behind.
Visiting the actual dumpster is my last choice. Usually we see stuff lying beside the dumpster or right on top so it is within reach. If you pull things out of a dumpster make sure you don’t leave a mess when you are finished. I recently read that people use long poles to hunt around in dumpsters, that way you avoid getting in the dumpster, which personally I think can be dangerous. If you must go in the dumpster, please wear close toed shoes as well as gloves. Remember you are walking on garbage!
There is actually someone on the internet named “The Dumpster Lady” why this surprises me I don’t know, but anyway, she has written a great article explaining the ins and outs of dumpster diving. While I prefer shopping at the curb, there are people out there who even dumpster dive for food. I am not endorsing this or condoning it, rather just passing the information on to you all.
During a recent trip to the dumpster my husband found this little princess scooter. It just needed a little cleaning and my daughter now has a scooter!
On our morning walk, we found this brand new crib piece. Our neighbors were throwing it out because it had a small scratch on one side, and the company was replacing it.
I didn’t need a crib piece, but I realized that the side of a crib is the exact same size as the width of a double bed. My daughter now has a beautiful headboard (the scratched side is turned towards the wall).
My husband also pulled out 3 nice fishing poles, a battery operated car, another scooter, little girls bike, tandem bike, and a vacuum from the trash in the last few weeks. Some of the finds we are keeping, but we are giving other items to people who need them. I am excited to be able to share our finds with other families! Remember to be on the look out for things not just for yourself, but for others.