View Poll Results: Have you ever done any dumpster diving?

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  • Yes, I do regularly, and have done it for many years

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, occasionally, now and for many years.

    3 7.69%
  • Yes, just recently.

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, routinely in the past, but not now.

    2 5.13%
  • Yes, occasionally in the past, but not now.

    1 2.56%
  • I have done it just once or twice,

    3 7.69%
  • I have never done it

    17 43.59%
  • I have found a few goodies in trash and dumpsters

    6 15.38%
  • I have found lots of goodies in trash and dumpsters.

    1 2.56%
  • Dumpster diving is filthy, count me out.

    9 23.08%
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I was once driving through a ritzy neighborhood where my brother lives, and saw a practically new toilet by the side of the road waiting for the trash guys to pick it up, and made my kids help me put it in the trunk. My boyfriend was rehabbing his ghetto shack* and toilets are expensive.



    *he refers to it as an investment property.
    The nicer the neighborhood, the better the findings....
    In the Phoenix area, most nice areas have HOA rules that limit yard sales to once or twice a year, and all the residents have to do it on those days or not at all. So a lot of nice stuff gets put out for sale all at once. They don't need the money, just trying to clear out "junk", so prices are good...
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    The nicer the neighborhood, the better the findings....
    In the Phoenix area, most nice areas have HOA rules that limit yard sales to once or twice a year, and all the residents have to do it on those days or not at all. So a lot of nice stuff gets put out for sale all at once. They don't need the money, just trying to clear out "junk", so prices are good...
    That's exactly right. It's also why we prowl the goodwill in our area so frequently, you can't believe the stuff that the rich people around us throw away/donate. I've picked up a ton of furniture and repainted/refinished it. I see no reason to buy something new when I can get something used for a fraction of the price. Except mattresses. My grandma bought a mattress at a yard sale when she and my grandpa were first married during the depression. It was infested with bed bugs.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    I've never dumpster-dived, but I have snatched some discarded stuff from the curb that folks were tossing out. Like that small red metal kids wagon that was popular in the 50/60s. I restored it and it looks brand new now. Stuff like that.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    My last job, before retiring, had me staging material for projects that involved removing old electronic communications stuff and putting in new.
    I was told to haul the old equipment to the Surplus Dept of our company, but I did it my way. The racks were reuseable, so I saved them.
    Later on, we had a sudden need for more racks than our supplier had on hand, and I just happened to have more than enough for the job.
    The engineers I supported appreciate that kind of thinking.
    More than once, while I am hauling stuff TO the Surplus Dept, I ended up hauling stuff back. Our storage area was well stocked, well enough to save a few thousand bucks a year.
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Gary looks in the dumpsters when he delivers to businesses. That's how we got our canopy carport among other things. I've never actually dived into a dumpster although I've always loved shopping at estate/garage sales. I like the old stuff, antiques appeal to me.

    The only thing I think we've ever bought new is our beds and our dining set. Mom recently gave me her antique dining set so I just got rid of our dining set. I love it!

    We're going to buy our first *new* living room furniture this month. We've been out looking at different furniture stores and I think we've decided on a leather set that's a blend of cream/oyster in color. We have a few more places to hit before we decide on the one .
    I do like finding bargains at garage sales but I'm really excited about getting something new.



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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    IMO, the true crazy ones are those who live in fear.
    Yeah, people who don't want lice, fleas, mites, bedbugs, or potentially toxic mold in their homes... *we're* the crazy ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by missypea View Post
    Gary looks in the dumpsters when he delivers to businesses. That's how we got our canopy carport among other things. I've never actually dived into a dumpster although I've always loved shopping at estate/garage sales. I like the old stuff, antiques appeal to me.

    The only thing I think we've ever bought new is our beds and our dining set. Mom recently gave me her antique dining set so I just got rid of our dining set. I love it!

    We're going to buy our first *new* living room furniture this month. We've been out looking at different furniture stores and I think we've decided on a leather set that's a blend of cream/oyster in color. We have a few more places to hit before we decide on the one .
    I do like finding bargains at garage sales but I'm really excited about getting something new.

    I LOVE used stuff, and most especially antiques. The older it is, the better (as long as it still functions!). I routinely peruse estate auctions looking for cool used stuff. I got a $4000 bed for $300 that way. My Victorian, velvet couch and 'smoking' chair are used, as are my coffee tables, end tables, and settee. (and all of my pots and pans, dishes, and sliverware, most of my linens, and my vanity and bookcase) I bid on this really old desk at an auction and lost it, but I would have LOVED to have won it. It was so old and so used. So much character! I keep my eyes open on craigslist and auction sites for another old desk (since I'm in the market for one).

    And books, omg I love old books. My mom and sister go to yard sales all the time and keep their eyes peeled for old books for me. One year for xmas, my sister packed a box full of old books as a gift for me. I LOVED it. She said I was the only person she knew that would be so tickled to get a box of old, musty books.

    I used to LOVE going up into my grandmother, and great-grandparent's attics. I just adored looking around at all of their old ****. And thinking to myself, "someday, I'm going to get all this ****." LOL And it's not like any of it was expensive or worth anything. But I just love things that have a history behind them.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    The nicer the neighborhood, the better the findings....
    In the Phoenix area, most nice areas have HOA rules that limit yard sales to once or twice a year, and all the residents have to do it on those days or not at all. So a lot of nice stuff gets put out for sale all at once. They don't need the money, just trying to clear out "junk", so prices are good...
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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
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    Satan is definitely running my HOA.

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Yeah, people who don't want lice, fleas, mites, bedbugs, or potentially toxic mold in their homes... *we're* the crazy ones.

    I LOVE used stuff, and most especially antiques. The older it is, the better (as long as it still functions!). I routinely peruse estate auctions looking for cool used stuff. I got a $4000 bed for $300 that way. My Victorian, velvet couch and 'smoking' chair are used, as are my coffee tables, end tables, and settee. (and all of my pots and pans, dishes, and sliverware, most of my linens, and my vanity and bookcase) I bid on this really old desk at an auction and lost it, but I would have LOVED to have won it. It was so old and so used. So much character! I keep my eyes open on craigslist and auction sites for another old desk (since I'm in the market for one).

    And books, omg I love old books. My mom and sister go to yard sales all the time and keep their eyes peeled for old books for me. One year for xmas, my sister packed a box full of old books as a gift for me. I LOVED it. She said I was the only person she knew that would be so tickled to get a box of old, musty books.

    I used to LOVE going up into my grandmother, and great-grandparent's attics. I just adored looking around at all of their old ****. And thinking to myself, "someday, I'm going to get all this ****." LOL And it's not like any of it was expensive or worth anything. But I just love things that have a history behind them.
    Meaning??
    To be willing to use discretion and dirty ones hands....
    The fear thing is not to dive in the first place, even with a little common sense, it is "safe".

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    Re: Have you ever been dumpster diving?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Yeah, people who don't want lice, fleas, mites, bedbugs, or potentially toxic mold in their homes... *we're* the crazy ones.



    I LOVE used stuff, and most especially antiques. The older it is, the better (as long as it still functions!). I routinely peruse estate auctions looking for cool used stuff. I got a $4000 bed for $300 that way. My Victorian, velvet couch and 'smoking' chair are used, as are my coffee tables, end tables, and settee. (and all of my pots and pans, dishes, and sliverware, most of my linens, and my vanity and bookcase) I bid on this really old desk at an auction and lost it, but I would have LOVED to have won it. It was so old and so used. So much character! I keep my eyes open on craigslist and auction sites for another old desk (since I'm in the market for one).

    And books, omg I love old books. My mom and sister go to yard sales all the time and keep their eyes peeled for old books for me. One year for xmas, my sister packed a box full of old books as a gift for me. I LOVED it. She said I was the only person she knew that would be so tickled to get a box of old, musty books.

    I used to LOVE going up into my grandmother, and great-grandparent's attics. I just adored looking around at all of their old ****. And thinking to myself, "someday, I'm going to get all this ****." LOL And it's not like any of it was expensive or worth anything. But I just love things that have a history behind them.
    But you can come home with mites, molds, lice, etc when buying used stuff too. Some of the stuff you find at estate sales is no cleaner than something you may find sitting out by the road or dumpster. lol.

    This is what borax, hot water and soap is for

    Oh and hate to tell ya this: but mites are verywhere and esp. in olde books Mites eat off our dead skin at night. I saw a show about this and no matter how clean the home? These little mites you cannot see are eating away at us.
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