Our pots and pans have seen better days. One night after cooking, we had to just throw a teflon pot away. It was chipping. And chipping teflon equals cancer. We said we’d have to go to the store and buy a new one. And a few additional ones, too, most likely. It’s a good thing I’m not super mom and didn’t go out the next morning.
The next afternoon, some neighbors were moving out. They had a TON of stuff they were getting rid of, and all of it was really nice. I guess they were downsizing. Bookshelves, cabinets, a fake Christmas tree, tables, and pots and pans. I felt kind of weird being the first person out there, but I grabbed them up. We probably saved at least $70; there’s not much variety, but they’re pretty nice.
The bookshelves, tables and cabinets were gone by sunset. Stuff doesn’t stay on curbs around here very long. I know someone that’s always finding TVs this way. I’m wondering if that’s a geographic phenomenon or if turning one man’s literal trash into your own treasure is a common practice across cultures. What do you think? Would you scavenge?