I’m Not Above Scavenging

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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?

31 thoughts on “I’m Not Above Scavenging

  1. Modest Money

    I’m not above scavenging either. In my old apartment there would always be something or another that someone was giving away for free. I got my microwave for free off of craigslist too.

    I think it would be a fairly common practice, but it probably gained momentum in North America after the recession.

  2. Lynda

    If you are in Korea and you see four beautiful chairs sitting on the curb, whatever you do DON’T BRING IT HOME. I had an old Korean woman yell at me. No one was around to translate. I shrugged and took them into my apartment.

    I learned after that furniture on the curb is NEVER for the taking in Korea. It’s for the movers to come and pick them up.. =$

  3. MariaSelf

    WOW, those are amazing finds! I think it’s everyone’s culture, I mean, why not? If you need the things that someone else wants to get rid of – it’s logical to help each other out!;-)

  4. jlcollinsnh

    I haven’t, but I certainly would if the opportunity presented itself with something I needed.

    As a kid, I roamed the alleys with my pals looking for treasures. Drove my mother nuts.

    Back when we lived in Lakewood Ohio we were on a busy street. They day before trash collection, people would put stuff out on the tree lawn and sitting on our porch we could watch as scavengers stopped by to poke thru it all. Unlike Korea, if you put it out there it was free for the taking.

    One time we had a laugh as a lady in a brand new Mercedes stopped and picked up a few things. Until it occurred to us that she was the one with the new Mercedes….

  5. canadianbudgetbinder.com

    YES I would scavage. I was driving home one day and noticed a lawn roller on the curb. I stopped my truck and asked the bloke outside the house about it. He was an older gentleman and he said take it. There’s nothing wrong with it but I’m too old to push it any more. So $150 later, it’s in the back of my truck and away I go! So ya.. bring it on! Great finds for you.. Cheers Mr.CBB

  6. Susan Martin

    I love to scavenge. I find that most of the stuff other people get rid of is better than the stuff I have. Nearly our entire household is furnished with other people’s leftovers. I wish I could find someone getting rod of a couch right now. We really need one but no way am I paying new prices. One will turn up. I hope you enjoy your finds.

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