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Do you believe somebodies trash is somebodies treasure?

Asked by Frenchfry (7579points) August 6th, 2010

Would you stop and pick up something out of the trash? Like a couch, bar stool, anything? It seems to be popular around here. I bought a new diningroom table and brought my old out to the trash and it was snapped up two seconds later. So I guess that’s true that saying.

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MissA's avatar

Of course. For some, that table may provide where they have none. Or, perhaps a project is at hand. It is the best recycling, both for physical and mental reasons. I encourage everyone to do what you have done. Thank you, @Frenchfry.

Cruiser's avatar

I am always amazed at what people in my area throw away especially in the kids department. Also Freecycle.org is one of the best ideas I have seen on the internet…you can get rid of and get just about anything FOR FREE! Best part is it is not going to a land fill anytime soon!

Incinerator's avatar

Have you ever seen American Pickers on TV? It’s great. I’ve trash picked a few cool things in my days.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Years ago, a friend said, “Come on; we’re going on a ‘dumpster dive’. He would drive around apartment complexes on the last day of the month and scavenge for items that people moving out leave for the bin collectors.

e-Bay is a prime example. People sell stuff there all the time that has value to the purchaser, whether a collector or someone just buying it for sentimental reasons.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Absolutely. Less waste goes to the landfill.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

NO! I do however,believe this”:,dammit! XD

Your_Majesty's avatar

Yes,and depends on the trash.

gailcalled's avatar

Always. I leave half-way decent stuff on the grassy verge at the end of my dirt road. It disappears quickly. (sombody’s).

When I was living in Philly, we dropped things at our curb.

CherrySempai's avatar

Most definitely. My life is pretty much filled with odds and ends that some other people would see as trash, but I see has quirky or something. I haven’t actually taken people’s trash before, but I would gladly if I saw something I liked. :P

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes. A couple of years ago, I saw two old looking wooden tables in the trash. They looked nice, so I took them home. A few weeks later, I took them to an antique dealer and he paid me $500 for each one, which means they were actually worth around $1,000 to $1,500 on the antique market.

zen_'s avatar

I just think my old shirts are some poor person’s newer shirts. It saddens me.

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