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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2024, 10:03:38 AM »
Love this thread! One college I attended started a very cool program where stuff left behind in dorm rooms at the end of the spring semester is now stored in sections of the football stadium building over the summer and then sold back to students in the fall. The prices are affordable for the incoming students, the money raised goes to local charities, and a couple barge's worth of desk chairs and such doesn't end up in the landfill. It's fantastic..
This is brilliant! Kudos to whoever thought of it and followed up on it!


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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2024, 02:03:41 PM »
I知 trying to picture a bar cart designed as a globe. I知 going to go Google those words and see what comes up.

They were super popular for awhile and then came back in popularity as a retro item.


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« Reply #54 on: February 03, 2024, 05:24:31 PM »
I知 trying to picture a bar cart designed as a globe. I知 going to go Google those words and see what comes up.

Like this. They used to be trendy for a while.

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/c/bar-furniture/home-bars?t=24415&featuredproduct=20176603&featuredoption=33524241&ci_sku=26069479-000-000&cnc=US&cid=323894&type=pla&targetid=&track=pspla&utm_source=google&utm_medium=pspla&gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzonEgNqPhAMV2UpHAR2XuQIrEAQYAiABEgI1GvD_BwE

That is exactly it!  I put it out on the sidewalk today and it disappeared after 40 minutes.   I think all men want these and all their wives put the kibosh on it!  Wonder if I'll see it out on the street again on another block!

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #55 on: February 04, 2024, 09:30:41 AM »
The other week, I saw a big, beautiful red leather suitcase out on the curb for bulk pickup. Nothing wrong with it, it wasn't even scuffed. I had to take it home. I don't need luggage, but I have plenty of old clothes and books in my attic that need to be organized and stored.

My only rule is that I wouldn't take anything with fabric parts. I'd be concerned about bedbugs. Everything else is fair game.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #56 on: February 04, 2024, 10:47:08 AM »
The other week, I saw a big, beautiful red leather suitcase out on the curb for bulk pickup. Nothing wrong with it, it wasn't even scuffed. I had to take it home. I don't need luggage, but I have plenty of old clothes and books in my attic that need to be organized and stored.

My only rule is that I wouldn't take anything with fabric parts. I'd be concerned about bedbugs. Everything else is fair game.
If it's small, you can put it oi a plastic bag, seal it up, and check on it in later. If there are bedbugs, you can just toss the whole bag.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #57 on: February 04, 2024, 02:40:52 PM »
The other week, I saw a big, beautiful red leather suitcase out on the curb for bulk pickup. Nothing wrong with it, it wasn't even scuffed. I had to take it home. I don't need luggage, but I have plenty of old clothes and books in my attic that need to be organized and stored.

My only rule is that I wouldn't take anything with fabric parts. I'd be concerned about bedbugs. Everything else is fair game.
If it's small, you can put it oi a plastic bag, seal it up, and check on it in later. If there are bedbugs, you can just toss the whole bag.

. . . or put it in the plastic bag in the hot sun for a few hour (over 50C will kill 'em in about 20 minutes, over 45C takes about an hour and a half).

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2024, 05:24:47 PM »
I live near a beach and the amount of stuff that gets left behind over the summer is astonishing.  I will never be short of a dog towel.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #59 on: February 10, 2024, 01:51:06 PM »
I just found a couple mirrors on the side of the road today, so I'm going to see if there's an artful way to arrange them in the basement to brighten it up a bit.

Rewatch Indiana Jones. Apparently sunbeams bouncing around off of shiny things can be dangerous...

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2024, 09:40:12 AM »
I just found a couple mirrors on the side of the road today, so I'm going to see if there's an artful way to arrange them in the basement to brighten it up a bit.
I just saw something in a shelter magazine where people put the mirrors on the ceiling near the window, rather than on the walls where you'd expect them. A lot of basement-window light is reflecting up from the ground, so a ceiling mirror would really help to bounce that farther into the room.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2024, 10:11:41 AM »
I just found a couple mirrors on the side of the road today, so I'm going to see if there's an artful way to arrange them in the basement to brighten it up a bit.
I just saw something in a shelter magazine where people put the mirrors on the ceiling near the window, rather than on the walls where you'd expect them. A lot of basement-window light is reflecting up from the ground, so a ceiling mirror would really help to bounce that farther into the room.

I've thought of doing this.  Need to figure out a good way to hold them in place though.  I can rig up a simple wooden wall holder, but the ceiling seems like it would require more support in the middle of the mirror (they start to flex and bend a bit when held out like that).

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2024, 10:17:07 AM »
DW just picked up some raised garden beds yesterday in my truck. Bonus for me: I won't have to build her any from scratch for the spring. Most of the things we find are from our local equivalent of a FB buy nothing group. It's just named after our neighborhood. It helps that we're in a quirky liberal college town and people value old stuff and giving it away instead of trashing it. Other free FB finds recently include a nice high chair.

People often put stuff on the curb. I found 2 nice toddler walk/push toys + a hose reel cart that way. We got rid of our old high chair + unwanted framed crap with "curb specials." + an old patio table set pitched in favor of a new one we got for free from family.

This is all in the past year. I'm sure I'm forgetting several things found in years past, like the wood rolling office chair I'm looking at right now.

When we lived in apts there was often stuff around the dumpsters. Plenty of nice and clean boxes for storage or moving. My favorite ever find was ~100 old Playboy magazines in good shape. I had to get rid of half of them when moving, they're just so heavy and take up a lot of space. I'm afraid they would get destroyed (eaten, rotted, nested) if I put them in the attic. Hoping that I can cash them in for at least a few hundred dollars when we need $ (they date back to the 60s, IIRC). Or give them to the DS when he's in his 20s as a funny/stupid inheritance, who knows.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2024, 01:18:34 PM »

We're in the process of downsizing having also just cleared out a deceased parent's apartment. A few things to consider:

1. Nobody wants furniture. It's tough to even give away. I rented a truck and took stuff to the Salvation Army. Even waiting around on FB Marketplace idiots to pick stuff up for free wasn't worth the aggravation.

2. Because nobody wants furniture, the built-ins trend is growing. Our new home has built-in dresser/entertainment center in the master bedroom and built-ins in the closets and throughout the home. We'll give 70-80 percent of our existing stuff away.

3. I miss the glory days of Craigslist -- 2012-2018. You could buy and sell anything in the $100-$300 range. We turned over a lot of furniture. FB Marketplace has conditioned everyone to want free only. So many times with my dad's stuff I'd put it up for $50-$75 and get crickets. But the moment I put free I'd get 50 DMs. If you wanted it that badly, wasn't it worth $50?

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #64 on: February 13, 2024, 01:28:45 PM »
Picked up a new scarf from the ground today.  Looks nicer that the scarf I found a couple months ago, so after it's washed I'll put it in rotation.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #65 on: February 13, 2024, 01:44:22 PM »
I just joined the built in craze. Loft beds, desks, a bench, closets, shelves.

Also just picked up a reusable plastic shopping bag in good condition. I added it to my pile of bags.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #66 on: February 21, 2024, 07:43:45 AM »
Hilarious, I was about to post about how there is no such thing as free curb stuff in Newfoundland because they will sell literally anything.

FB marketplace in NL is packed with literal garbage listed for real money. My local "antiques" shop is literally mostly old garbage, like selling a "vintage" WD40 can, which is really just a half-empty WD40 can from 2005, for $10.

This is actually pretty sweet, that nothing is wasted.

I wish there were somewhere I could donate open containers of things that I don't need anymore or that didn't work out for me. Sometimes I'm able to find a friend who will take an open container of something, but I am not aware of any thrift stores that will accept open containers of anything.

@FrugalShrew I'm coming late to this conversation, but I had great success in posting open containers on the Craigslist free sales section. The trick is to bunch things up, because it's not worth people's while/fuel to travel for just part of a container. When I was emptying my parents' home, I posted on Craigslist a picture of a (clean) garbage can plus a bunch of partially used cleaning liquids and a couple of mops. I got dozens of responses, I accepted the person who was willing to come soonest to take all of it, and it they were gone within two hours. Same thing goes for shampoos, conditioners, or even food that weren't a good fit.

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #67 on: February 21, 2024, 08:30:26 AM »
I scored a pair of USA-made 2001 Klipsch RF-3 floor speakers off the curb in January.

One of them had a dull-sounding tweeter. A replacement titanium dome was ordered on eBay for $19 and new ferrofluid for $10. It worked, and they now sound great.

Will put them up for sale soon at an asking price of $125 or $150.

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« Reply #68 on: February 21, 2024, 09:17:12 AM »
@FrugalShrew I'm coming late to this conversation, but I had great success in posting open containers on the Craigslist free sales section. The trick is to bunch things up, because it's not worth people's while/fuel to travel for just part of a container. When I was emptying my parents' home, I posted on Craigslist a picture of a (clean) garbage can plus a bunch of partially used cleaning liquids and a couple of mops. I got dozens of responses, I accepted the person who was willing to come soonest to take all of it, and it they were gone within two hours. Same thing goes for shampoos, conditioners, or even food that weren't a good fit.

That makes sense about batching things. Thanks for the tip, @Poundwise!

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Re: Stuff people just throw out - their loss, my gain
« Reply #69 on: February 26, 2024, 07:02:07 PM »
A word of caution. I'll be moving soon and I'm planning to throw away almost all my furniture. Maybe suitcases. Probably a bunch of clothes and other things too. I may deface it all before I do. Why? Bedbugs.

I didn't get them from dumpster diving, but I'll never be as comfortable getting secondhand things as I was before.  We saw the first one crawling across the living room floor two days after we moved to this terrible apartment. I cried.


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« Reply #70 on: February 26, 2024, 07:06:11 PM »
A word of caution. I'll be moving soon and I'm planning to throw away almost all my furniture. Maybe suitcases. Probably a bunch of clothes and other things too. I may deface it all before I do. Why? Bedbugs.

I didn't get them from dumpster diving, but I'll never be as comfortable getting secondhand things as I was before.  We saw the first one crawling across the living room floor two days after we moved to this terrible apartment. I cried.

Ugh, I would too. I'm so sorry, what a nightmare.