Dumpster Diving

@zeeterman (1067)
United States
October 30, 2006 8:43am CST
How many here have dumpster dived? How often? What kind of things do you look for? What have you found? Do you resell for profit? Give me your views.
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9 responses
3 Apr 08
I have, on occasion, managed to pick up some wonderful old pieces of furniture from skips or dumpsters. The best has to be a lovely little cabinet which only needed a little TLC to bring it back to perfection. That cabinet is now in my back bedroom with a collection of small dragons displayed.
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@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
3 Apr 08
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Yea, it's nice to find something that's worth keeping. There's a great forum on diving that I frequent called Dumpster World. Check it out here: http://dumpsterworld.com/index.php
@peavey (14938)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I haven't dumpster dived for a long time, but I would love to. I won't go alone, and I don't know anyone to go with... The first time I went with my sister, years ago, and we found shampoo, lotion and shaving cream that lasted both of our families for years. That hooked me.
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@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Yea, if ya haven't done it in awhile, you find ya may have lost your nerve. I dunno if it's the thought of getting yelled at or of someone you know seeing you. I like to cop the attitude that I'm a more responsible person than the jerk who threw away perfectly good stuff. I'm willing to either use it, sell it, or give to charity. Either way, it's recycling, which is a good thing.
@chargoans (942)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I have DD'ed before and will anytime I think there's a possibility of acquiring something needed. Last year, after Christmas, I visited a few of the Dollar stores dumpsters and picked out a few good ornaments that were part of a 12 pack and may had broken. This year, I gave those freebies away to a needy family so they would have decorations for their tree. I have a few buddies who DD at office stores looking for used printer cartridges which they resell at a store they go to, or to an online reseller. I have never sold anything acquired from a dumpster but I have given it away or used it for myself
@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Yea, it's too bad more people don't donate their junk to the needy instead of just donating it to the landfills. Kudos to you!
@COLLIS2 (480)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I wanted to try this but too many people told me police would be called on me. I'm not sure what the laws are about this but so many people have stopped me by saying there is some kind of law against it? Do you know if that is true?
@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Laws and ordinances vary from city to city. But if the police come, they usually just question you and then leave. Best stock answer to have ready when they ask you is "I'm just getting some empty boxes." If they inquire further, just tell them you're moving. Avoid locked dumpsters, dumpster areas with video cameras, and places that have lots of No Tresspassing signs. I've rarely run into any trouble. For the most part, you are recycling, which is a good thing. People will tell you not to DD because they think it doesn't fit into our societies way of thinking. As if it's somehow wrong. What's WRONG is all the perfectly good things that are thrown away and then buried in landfills. I think you should give it a try. Start small at first. Just peek in a few dumpsters to see what's there. If you spot something good, then take it. It's not stealing.
• United States
22 Jan 07
I DD quite a bit when I was in my teens and twenties. Not much oppurtunity for it where I am living now. The last time I dived behind a Hastings store for books. They always ripp the covers off but the pages are all still there. I have gotten alot of my classic books from there D
@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Hehe, cool! Yea, I found out the environmentally "green" Half Price Books chain of stores AREN'T so green after all. Perusing their dumpsters rewarded me with books and CDs!
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• United States
5 Nov 06
w00t! Diving is great. Actually, I haven't been in a long time, but I'm really anxious to get going again. Mostly I dived for school supplies - whatever I couldn't use, I donated to this elementary school across the street. They had no money, so they didn't ask questions... *shifty eyes*
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@zeeterman (1067)
• United States
6 Nov 06
Wow! That's very cool of you to donate to a school. I haven't done any hardcore diving since the big Wendy's Airtran thing last year(which was awesome)! I do dive a little for the Coke codes still. And found some chairs and office furniture recently.
@sweetee (423)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I have never been 'dumpster diving' I have a fear of touching my rubbish bin, let alone someone elses.. I would be worried about the germs.. Sorry to be such a sour puss - hope you find some cool treasure :)
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@tibbler (229)
• United States
24 Dec 06
I've dumpster dived be4. I have found junk some times. Other times I've found some good stuff. You just have to know were to look. Try dumpster diving at the local dollar stores be4 trash day
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22 Nov 06
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Yes, a few times. I'm often wingman...er...woman. Keep the car running, an eye out for anyone coming, hold the flashlight, etc.
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