Are we scavangers ?

@elitess (5077)
Ipswich, England
December 17, 2011 3:45am CST
I was just thinking - yesterday night I found a pair of new socks outside on the ground, near an area where some illegal sellers perform their business and took it. Two days ago I found a sealed tea envelope, which i drank yesterday and was pretty good I must say and as for money (coins especially) I find them regularly. Ow and probably the best thing I scavenged this year was a travel suitcase, worth about 200 RON ( 66 dollars) value that only had one small scratch on it, but otherwise in perfect condition. How about you, do you collect things from the ground ? What have you found ? Are you a scavenger at all ?
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@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
17 Dec 11
I picked up a grill that was at the side of the road. Still worked perfectly well. Picked up fireplace tools as a decoration (our fireplace is electric). So I would say I am part scavenger. It has save me money, and it keeps stuff from ending up in the landfill.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Both points taken and valid ! That suitcase really saved me money, as I mentioned it is roughly the value of 50-55$, and I really needed one too.
@dragon54u (31185)
• United States
17 Dec 11
I have always been a scavenger! When I was a little girl walking to the library I found a 50ยข piece on the ground and from then on I have watched for such things. I usually just find money, very small amounts in coins, but I have found costume jewelry, unused lottery tickets (I never won!). Sometimes as an adult living on my own in an apartment I would take out my trash and there would be a book or other treasure in the dumpster which I would take. It's always good to keep our eyes open!
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Oh what I found interesting, similar to your lottery tickets are Coca Cola caps winners of bottles that I actually manage to get from the participating stores :D
@jsmalong (109)
17 Dec 11
I would say I am a scavenger and a protector of the environment as well. I pick things I consider still useful like buttons, strings and wires, small bottles of different shapes, sizes and colors, etc., as well as items that fancy my eyes in the form of small colorful stones, pebbles, and a few coins and small pieces of torn jewelry if lucky at times. The biggest find was a small piece of precious red stone apparently detached from a ring, but that was many, many years ago. Other things considered rubbish, I pick them up to and put them in the designated bins so that when rain comes, they do not clog the waterways that may cause flooding. When I go out into the streets, I not only pay attention to the safety on the road but also aware of the possibility that I might stumble into something big.
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
That is very VERY nice of you to do so. I also collect plastic bottles because I have a recycling centre very close to home that accepts them and even pays 2 cents per bottle :)
@JER616 (551)
• Philippines
17 Dec 11
My father also has that habit, elitess. I don't think you are scavengers technically by doing so but I'll say you are lucky to be finding such items. Your kind has the ability to see value in things you see that few people take notice of. Every morning my father who is a stroke victim takes a short walk within our place when the weather is fine. Once, he gets back home with a small bag still in good condition. He sometimes picks up discarded toys in the street which he gives to my nephew and nieces.
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Yes, seeing value in things that other miss is a good virtue, and sometimes even pretty high sums of money can be found :D
• Philippines
17 Dec 11
Scavenger? Nope. Pirate? Yeah, baby! I always try to find change around the house just for the fun of it. I usually find coins on the sides of the couch, underneath furnitures, underneath the fridge, and some other places. I usually wait for a week before starting my hunt since someone should drop something there in order for me to find them.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Hey Front Visions ! Pirate Arrr, yes that sounds better to me too :D
@stvasile (7313)
• Romania
28 Jan 12
I pick up anything that looks useful: bolts, screws, nails, metal wire, stuff like that. Coins are the best! I think it's nothing wrong with that. If we use stuff that other people lost or threw away, but we believe it's still useful, we're saving up the money that stuff would have cost us. It leaves us more money to spend on other things or services. If I'm a scavenger? I hope so! And proud of being one too!
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
29 Jan 12
Too bad I already gave away the best response :D
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
18 Dec 11
I have found a few things but not many. I mainly find coins on the ground though. That is about all that I pick up.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Well the coins in the US are more valuable that the ones I can find here (with the rare exceptions when I find Euro Cent coins) so that's good too :D
• Philippines
18 Dec 11
Did you know that scavengers earns a lots of money than the ordinary employees. Employees are being paid on their fixed and regular basis but the scavengers can earn unlimited income in whole day as they want. Here in our country owners of junkshop became millionaires just by collecting and buying raw materials, scraps from scavengers. Imagine how things things we throw became millions to them. Actually this is now very in demand, in my area I owned a computer shop and we do not throw useless materials from computer instead we sell them to the recycling junkshops. Another good thing with it is we also promote environmental free from hazardouz materials.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
19 Dec 11
Recycling is very important no matter where we live. Something similar WWF gets from Ikea for batteries, where they give out 20-80 used ones(don't know the number exactly) and get 10 new free ones instead.
• Canada
17 Dec 11
If something is in good condition (a TV set, a chair, a suit case, etc.) then I will pick it up, but I will not pick up things like socks or tea-bags. I know the food item may be sealed, but one can never be too careful. As for socks, were they still in the package? New maybe, but one never knows what they may have picked up off of the ground. On an unrelated note, I looked at your profile, and saw that you are in Romanian It's interesting, because this week I have met about a half a dozen Romanians; One taxi driver a few towns over, a bus driver, a lady working in a Serbian restaurant, now you... and there are a couple working at the radio station that I like. All within a few days!! Interesting coincidence.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
18 Dec 11
Hello danish canadian. Well yes the socks were sealed but I'll wash them anyway before wearing of course. The suitcase was in perfect condition (it still smelled like new when I opened it) I am guessing the person who threw it away only used it once and disregarded it. I did find some silver items too (an earing, 2 talismans). Gold not yet :). I can see why they left, it's very VERY hard to get a job here, and the wages compared to prizes are extremely unjust. Consider that the prices are like the rest of the EU countries or HIGHER and the salaries are at least 3 times lower up to 20 times lower.
@KrauseHome (32391)
• United States
9 Feb 12
Personally I think everyone is a scavenger of some sort, and has found things that would be of value to someone. I know in my lifetime I have found many things. I have found clothes, dishes, shoes, etc. Sometimes I know people in Seattle have even left notes sitting the items somewhere, saying Please Take Home If You Can Use This, and it might be even right out in the open.
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