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  1. #61
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  2. #62

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    I never considered myself much of dumpster diver but i live in a rental currently and out my back gate is a dumpster. Most tenants are forward thinking enough to put "trash" in the can and possible useful items next to it. Since i've lived there ive picked up:

    2) television sound bars, both in near perfect working condition
    1) Pioneer CS-99 floor speaker (sold for 250.00)
    1) complete Xbox system with 30 games and 4 controllers (sold for 120.00)
    1) Brother photo capable printer/scanner, like new condition
    random canvas toolbags/totes and other random useful items like shop rags, latex gloves.

    all of this and i've only been there a few months. I hope the trend continues!

  3. #63

    Feb 2008
    Texas
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    Two best finds

    Saw a sealed white envelope marked "2007 Payments". Tore open the end and found two private checks; in between them was a $20.00 dollar bill.

    Another day the dumpster was filled and the only way I could go through it was to drive my pickup within a foot of the front of the dumpster so I could stand the rear bed to start looking. The top layer was filled with large flattened cardboard boxes. I saw a bike wheel and tire sticking out the left side of the stacked layers. As I got to the wide spacing between the layers I saw a whole blue bicycle. Lifted it out and on to the pickup bed. It is a 21 speed Mongoose!!
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  4. #64
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    Have not dumpster dived in a long time. Used to hit 2 places pretty regular, a local cell phone store, which back in the early to mid 90s would just trash all phones they got on trade in. I would clean them up and resell quite a few. Never found any worth a lot, but found a lot of $20-$30 phones. Second place was a video store. They were always throwing out promo materials for movies and the first couple days of the month would throw out movies. Sometumes they were messed up, but usually it was because they had a bunch for a popular movie and as it declined in popularity they would purge a few copies.

    Other than that I would also get the bulk trash collection schedules from the cities, and drive by the curb trash looking for treasures. Mostly found furniture, nothing super valuable, but did find some nice older pieces.
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    As you may remember, my wife and I rented a storage bay for the winter to store our "inventory" of things for this spring's coming garage sale. There is a single dumpster at the facility in which people toss their stuff when they decide to leave their space. While there may be a single bag or two of house hold garbage from the onsite manager's apartment, 98% of what's inside is dry and dusty. When we tossed in some of our stuff, I found some interesting things. It's continued and each month the "free" things have been rather profitable..... From the Mongoose 21 speed adult bicycle, to a taser, to 1930's box cameras to jewelry to old letters, 1955 Income Tax forms, wedding notices, marriage and driver licenses, and old B/W pictures, it spawns a live hands-on trip back through time. Two weeks ago, I came home from the same "Never Ending Treasure Chest" with two reels and half a dozen 3 inch diameter and 4ft. long bundles of different color and diameter of heat shrink tubing..... This weekend I found a shoe box full of letters of a 1951 high school girl and her family growing up on a farm in the panhandle of Texas.

    At the end of an already surprising treasure hunt inside this special dumpster, while looking for some matching earrings that fell out the bottom of an old cardboard box, my eyes caught a glimpse of something oddly familiar. I knew I had told of finding the twenty dollar bill in between two personal checks dated 2007 a month ago....but no pics..... So, I walked over to the pickup to get my phone and took this picture before going any farther.

    Do you see anything next to the white envelope?






    Along with a dental appointment receipt, dated 1983, in a small bank envelope from Clyde, Texas, there were 3 ones, 1 five, and 3 ten dollar bills......What got me in the heart was the handwritten note paper clipped to the group of $5 and two $10 dollar bills: "From Ma Ma and Pa Pa"......

    When I get more time I'll send pics of what else I just found in this dumpster after coming back from garage sales Friday morning and then the return second visit, Friday afternoon:

    A small Sterling Silver baby cup still in its original gift box, costume jewelry, a folding straight razor, a ring box with a (2.3gr) thin 14kt gold band inside, a narrow sterling silver bracelet, a wide nickel-silver and turquoise band bracelet, a Shirley Temple doll pin, and some foreign coins and tokens..... With the $20 bill find, and an old purse with just over $2 in loose change inside, and not the $38.00, I've found cash totaling $60.00 in that one dumpster....

    Bill
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  6. #66

    Feb 2008
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    Dumpster finds get bigger....

    I know my finds from various sales and this dumpster are rather odd and unique, but it takes some hustle and initiative to get up and go out to find them. This weekend's hunt reminds me of a saying I heard thirty years ago:


    "Some people go down to the dock and wait for their ship to come in. What they seldom realize is that they never sent one out."



    Below are the wheelbarrow's "Before and After Pics" found late Sunday afternoon standing next to the "Treasure Chest" dumpster. It's been a long time since I've seen one with curved Oak handles. I used about half a can of Armor-All tire foam on it, so I've got about a $1.50 tied up in it....



    Someone mixed cement in it, so the inside is a bit crusty & rusty. Even though the tire still had enough air in it not to flatten as it rolled, I filled the tire with pumps of "Berryman's" Tire Stop Leak found for free last summer....

    Any idea how vintage it is?

    Bill
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  7. #67

    Feb 2008
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    Here is the Pic that disappeared in the Text...

    Quote Originally Posted by billjustbill View Post
    As you may remember, my wife and I rented a storage bay for the winter to store our "inventory" of things for this spring's coming garage sale. There is a single dumpster at the facility in which people toss their stuff when they decide to leave their space. While there may be a single bag or two of house hold garbage from the onsite manager's apartment, 98% of what's inside is dry and dusty. When we tossed in some of our stuff, I found some interesting things. It's continued and each month the "free" things have been rather profitable..... From the Mongoose 21 speed adult bicycle, to a taser, to 1930's box cameras to jewelry to old letters, 1955 Income Tax forms, wedding notices, marriage and driver licenses, and old B/W pictures, it spawns a live hands-on trip back through time. Two weeks ago, I came home from the same "Never Ending Treasure Chest" with two reels and half a dozen 3 inch diameter and 4ft. long bundles of different color and diameter of heat shrink tubing..... This weekend I found a shoe box full of letters of a 1951 high school girl and her family growing up on a farm in the panhandle of Texas.

    At the end of an already surprising treasure hunt inside this special dumpster, while looking for some matching earrings that fell out the bottom of an old cardboard box, my eyes caught a glimpse of something oddly familiar. I knew I had told of finding the twenty dollar bill in between two personal checks dated 2007 a month ago....but no pics..... So, I walked over to the pickup to get my phone and took this picture before going any farther.

    Do you see anything next to the white envelope?






    Along with a dental appointment receipt, dated 1983, in a small bank envelope from Clyde, Texas, there were 3 ones, 1 five, and 3 ten dollar bills......What got me in the heart was the handwritten note paper clipped to the group of $5 and two $10 dollar bills: "From Ma Ma and Pa Pa"......

    When I get more time I'll send pics of what else I just found in this dumpster after coming back from garage sales Friday morning and then the return second visit, Friday afternoon:

    A small Sterling Silver baby cup still in its original gift box, costume jewelry, a folding straight razor, a ring box with a (2.3gr) thin 14kt gold band inside, a narrow sterling silver bracelet, a wide nickel-silver and turquoise band bracelet, a Shirley Temple doll pin, and some foreign coins and tokens..... With the $20 bill find, and an old purse with just over $2 in loose change inside, and not the $38.00, I've found cash totaling $60.00 in that one dumpster....

    Bill
    How the cash was found...
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  8. #68

    May 2018
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    I have a whole channel dedicated to my findings! feel free to check it out. I upload once a week currently and my videos tend to be straight to the point.

  9. #69
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    In the late 1990s, my wife and I lived in some townhomes in Virginia. Every couple of days, I would take the household trash over to the dumpster and nearly always saw something amazing in there. Over the years, I grabbed books, magazines, furniture, camping equipment, tools, you name it. Best ever was a Honda CX-500 motorcycle, just laying on its side in the dumpster on top of a pile of trash bags. I was late for work and couldn't imagine how I would get the damned thing out of there anyway, so I left it and have been kicking myself for about 20 years. It looked like it was in good shape. Maybe it was stolen, maybe someone just got tired of it. Who knows?

 

 
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