I keep a gigantic bin where I put scrap metal I find, and about once a year I take a couple of hundred pounds to the scrapyard and get a decent payday. People very often place a lot of metal next to the recycling bins at my apartment's garbage area. Pots and pans, broken appliances, metal chairs, metal bed frames, and so on. It's not unusual to find 30 pounds of scrap metal next to the recycling bin.
I once got a ton of copies of Windows in a "dumpster dive". I didn't actually have to dive into anything. I was on a site for a demolition and everything in the building was 1st come 1st serve. I think I got like 20 copies that hadn't even been opened, and it was while that version of Windows was still supported. Unopened copies with serial keys and all. Sold them on eBay.
Also got a mint condition projector screen and some 1950's to 2000''s copies of some great books from the library in the building.
I couldn't believe all the stuff they were just going to bucket into dump trucks and haul off.
- so many tank tops in various sizes
- two great blankets, soft and one is handmade
- 3 couch pillows
- 2 bed pillows
- 1 working speaker
- 1 working pair of headphones
- never opened king size comforter
- 1 vegan purse
Pretty good day
Not to mention, TWO OF THE BAGS WERE LABELLED "CHARITY"
Fuckers just threw out perfectly good stuff that was meant for charity at some point.
Their loss. I was able to furnish my apartment from things obtained through DDing & Craigslist free section.
I wouldn't be able to live the type of lifestyle I do otherwise to an extent. I save so much money this way (my winter coat is from the dumpster, computer desk, side table, 2 couches from Craigslist free, lights, chairs etc) that I can live more comfortably, or feel free to spend more money on other things that I can't obtain through dumpsters.
But clothes? Shit I just found like 20+ brand new wife beaters lol. I find so many good clothes. Fuck $80 jeans.
I'm watching this thread. Probably will post more in this space. I urge all the anti-consumptionists and leftists of ERA to participate in this. Also if you're falling on hard times or decided to spend your budget on games/hardware instead of food.
Used to do it with my dad, and you can't believe how many times people throw consoles away because the power or tv cable stopped working. I think overall I found 5 PS2, 1 PS1, 2GBA, 2GBASP and 3N64. Except for a couple PS2 they all are still working today.