Treasures From The Dumpster

Posted: June 1, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized

We have a awesome feedstore closeby. Since we are there so much getting feed and supplies for the animals the manager and staff know us really well. They gave us permission to check out their dumpster anytime. If fact if they are getting ready to throw away out of date feed, etc they will sometimes give us a call so we can go pick it up. When people bring items back that don’t work right or is broken they don’t send it back they just toss it in the dumpster. William has been able to fix over 90% of the items they toss in just a matter of minutes. It is unreal at the items that gets tossed but is sure a treasure to us. I now have 5 galvanized trash cans to store feed in. They were tossed because they were stuck together. We got them apart and though a couple have dents in them… who cares! I have solar lights along the front walk way. No one had bothered to pull the tab so the battery could charge. The tag said “returned because they don’t work”. I pulled the tabs and guess what… they work fine. I have birdfeeders that had a small chip in them. Yard ornaments with a dent or chipped paint. We always get dog food because it goes out of date. The food is fine just out of date that month. Some people turn their nose up at “dumpster diving” but I say don’t knock it till you try it. Be sure and ask permission first. At our feed store we don’t have to worry about digging through wet messy garbage as their trash is bagged up so the items that are returned or out of date stay dry and clean. Here is a photo of yesterday’s dumpster dive (Not the straw as we stopped by the dumpster on our way home from getting bedding straw for the animals.)

The sprayer got the wheel put back on and is working great. The shepherd hooks got the bent parts straightened out and are in use. The incubator we could find nothing wrong with. We left it plugged up overnight and the temp and humidity is where it should be so we are going to try placing eggs in and see what happens. The horse fly mask had a small tear in it. The sprinkler needed adjusting, the spray nozzle for the hose needed a gasket, the wash tub had a dent in it, the ladder had a dent that William fixed and the fence charger had been hooked up wrong and now works fine. The other stuff we haven’t checked out yet but will this evening. One Store’s trash makes this girl go trashy happy!

  1. Ruth says:

    OMG, you are tooo lucky. I am drooling with envy. I wish we had something like that close around here. I would be in 7th heaven since I am a “dumpster diver” when I can be. Our local garbage dump facility doesn’t allow you to take stuff even if it’s good and none of the local stores do, except the food bank who gives me old vegies. If you’re like me, you take everything, even if you don’t plan on using it. Turn around and trade or sell it. Wow again!

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