First off, I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post. I'm not sure which, if any, will end up being used, but they are all food for thought.
I saw this sign on Facebook the other day and had to share it. I don't think I've ever felt so seen in my life. This is definitely me. Especially the weird stuff on the curb bit. Far too many treasured possessions started out as weird things left on the curb.
What about you? I know I'm not the only trash picker out there.
Hoo boy, yes. We have brush and bulky pick up here in Tucson twice a year. It's done by neighborhood and the city sends out the crews to pick up metal, tires, brush and other bulky stuff. A week or two before the scheduled week residents put out their items and the gypsy scavengers start circling. Anything metal is gone before you can even get back to the house and by the time the city crew makes it around to you anything of value has been picked up. With some people, it's a sport; for others, it's how they scrape by.
We live on a dead end street, in a neighborhood full of the same, so curb gifting is a challenge. I used to take things to my daughters' curb on a busy street, but they've moved on. Now in our on line neighborhood group we post "curb alerts" to pass on treasures. And ALL the baby things and toys for my grandkids come from other people, garage sales or thrift shops - and get similarly passed on when they're done with them I can't bear to buy new - especially when it's plastic.
Next week my sewing group is coming here to do a project. They are 3 huge bags of fabric and sewing books waiting to be rehomed that day.
Yes, me too. I can't bear to waste money (or environmental energy) on things that are useful and still viable. I have better things to spend money on. I also agree some people get by on that and good on them too. I love that sign!
Our first house was almost entirely furnished with things picked up off the curb. We lived in Oakland, Ca in the '70s, where there the culture normalized trash-picking. Students, recent immigrants, men in suits on their way to work; everyone checked out the curb on trash day. We found the same culture in Long Beach, CA when we moved there several years later. In Long Beach of the late '70s-early '80s there was a cadre of Cambodian refugees who made their living through trash-picking. My neighbors and I made a point to set aside our best "trash" for the woman whose territory included our street.
I don't know if this is still a thing in CA. It was an efficient early form of recycling.
This is definitely my husband. He has had lists from both of our adult children for things they need. Blenders were big a few years ago.
Not me, my collections tend to be books, fabric, and yarn...but very definitely my hubby...enough to stuff a large storage unit, a good sized shed, the screened porch, and multiple piles in the house. Not...quite...hoarder zone...
I will note that he is slowly going through and donating or passing along things, and there is through recent efforts, room on the screened porch for chairs and a folding table. (Doesn't help that he had to bring his parents to the area and spends a good deal of time on their affairs.)
Once a year in Lansdowne for 1 week - bulk trash pickup. I came over a picked up a few things over the years with a friend who had a pickup -- chairs, rocking chair, can't remember what all now.
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