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MinnesotaChef
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Is anyone else out there willing to admit to Dumpster Diving? I had a really good trip last night and was curious if anyone else has had good finds or locations that were productive. I recently found four matching instrement cases behind an art studio in perfect shape just waiting to be turned into close-up tables. Finding old tray-jacks on the way out from work seemed like fate. Any good Stories?
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Picked up some nice furniture on the side of the road on the way to a theater that I was working at. I brought there and they ahve used it since. Great find for a great price. Can't go wrong.

I have picked up carpet, lamps, chairs, toys, and just little things that you can use on a play set that looks great.

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I was dropping off my old water heater to the dump when I found 10 2x4's laying there so I picked em up and I used them for my magic props
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Heh, I just got a mental image of someone paying VERY CLOSE attention to the dumpster at David Copperfield's place Smile
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The dumpster outside a woodshop, plastic manufacturer, metal shop, and carpet/fabrics stores have all seen me at times.

I don't call it dumpster diving, I call it "Midnight requisitioning"
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I think it might be a seperate thread, but does anyone else have a good "code name" for this activity? We used to call it "looking for our little brother's retainer". Another one is "Aggressive Recycling". There is a magazine called "Found" that is completely made up of things people find outside and send in. It's worth checking out for some good laughs.
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On 2004-09-18 04:20, MinnesotaChef wrote:
I think it might be a seperate thread, but does anyone else have a good "code name" for this activity? We used to call it "looking for our little brother's retainer". Another one is "Aggressive Recycling". There is a magazine called "Found" that is completely made up of things people find outside and send in. It's worth checking out for some good laughs.

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"Wow that would look good in my living room" type thought

Ok I don't have a name. I see it and run with it. that's all. I hate to see good stuff tossed away.

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People seem to throw away a lot of good chairs in my area. Also found a computer. I don't know if it actually worked, but my kid had managed to trash the floppy drive on his and this one fit perfectly. (In fact, it seemed to have a smoother action than the one that came with the computer!) The kid's computer was also a "dumpster dive" from work! They were upgrading the computers and stripped all the old ones of CD-ROMs and memory. I found one they'd missed and asked if I could have it!
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The Japanese term for it is "gomi shopping". One meaning of "gomi" is "garbage".
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I´ve found a large aluminum acquarium frame which became an illusion after some cleaning. The leg for one of my tables was also salvaged from a junk pile. The greatest find has been a completely workable industrial kitchen mixer which after check-up ended up in my father-in-law´s company where it´s still in use.
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I live in France, so every Sunday in the summer we visit the brocante sales (kind of garage sale) in the small villages and find things always.
It's a way of living.

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On 2004-09-19 04:19, cfrye wrote:
The Japanese term for it is "gomi shopping". One meaning of "gomi" is "garbage".


I understand it's a lot more profitable there because stuff gets thrown away that's still in good shape, just out of date.
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Check sidewalks Sunday and Monday mornings after yard sales for big ticket items.
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This gives new meaning to an illusionist's term for a "Box-Jumper".

Perhaps we should assign her dual duties?
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I've always maintained that we should get out of the recycle mentality and adopt a reusable position. You're a hunter and a gatherer... pack rat... connoisseur... collector.
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-A collapsible stool
-Computer Inkjet Printer (needed ink and cleaning)
-25 Licenses/Software for Win XP (Corporate Dumpster)
-Rolling Suitcases (anvil type)
-Clear Plastic pipe for an oversize Stratosphere
-Several Computers, Monitors and similar hardware
-Smaller Clear Plastic pipe for my tip "jar"
-Lots of wood and metal to build tables, stands …
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