You drive down the road, passing the bins and bags of trash people have set out for the next day’s garbage collection. Have you ever wondered what great things might be in those bags? Have you ever thought about people you see going through someone else’s trash and what items they find?
It is amazing what valuable items people throw out. I often wonder why such valuable stuff ends up in the trash instead of being donated. However each person that chooses to toss instead of donating can be a benefit to me. My house is filled with items that people threw out as trash. My computer printer sits on a small 3-drawer wood dresser, picked up from someone’s trash. My family room contains a Little Tikes Bookcase filled with books, Large Little Tikes toy chest filled with toys, and a Little Tikes car track table for hot wheels, all picked up from someone’s garbage. My kitchen contains a large decorative bowl on my table, dinnerware, some bake wear, and miscellaneous other items picked up from someone’s trash. We have vases and figurines, baskets, bags, antique cameras, stuffed animals, and a metal twin-size bed, all picked up out of someone’s trash. There is a bookshelf, 2-drawer solid metal filing cabinet, 2-drawer wood filing cabinet, 4-drawer fire-proof filing cabinet and a Lifestyler CardioFit machine. I have numerous holiday decorations including a lighted, moving carousel that plays your choice of Christmas or other music. I even have shelves of brand-new hardcover books. In my backyard you will find a Little Tikes Coupe, Little Tikes Slide, Little Tikes Tree House/Swing combination, Little Tikes Pool, Little Tikes Picnic Table/Sand Box combination, and Little Tikes House. All Picked Up From Trash!
How did I obtain all these items? Because a few years back my husband, Ron, got into scrapping — the process of driving around, going through people’s trash looking for scrap metal. He runs different routes different nights of the week, and can take apart sofa sleepers, washers, dryers, water tanks, fans, and numerous other items to separate out the various types of metals, wires and motors. In the process of looking for scrap he comes across tons of valuable items that he brings home. We have provided entire Christmas gatherings with “white elephant” gifts picked up when he was scrapping — and even wrapped them all in Christmas wrap he had picked up.
Things were going well until about a year ago when Ron’s scrapping truck died…at the scrapyard. So he did what every good scrapper does – he scrapped it! Then began the search, looking for a truck of decent quality but not too expensive to use for scrapping. He found one about a week ago. A 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with an 8-foot bed.
Ron claimed he wasn’t going to get into scrapping again, but I believe once a scrapper, always a scrapper. Last Monday he picked up a piece of metal scrap on his way home from picking up the truck. Then my daughter called and told him where a couple items had been set out in our town and he went and got them. On Saturday Ron asked me if he used to run a route on Sunday nights and I confirmed he did. On Sunday he announced that he was going to go scrapping that evening. Do you think I was surprised? Not at all — and he came home with the truck over filled. He also went out a couple other days during the week.
Now all we have to do is get his truck graffiti painted like his old one. It was an eye-catcher, and everyone knew where he was. But for now, it is just an ordinary white pick-up, and will most likely have something in the back end at all times.