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    Putting stuff on the curb

    I retired from my job of 21 years. Goodbye to all those freebies!

    But I picked up a part time job doing store resets. Right now, the resets are of cosmetics. There were several plastic displays that were going to be thrown out. I hate to see anything useful going to the landfill, esp plastics. These were real sturdy too. So I brought them home and set them on the curb with a "FREE" sign on them. Yesterday, all of them were gone, early in the morning.

    In my area, this is called "junking" It's the most fun kind of recycling!
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    Congratulations on your retirement! And a big 'thank you' for saving those plastic displays for others to use. Finding ways to repurpose things can be fun, and I'm sure the folks who picked up the parts were appreciative.

    I remember one time that I was doing a yard sale with a friend, and we put a load of stuff on her curb to be picked up for trash the next day. There was some useful stuff there, and she figured folks would probably come by to see what they might be able to use - and for added incentive, she put a deposit-bottle for soda on the pile The next morning when she checked, most of the stuff was gone, but no one took the soda bottle...

    And recycling - I do seasonal work at a candy shop, and it would bother me that so many cardboard boxes were thrown out So I started breaking down some of the boxes, and put them in my recycling container at home. And we don't have to make as many trips to the dumpster at work when I do that, which we like.
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    Our neighborhood is great for people picking up stuff from the curb. And I've gotten some great things myself! I have 3 glass-top tables on my deck (I put my larger glass table out--and it disappeared). My Boston fern in the garden out back has had a number of rattan chairs to sit in over the years. I even picked up a peacock rattan chair one time. Out front I have an off-white wrought iron bench and a couple of chairs that I put in the garden every couple of years with flowers.

    The neighbors are grandparents -- whenever their grandkids outgrow a toy they've bought for them they put it to the curb. Someone is always walking by with kids (we live at the beach) and they are thrilled to have something new!

    If we're getting rid of anything big (like a washer or dryer) our town will pick it up for free. If it still works they will sell it. They will even repair it and then sell it -- like a Habitat for Humanity store.

    My family were always "trash pickers". I don't think we ever bought a house fan in our lives! But we always had one. When my husband and I moved from CT to SC we put old tables and chairs at the curb. I hesitated to put the glass tops out to the curb, but when I saw a young couple loading the tables into their truck I ran out and told them I had the glass for them. It's great to see stuff get a 2nd life.

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    [QUOTE=kjwent;96442421]

    The neighbors are grandparents -- whenever their grandkids outgrow a toy they've bought for them they put it to the curb. Someone is always walking by with kids (we live at the beach) and they are thrilled to have something new! end quote

    When I lived back in NJ, I was driving down the street when I saw a woman putting a Barbie doll house on the curb. I quickly snagged it and brought it back to my apartment and cleaned it up. I then cleaning it up and gave it to my parents for their grandchilden (my niece and nephews) to play with when they came to visit. This doll house was in three sections, so my niece got the two end sections to play with and my nephews got the middle sections for a garage for their toy trucks and cars.

    After my nieces and nephews outgrew the doll house, my folks put it on their curb. The kids down the street took it!
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    Well, put out more displays. They were picked up right away except for the last batch. I put them out last Friday and no one took them. So I brought them back on the porch Monday evening. (trash pickup Tuesday morning) I then put them out today and somebody grabbed them right away
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    I saw a post on FB where a neighborhood had a Freecycle Day - put out stuff you don't want or need, and everyone 'shops' each others' stashes. Sounded like fun, if you don't have enough for a full-blown yard sale, and happy to give it to someone who can use it.
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    That was the nice thing when we lived in town, our house was on a 5 lane road and when we were moving I just kept putting stuff out in front of the house and it would disappear. We had a lot of junkers in the area, they recycle or resell. I miss those town pickup days.
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    All those "Junkers" were helping the town, the enviroment and themselves. a WIN WIN WIN
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    We put 5 old suitcases out to the curb on Saturday. Still in good condition. Big ones -- no wheels (we wouldn't be able to lift them any more!). Gone by late Sunday. This is a tourist area, maybe someone bought stuff while they were here and needed another suitcase!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseybarb View Post
    All those "Junkers" were helping the town, the environment, and themselves. a WIN WIN WIN
    I didn't mean junkers in a bad way, it's just what they are called around here. Many pick up stuff to recycle as an income, some fix and sell what they pick up, some furnish their homes. I think its great stuff can be reused, I just miss the convenience, now I have to haul it into town and drop it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjwent View Post
    We put 5 old suitcases out to the curb on Saturday. Still in good condition. Big ones -- no wheels (we wouldn't be able to lift them any more!). Gone by late Sunday. This is a tourist area, maybe someone bought stuff while they were here and needed another suitcase!

    Kathy
    I dropped off suitcases to the Lutheran Child and family services so they can give children something more than a black garbage bag to put their stuff in.
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