09/10/2019 at 11:45 am #67650
I’ve been a scavenger most of my life (though I’ve only adopted the moniker this year, inspired by the podcast). So I’ve had many unusual scavenges, most of which I’ve long forgotten. But yesterday I had a somewhat atypical score.
Here in Central Florida, we’re pretty fresh off of a major hurricane scare. I’ve been needing some fill dirt/sand for 4 holes in my yard, one that was a particular ankle twist hazard. Well, someone piled 11 sandbags, each filled with about 60 lbs. of sand out by the road. I pulled up in my Navigator and loaded the back. Now I have a small stack of sandbags for the next hurricane and was able to fill some annoying holes in my yard.
I actually had a similar score 2 years ago after hurricane Irma came through. Then, I filled 3 decent sized depressions in my back yard. The sand looks bad for a month or two, but the grass eventually fills in and it looks just fine.
What are some of your unusual scavenges?2+
09/10/2019 at 12:29 pm #67653
- Location: Texas
I was given a prosthetic leg. Dunno if it counts as a “scavenge” bc I was given it, but it was way up there for unusual! Came with the foot and a shoe, and bags of prosthetic socks. I ended up doing pretty well with it. I’d happily have a pipeline of the prosthetic socks, but they don’t actually turn up that often.2+
09/11/2019 at 11:28 pm #67689
Amatino – I’d consider that a scavenge. You had the mindset to realize you could make money off of it. Think of how many people would pass on something like that, even for free. It’s definitely a very niche item. This isn’t a contest, but you still may have won!
@ Sharyn – Now that’s a funny thought. Opening a box to find a bunch of chickens.1+
09/10/2019 at 12:59 pm #67654
- Location: Central NJ
I have a story to tell, but it’s not exactly a scavenger one. I manage a freecycling event in my town that happens twice a year. People come up in cars and drop off stuff they don’t want, and other people park and take what they need. It is strictly for personal use and not for resale, but I could take something for that purpose if anything decent is left over at the end (usually not).
Anyway, last year the 4H down the road was having some kind of bird event (chickens or doves or some kind of bird). A guy got confused and came to our freecycling event and started to unload his car. I wasn’t there when he first drove up, but I walked up, opened a large case, and saw all these birds in it. At that point, we figured out that he was in the wrong place, but he had given away some very nice equipment. I think some of it was wood or metal working equipment. I tried to find some of it for him, but I think he recovered only one or two things.
I’ve found syringes with saline solution, food, makeup, and a few other prohibited items that I had to remove. We use volunteers, so they don’t always look up to see if the items are OK or not.2+
09/12/2019 at 7:13 am #67694
- Location: Washington DC
Amatino beat me to it but I’ve had a prosthetic leg also, only I paid for mine. It was at a weekly auction in the depths of the Oakland CA ghetto that had a contract with the city to sell unclaimed estates and was one of those things that the auctioneer was begging for bids on. When he got down to $1 I took it. That was in my days as a flea market dealer so it was good for some creative displays until someone bought it.
One of my favorite scavenges that gave me many years of good use was a Weber gas grill with a broken lid handle that I happened upon at the curb. The handle was an easy fix.
Another would have to be the $120 in twenty dollar bills I found tucked in books I got in an estate cleanout. It was a rowhouse in North Philly that all manner of antique and specialty dealers had already been through but there was a truckload of stuff left, including a couple bookcases of mostly hardback fiction. I wouldn’t touch something like that today but I was a lot less particular in those days.0
09/12/2019 at 9:47 am #67700
- Location: Leicester
I found a Rp 2,000 note in a book last Tuesday. Unfortunately it’s Indonesian rupiah 🙁
A small aluminium cylinder that unscrews. Inside the lid is a metal spike and beside it two holes. Think it’s a device for huffing nitrous oxide from chargers.
Last week a working and clean $200 cordless vacuum with its charger- thrown out because the plastic catch holding the dust cylinder was broken.
A public address system, dumped in a layby on the Groby bypass. That was yesterday evening- maybe someone stole a van from a music festival and dumped the contents. Left that for the authorities…2+
09/12/2019 at 2:03 pm #67718
- Location: Texas
Ooh, Temudgin, we picked up our charcoal grill at the dump. It was rusted through on the base, which slides out for easy cleaning, and had a broken handle and side table. Looked up the brand and bought a replacement base ($20) and the hubs made a new wooden handle and table top (junk lumber off the ranch). That grill is in our backyard and has given us 4 years of yumminess!0
09/12/2019 at 2:33 pm #67719
- Location: Indiana
I found an old football that had one quadrant painted as Family Game IU Vs. Minnesota, with the date and a score of the game (IU won that year – it was an old football, I forget the details). It may have been one of the game balls that, after the game they painted it as a memento of the game. In any event, I got if for $1 and listed it in auction format starting at 25 with make offer. A guy offered me 75, and I took it right away. I asked him about it and what it was that he liked and his told me that his friends dad (or maybe his friend) had played in that game, and he was getting it for a nice present for his friend. What luck, first that I found the ball and listed it on eBay, but then that he happened to be browsing eBay for an auction when I listed it. Crazy. I thought that was cool – he was very pleased and loved the ball. That was a good toy story day, item reunited with somebody that will get some pleasure out of it.3+
09/14/2019 at 11:04 am #67780
gfd_622 – That’s a great story. In addition to scavenging for our own benefit, we play another role in the food chain. We bring objects that would be otherwise lost, forgotten or destroyed to those who will find value in them.0
09/16/2019 at 11:18 am #67810
- Location: Georgia
My cousin was telling me about these great stores (mostly located around Kansas City) called It’s $5. All Amazon returns and everything is $5 on the first day. 2nd day everything is 2 for $5, 3rd day it’s 3 for $5, etc. Anyway it sounds like the Goodwill bins on steroids and people have found ChromeBooks, dashcams, Leatherman pocketknives, etc. All are returns to Amazon. The strangest thing my cousin found was a dental mold press for making crowns and teeth! And of course someone bought it for $5!
Am interested to hear if anyone else has been to the It’s $5 chain yet. The closest to me is in TN about 3 or 4 hours away. I may have to try it but I bet the place is chaos the first day of each new week.0
09/16/2019 at 11:23 am #67811
There is a place like that here called Treasure Hunt.
It has become the “redneck mecca” of my area. They post videos on their facebook page of the insanity every week. It’s not something I’m inclined to go to.
It is a brilliant business plan though!0
09/16/2019 at 11:25 am #67812
Here is the local place’s facebook page for your entertainment:
09/16/2019 at 11:57 am #67816
- Location: Georgia
That is entertaining. Everyone seems orderly. I wonder what it’s like the second they open the doors and if fist fights ever break out. I notice a lot of giant Ikea type bags. I wonder how much of the stuff people buy ends up back on Amazon.0
09/16/2019 at 1:16 pm #67823
On the weekends there is a massive line outside just to get in. They only let a certain amount of people in at a time. People show up the night before to wait in line!0
09/16/2019 at 12:47 pm #67819
09/16/2019 at 2:36 pm #67826
They have the same thing in Ohio called “Price Drop”. I saw it on a Youtube video from Pudgy Picker. She didn’t mention anything about any fighting over the items but I don’t think she’s ever gone on the first day.0
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