Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Diving into 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and started off 2017 happy and healthy :) I had a great time with my family spending a few days snuggled up in bed with my kids and husband watching movies and munching on Christmas goodies.

The garbage year started off pretty good. I totaled up all my sales for the year and I'm thrilled. I didn't count any found change this year as I didn't really find much, maybe $5.00 worth, and I also did not cash in or sell any scrap silver and gold jewellery that I found. I missed 2 town-wide garage sales this year due to family obligations and weather, but I was able to get to 2 of them, and I decided to have one of my own at home. Those gave me a total of $529.80,  and my online sales totaled up to $3731.00, for a grand total of:

$4260.80

That's $1834.13 more than I did last year, and I'm hoping that I can beat it again this year!

On new years day I had been cooped up in the house for a few days, and I was itching to get out and get some fresh air. As I was lying in bed that morning, I was thinking about how it was New Years Day and that all the stores would be closed. It dawned on me that nobody would be around, so I thought that this would be a great day to try my hand at dumpster diving. 

I've always been curious about it, and I have peeked in some dumpsters in the past, but I'm just a big chicken when it comes down to it. I don't know why, since I have no problem checking out garbage on trash days. I've seen so many amazing dumpster scores online, but I've never really found anything good in dumpsters myself. 

The first 4 dumpsters I peeked into didn't have anything but a bunch of trash bags. Some were clear and I could see mainly papers and stuff like coffee cups in them. Since I just went out on a whim and I was a bit nervous, I also didn't really come prepared. The dumpsters came up to about chest level on me and I couldn't really reach in to move things around for a better look. I should have brought a stool and/or some kid of reaching tool. 

I kept driving around, finding mainly trash, and dumpsters that had snow and ice piled on their doors so that they were either almost impossible to lift to look inside, or they were just frozen shut. One door would always be clear and open, but I just couldn't look around all the bags and boxes blocking the hole. I did manage to find one bag full of brand new personalized Christmas ornaments that I guess didn't sell, so they were just tossed out, but that just didn't seem like the big scores I've seen most people find, so I was a bit discouraged. 

I then stopped at one last dumpster before I was going to call it quits and head home. I kept the car running while I hopped out because I figured I was just going to lift the lid, see nothing, and then just hop back in the car to drive away. Instead I lifted the lid, my eyes popped out of my head, and I exclaimed "Oh. My. God." 

I pulled my van over closer to the dumpster and slid the side door open. My oldest son was with me because he wanted to get out of the house as well, and when he realized what I was doing, he asked me "What? What are you doing?" And I told him "This thing is full of stuff"  This dumpster was a bit lower so I was able to lean in over the edge. There were just boxes and boxes with products spilled out of them. I grabbed one and started filling it with whatever I could reach. When it was full, I dumped it out in my car, and went back to fill it again. My son's eyes popped out of his head each time and he kept saying things like "What?!" and "Seriously!? They threw that out??"  I ended up filling the box and emptying it 4 more times before things were out of my reach. Although I managed to save the majority of it, there were still so many things I had to leave behind. I just hope another diver was able to come along and rescue the rest.

Here is a look at all that I rescued


Some closer looks





Wow. There are tonnes of skin, hair and beauty products, nothing is expired or open, it is all sealed and new. The food all had "best before" dates of, the latest, 2 weeks prior. These dates are just manufacturer suggestions, and this stuff will still be good and fine to eat for at least a few more weeks or even months. Anything else was probably just tossed to make room for new stock. 

I gave a lot of it away, and nobody cared that it came from a dumpster, they were just shocked and amazed that this perfectly good stuff was just thrown away and not even donated or anything. Honestly, the dumpsters were a lot cleaner than I thought they would be, I really didn't see anything gross, just a big rusty boxes filled with bags and boxes. I was pleasantly surprised, but none the less, everything was wiped down with disinfectant wipes just in case.

On the not so great garbage side of things, I did miss out on the first large pick up of the year for a few towns because of the weather. We ended up with an ice storm which knocked power out for a few days to the area. We were lucky however that we have a generator to help us out, and that our neighbourhood was only affected for 24 hours. 

In any case, we're warm and healthy and that's a great treasure in itself :)

Wishing you much happiness for 2017! Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Spring Cleaning - Part 2

Alright, I finally have a bit of time to get into part 2 of my spring cleaning garbage adventure. This area was not as big as some of the others, but it still gave up some awesome stuff.


I picked up a few art pieces as usual. The first 2 are oil paintings, and the one on the right is a print.



Not much electronics wise this time, just a DVD, a PS2 Game and a lone xbox 360 remote 



Kids stuff included this baby bead toy



A big box full of Archie comics. I love these things, I got into them as a kid, and I still read them to this day. Though I got to admit, the more modern ones aren't as good as the classics. 


A box full of magnetic building toys
 


Stuff for the home included this set of 4 hand stitched cat coasters



This cool stone ware baking set 


A digital toaster which worked perfectly fine. This was at a pile that seemed like a move out pile and I think they just thought the toaster was to crumb-y to pack up. It' s like they just didn't want to deal with getting crumbs everywhere on everything so they just thought it would be easier to toss. It's the only explanation I can think of as to why it was tossed.
 

 Misc. kitchen stuff...


and more misc. kitchen stuff

This wired tea light candle holder tree is really pretty, but I was afraid my little guy would end up running into it and gouging an eye out, so I quickly sold it for $10


Some Christmas decor
 

These spiral trees were still stored in their boxes
 

I set them up, they still worked, and I quickly sold them. Easy peasy!
 

I also found some items that were new with tags still on them...

This pretty butterfly mug was still in the box


And this kids highchair


 Folds flat for easy storage!


Tags and instructions still attached
 

And now we get to some of my favourite stuff to find...the vintage stuff :)

A pristine Olympia typewritter


These DIY fix it book for Ford and Chevy
 

A cool wire coat rack
 

And this amazing retro lamp with a fiberglass shade
 

Glass medicine bottles


The box on the left is a game called "Hurry Waiter!". Unfortunately it's empty, but I grabbed it anyways because I love the graphics. The  other box is a complete puzzle of the Apollo 11 astronauts.


Lastly is the most valuable find of this run. This is a send away hockey marble game board from Post cereal. From what I've found out online, the little game player marbles were included inside the cereal boxes, and you had to send away for the game board. This is that game board and it is still with the original box it was mailed in. Unfortunately, there were no hockey marbles in the pile. With the marbles, this would go for over $400...But, as is, with the original box, I can still get about $150-200 for it...that is, if I decide to sell it. I have a few hockey fans in the house who think this is the coolest thing ever. I'll update if I ever sell it.


So, that's another adventure! Part 3 of 4 will be coming up soon, with a little bit about my 2016 selling total.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season, and many treasures for the new year!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Spring Cleaning - Part 1



For the next few posts, I'm going to focus on all my finds from the big spring clean up that happened this year. Every year all the local townships do a spring clean-up where people can throw whatever they want out at the curb. Usually people have to bring it to the dump themselves, or pay a small fee to throw out anything more than the towns imposed 2 bag limit.

Bigger townships split their area up and do one section every weekend, but the smaller ones do it one weekend only. Last year it was pretty spread out, but this year they almost all decided to do it on the same weekend. It was insanity and a lot of driving. My sister in law and niece were also visiting for that weekend, and since they had seen and heard of all my treasures, they asked if they could come with me.

It was really nice and fun having other people to go with. We were out the entire day and came home with a completely packed car. We even managed to find a cargo roof bin in someones pile, hook it up to the top of my van, and fill it with stuff.

So here is a look at the stuff picked up on week 1...

Lots of kid stuff...


 





 


 A vintage ET and Cabbage Patch Doll


 Also what I guess was a competitor to the Easy Bake Oven, the Micro Lite Oven from Robin Hood




 The heat from the light bulb in this lamp makes a scene twirl around. The images then get projected onto the wall. This one had a Noah's Ark theme







Some decorative items...





"Arrr! I'll be keeping all your change safe from looters!" I love this pirate piggy bank. I thought it only appropriate to photograph him in front of my fish tank :)

Christmas stuff...





Electronics...

This vintage Panasonic Radio/TV is pretty cool. I can just imagine kids in the 70's lugging this thing to the beach in the summer.


A box full of Sony Playstation stuff
 

And Xbox as well
 

A nice working alarm clock/radio 


Lots of art...

 This first paining is my favourite. I called him "Armando". This painting gives off a total "Godfather" vibe to me for some reason.


However, on the back it says "Bobby (in his 30's)" I'm still going to call him Armando though :P 



Vintage prints


The one in the middle here is actually an old colorized photo...
 

Here is a closer look at it 


Its signed by someone..
 

No clues on the back as to the date or photographer unfortunately
 

I tried to enhance the photo so you could see the colorization
 

Some other mics stuff...

A coffee bean grinder


A Joshua Perrets Purse
 

Some DVD box sets
 

This cool marble ashtray
 


These cute vintage french books
 

I love the old illustrations...
 

This sexy cat costume
 

An old street sign
 

A prayer mat
 


This nice wall lamp
 

Some nicely carved wood sculptures
 

The one on the left is signed "Vladimir". If anyone has any info about these, I'd love to hear it.

 I found this box marked "Wreath war"

Inside was this unused commemorative wreath. I donated this to a legion in a near by town
 


This waste basket is one of my favourite finds. It didn't look like anything special at first. I just grabbed it at a pile and loaded it up with a few more things I had grabbed and threw it all into my car.


Once I got home I got a good look at it and I knew it was old. I looked up the name printed on the bottom, "The Massillon Wire  Basket Co.", and found out this garbage basket is over 100 years old!



Lastly, and sadly, I also pulled this pelt out of a bag. At first I thought it was a calf, but now I believe it to be a cougar. Some poor animal had to die to be somebody's wall decoration, only to be thrown in the trash once someone got tired of looking at his coat on the wall.


That's all for part 1, stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!
Keep looking out for treasures, and happy picking!