In a previous post (http://wp.me/pM4Gz-74), I brushed on my theories as to why some areas/neighborhoods/routes yield more finds, or even specific types of finds. This illustrates how developed my experience with trash picking is…. or just how much I think about it. Following, is what I’ve discovered that applies to where I pick:
Friday Route – I always find lots of great vintage furniture, decor & accessories. Additionally, good for yard & garden stuff. Demographic – suburban middle-class neighborhood with lots about 1/2 an acre or less & no cookie cutter housing; established in the late 50’s-70’s, Retiree’s now looking to sell & move to their retirement destination or a smaller place; closer to retirement residents finally making use of kids rooms now that they’re all moved out. Every few months find a major house clean-out with boxes of attic & basement stuff.
Thursday Route – Great for general household, newer items & kid room decor & toys. Developments with houses picked from a book kind of plan but one with more options on where porches & garages were put, types of materials used, brickwork, etc. Houses on smaller lots (1/4 acre tops), but developed with taste. established in the late 90’s; has a center of the loop with a lake, playground and even a few of the original trees(!). Mix of semi-retired & slightly upper middle-class families with kids looking to have a place with minimum maintenance, yet can still garden. Close to all schools & athletic fields.
Wednesday Route – If I get out in time, by far, the BEST route for just the sheer volume & variety of finds. A lot of cookie-cutter housing developments established in late 90’s; middle-class neighborhoods established in the 50’s-70’s with various sized lots; a few upper-middle class developments established in the 80’s & early 2000. This route could easily have me making a few trips home to unload if I gave myself the option. This route is worth taking a day off after Christmas or a three/four day weekend just to pick (well, at least for me, but I have a decent amount of ‘vacation’ days banked…). In 1/2 an hour (lately, my average available time before work), I easily cover four cookie-cutter developments; one each of the 80s-00 est. developments; two 50-70s developed; and two general neighborhoods with generous sized lots. That’s ten total…
Tuesday Route – I rarely hit this one just because it’s in the opposite direction of work (all of about three miles), but demographically, very similar to Wednesday route, just not as big & the neighborhoods are spaced further apart. I will hit this if I haven’t picked in awhile & find it Tuesday morning, I have off, or if there were an abundance of yard sales the weekend prior to trash day.
Monday Route – Same town as Friday route, except this side includes a few cookie-cutter McMansion-type developments & a few more ‘starter’ homes, so there’s more kid stuff – which I rarely pick. Not as great as Friday route, but still worth it.
How about you? Do you have a ‘route’, or favorite area? Do you have a strategy when you pick? To what extent?