About Trashfinds

Trash picking, dumpster diving, curbside recycling – call it whatever you want. I have been a trash picker for as long as I can remember. I’m Amy & I started trashfinds.com, mainly because I love talking trash – finds, saves, scores, uses, tips, whatever! After countless conversations I’ve had with people that, in a hushed voice, admit they too have found this or that in the trash, it really began bothering me that trash picking has such a negative connotation and people are made to feel it’s a bad thing. There are countless stories of people trash picking rare works of art & antiques worthy enough for high-end auction houses, but why should trash picking be acceptable only when the find is equated with a large some of money? I have never felt less of a person because I trash pick. I’m equally fascinated & perplexed with what we as a culture produce, consume & discard.

While there was a period I didn’t broadcast my love for trash picking, that faded into taking offense that I didn’t. Why shouldn’t I be proud to save money & keep things from heading to a landfill? Why can’t I revel in the fact that I have helped others – whether it be finding them items they’ve been looking for, or just getting them to rethink how they consume & discard?

I’m always happy to share my love for trash picking & the bounty that can be had, but I love to hear about other trash pickers finds & adventures.  Feel free to share your stories of success, disappointment, or sheer enthusiasm when it comes to making  good trash finds!

Amy

www.twitter.com/trashfinds

trashfinds@gmail.com

Our gnome gravatar pic that can be found bouncing around the web was a trashfind.  I like to think he’s prospecting & looking out for trash finds.

6/21/13 – It’s been some time since I’ve been posting regularly, which means, it’s also been some time since I tweaked a few things and maintained Trashfinds.  We’ll get there….

 

4 Responses to About Trashfinds

  1. tess says:

    hi, hope that you are well, looking forward to new posts

  2. Cheryl says:

    I am no stranger to finding the best free junk! My recliner in my living room? FREE!!! My 2nd one ? FREE!! My kitchen chairs? 50 cents each!! Headboard with shelves and mirrors? FREE!! My dish drainer? You guessed it, FREE! I am guessing about 92 % of what is in my home is rescued or found because others thought it was garbage. I just love these finds and always will!!

  3. Donna says:

    Stumbled across your website; I love it. I come from a trash-picking backround. My dad and I salvaged buildings slated for demolition. The proceeds bought us a Lincoln Continental.

  4. Noreen says:

    I just retired and am color-coding a map of the streets of a near-by town by trash pick-up days (they pick-up different areas each day of the week). I’m not really a picker from way back but over the past 30 years of raising 2 kids by myself have learned the value of the used market. I live in a high end town too but they have relegated trash pick-up to one barrel that is supplied by them and nothing else (I don’t know where the good stuff goes in this town). Now if I’m up, and feel like it, I cruise the other town’s streets with my faithful Boston Terrier (she was free too, no one wanted her, bad leg and she’s the sweetest nicest dog I ever had). I often flip what I find as I don’t really need anything. To me, picking is “sport”. Who thought retirement could be such fun?!

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