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!
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….