People throw away usable things. Homeless people and young “freegans” have figured that out. They go dumpster diving. I’ve done that before…
Nowadays I don’t actually find the best supermarket dumpster and go out with friends at night to forage. My husband isn’t into that. But last week I did notice a wooden bench on my neighbor’s curb to be picked up by the trash men. I’ve desired a bench for my front yard. This one was free. Sure, it was beat up. Sure, some dog had chewed gashes into the side. But some sanding and a fresh coat of paint could fix those problems.
Some people would be too self conscious to walk down the street carrying a neighbor’s trashed bench. I sometimes wonder if that neighbor has noticed her old bench in my yard. But I don’t really care. I’ve wanted a sitting place, and now I have one. For free.
P.S. Saving other people’s throw-always from the landfill by renewing and repurposing them is not only good for the pocket book, but it’s good for the environment, too.