Trash or Treasure?

In condo life, if you don't arrange for your trash to be removed, it must remain near the dumpster for normal garbage collection. Someone dies and 40 years of furniture and bedding gets stacked along side of a dumpster. Sometimes, items that are in fair to good condition get recycled. It's there in the morning and an hour later it's gone, before the garbage truck passes by.
I've watched the sanitation crew load a sofa into the back and the arm comes down splitting the sofa into pieces to be consumed by the steel arm and not seen again. They usually do a quick check under cushions to see if there's cash under there... One worker said only coins... he's waiting for surprise payoff of a wad of 100's

During the night, a statue was placed in front of a dumpster near the community entrance. Badly weathered, it was obviously on display in someones back patio. When it's time to go, it's time to go and by noon, the statue disappeared!
I figured the new owner painted it with polyurethane and the statue 'lives again'

I don't know what religion/culture worshiped him, but it was important for one man's trash to become another man's treasure.

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A friend of mine in Florida told me there's a day a year when all the bulky items can be left out for pickup in her area, and she sets off treasure hunting, and can see all her neighbours idly out and looking as well. Her best find has been two classic wooden garden chairs. They needed only to be sanded down and varnished, she'd seen new ones selling on very upmarket sites at $1500 each. She sold them on for $2000, easy pay for a couple of hour's work.

In UK we are more likely to take stuff along to a weekend carboot sale, give to charity, or recycle, very different mind-set, but that's not to say occasional finds can't be spotted . laugh
A friend helped his relatives clean out their garage. He said some of the things were good, but the relative wanted to part with them.
Not knowing what to do, he went to the weekend flea market and sold nearly everything, making more on the weekend that his regular job.
Work got around that he was available to clear out apartments and garages and it became a steady income.

All this happened years before Facebook and Craig's List.

2 years ago I helped my nephew pack a container that moved his belongings to California.
What didn't fit, we were able to 'Craig's List' and moved things like children's toys, bedding and furniture.
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Someone put a metal filing cabinet near the dumpster early this morning and it was gone an hour later!

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Probably the fbi took it to check for top secret files professor
Probably Ray.
Someone told them you've got the DECLASSIFIED rubber stamp.
I think they were headed to your place.
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