Found in the metal bin at the university trash corral. If I was motivated enough, I could probably make a decent living harvesting and selling all the scrap metal that lands in that bin. That same day I found a ton of other less photogenic but highly useful goodies: lighters, candles, pencils, and a metal hip flask.
What have you found in the trash recently?
It’s time for show and tell. I want to hear about what you’ve found in the trash. In fact, I want to make this whole “dumpster find of the week” post into a forum where we all get to brag about our dumpster booty while secretly weeping over hearts broken by the wastefulness of this, our time and place, and I want to do it together here on this blog.
So my lovelies, this means you! I know that some of you are long-time divers and that some of you are probably curious about giving that old trash pickin’ a try. In the words of the esteemed Dolly Freed: “It’s feasible. It’s easy. It can be done. It should be done. Do it.” Get out there and try your hand at dumpster diving. Take a look around your place. Take some pictures of your dumpster booty, and send ‘em to nicolettekyle (at) yahoo (dot) com with some words about where and how you found the stuff in the picture and what you’re going to do with it. And for safety’s sake, better put “dumpster find of the week” in the subject line.
Tell me a little bit about yourself if you’d like (I’ll keep things as anonymous or blatant as you indicate I should). Tell me about your first time diving, your favorite dumpster, or anything else that seems appropriate at the time. I’ll take your emails and your photos and turn them into a blog post that will show up here, one each Wednesday until one of us stops caring.
Submitting your photos and words to me indicates that you have legal rights to said pictures and words, and that you are giving me legal permission to post your pictures and quote your words on Click Clack Gorilla. If you don’t hear back from me within a week, it means the internet ate your mail and you should try again. So! Get out there and start taking some trashy photos. I can’t wait to see what turns up. It’ll be a regular vicarious dumpster divers’ Christmas.
Want to see some other “dumpster find of the week” posts?
Shipping crates (turned shed)
A kitchen workspace/shelving unit (later given to someone for their workshop)
And the gift that keeps on giving: “the dumpster find ‘o the season”