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Dumpster Diving!

Posted by Allison on October 21, 2011

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a snob.  Wait, I should clarify, I USED to be a snob.  Since moving back from overseas I have changed.  I remember when we were selling everything before we moved I was astonished at how much ‘stuff’ we had.  I vowed that I would never again be a slave to name brands and new things.  Then when we lived in Germany I watched how people live.  There is no buying new furniture just because you no longer like your couch.  Germans buy quality stuff and keep itforever.  I really respect that.  I also became much more involved in recycling and reusing items.  When we moved to London I was astonished at the amount of trash on the streets.  Sure some people recycled but it was no uncommon to see people just throw their water bottles on the street as they walked along.  It gave me a headache to walk along the high street and see the amount of garbage strewn everywhere.  Oh and tipping?  Disgusting.  Tipping is the act of just dumping your crap in an open space.  Happens all the time in London.  There is even a television show following council workers who track down serial tippers.  Fast forward back to Edmonton and I made a conscience choice that I was going to live a more sustainable live.  Yes it helps that I’m broke but that’s only part of it.  I have been looking to fill this house with only items that I love that have been either preloved or in need of restoration.So a few weeks ago while walking down the street I saw this dresser.  Just sitting out by the dumpster a couple blocks from my house.

Car?  Who needs a car?

The house is furnished with as much second hand good quality furniture I can find.  The best ones are free.  There is a yumminess of getting something completely free.  Like our new china cabinet…

But there is also an evil delight in getting something because YOU think it’s valuable but someone else doesn’t see it’s beauty.  And that is what happened with Miss Things new vanity.  I love it!  She loves it!  And someone was sick of it and sold it for 10 bucks.

There are also little savings that make me super happy too.   Like going to the mail and finding that it’s SAMPLE DAY!

I like to have a floss and mouth wash in travel size to throw in my purse….so why not get it for free!

4 Responses to “Dumpster Diving!”

  1. Kris said

    Good for you! I too am continuing on my quest to recycle more and buy less!!

  2. lovelinest said

    My husband and I are professional junkers. We’ve actually made a good bit of money reselling things. Plus, very few things in our house were bought brand new. I sort of think people, who have to have brand names and everything new and expensive are stupid. I feel sorry for them for what they are missing out on because of where they’re placing all they’re energy.

    • Allison said

      This week saw a new (to me) crockpot, an espresso maker and a juicer all being rehomed to me. I will never buy new again in my life. Nothing feels as good as getting shit for cheap! I’m addicted to it! If you friend me on facebook you’ll see a whole album dedicated to my thrifty finds!

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