I trash pick.

I’m not even ashamed of it – unless I get caught by the owners of the trash, that is. The TRUTH is – I love it. I talk to anyone and everyone about it because I ❤ Treasure Hunting. If the treasures are among the unwanted and thrown away – so be it.

It’s incredible what people throw away.

Recently my neighbor died. (Read about that here.) His adult daughter came and cleaned out his apartment. She bagged up everything, marked it as trash and left. I’m not gonna lie – I dug through every single bag. The result was, I now have six large black trashbags of good (some new) clothes to go to a charitable thrift store that supports an organization I love.

I had four bags of good men’s pants, shirts, blankets, and socks that I handed out to the homeless last Saturday.

I have enough stuff for an entire yard sale.

I also found actual money; brand new, in the package AA batteries, several ebay-able items and enough kitchen wares to stock a kitchen.


Hand Painted Rochard. There were two of these in a box marked “Trash.” Oh yeah, they’re already on ebay.

Unwanted. -Not by me.

And since we’re on this topic – this is one of my most favorite blogs: http://garbagefinds.com/2014/04/23/public-relations/

10 thoughts on “Unwanted

  1. My husband use to do what he called dumpster diving with his fellow sculptor friends for found objects to be used as art materials. I now do something called upcycling in my art work, which I posted about for the letter U. Your adventures with the unwanted sound fun and like a journey of discovery. Far too much that is usable is considered trash. I admire your attitude!


  2. Wow, what a waste would it have been to toss all that out. Kudos to you for digging through it 🙂 Sounds like quite the treasure hunt!

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  3. I don’t understand how easily people can waste. They have apparently never been through a time when they had to scrimp. I applaud your efforts with saving that man’s belongings in order to help others. Myself, I get every last bit of use out of things when I can. Clothes that have been worn to pieces get cut into usable fabric pieces for upcycling to other projects. I like the thrill that comes from creating something out of nothing. Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

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