Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dumpster Diving

Ok I admit it I cannot pass those large dumpsters people rent without at least pulling over and taking a quick peek. They used to drop them off at my old job at night and then pick them up in the morning. I usually had about 15 minutes to cross the street and take a look. Usually they were empty or full of trash but I did get a few things while I was there. So there I was heading out of my housing track and in one of the drive ways was a giant dumpster. I figured they were cleaning out the house so I stopped and talked to the guy that was doing the dumping. He was a little miffed at first but did let me go thru the dumpster and take what I wanted. Not much that time but got some early HO train stuff ,a nice old shipping crate and a few other odds and ends. That dumpster was picked up the next day. The other day a new dumpster arrive on the street so I know there must be more to come. Sure enough over the last weekend more treasures ( Junk) was filling up the bin. I did stop one night for a quick glance but started to think maybe the neighbors would not like me making noise at 10:30 pm so I cut my dig short. I finally went by yesterday and the man was there so again he let me go thru the dumpster. I got another crate a few spray snow cans and the found a nice box of travel stuff. This morning I went thru the box and Wow was there some great stuff from the area and also from florida. I took a few shots to give you and idea. I think to myself how much get dumped out never seen by us collectors. I get to go back on Friday to save about 200 issues on Popular science so look for a post after I get them home and maybe I will shoot a few undercover shots when I am in the house.



5 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

WOW!!! Some of my best finds are from dumpsters!..

Those theme park brochures are worth some $$$, trust me, I've paid $$$ for some of those on Ebay! Let me know whats in that vintage Knott's bag, maybe we can make a deal :-)

Same with those PS issues, I buy them by the "Lot" on Ebay and they usually fetch decent prices... Can't wait to see them.

Anonymous said...

ok, so this is what kills me - that someone considers that stuff to be trash! When in doubt, at least give it to a thrift store! And then they censor it too - which is why I want to 'rescue' everything I see which may be of interest to someone somewhere.... truly the stuff of my nightmares, thank you for saving it and giving future generations a chance to see and appreciate this great stuff!

Major Pepperidge said...

Well, that is definitely what separates the men from the boys! I never would have thought to check out a dumpster, but seeing what you found, it might be time to change my thinking.

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Elizabeth said...

Wow, that stuff is just wonderful- now I see what my Retro Roadmap Archives will look like in just a few years. Great find!