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Treasure in the trash
We've all heard of the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" and it couldn't be truer. I can't believe how amazing the roadside garbage service is here in America. You can literally put almost anything on the roadside and it will be taken away. Quite the opposite in England; it's almost a part-time job separating the trash into the multiple different trash bins allocated by the county:
There's a separate bin for tins, glass, foil, plastic, paper, general, degradable, compost, "smelly" so when I go back to the UK on vacation, it takes me several days to work out the rubbish protocol. And there is no way the 'rubbishmen' will remove any large item ~ not likely.
I live in Florida and on trash days you can find furniture, appliances, paintings, sports equipment, sofas, carpeting, lamps, dishwashers, office equipment, microwaves and more all put out at the bottom of the garden waiting to be picked up. It's amazing!
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and climate; it's also known as a place where aging Northerners come to spend their twilight years. Because of this, there are multiple occasions when these old folk die. Oftentimes the family live up North and haven't the time or tenacity to be bothered with an estate sale. As such, it is ripe for the pickings on trash day.
Our beautiful warm weather helps as certain items put out for trash do not degrade. I have driven along Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and other beautiful neighborhoods early on trash day morning and found amazing items waiting to be removed.
These are often valuable. For example, I found two 1960's tennis rackets (still in their press) out for the trash in my local neighborhood. I rang the doorbell and spoke to the owner and asked if he realized these rackets may be valuable. He said he was just happy to be rid of them and was happy for me to take them away.
I sold the rackets on ebay and got $392 for the pair. During another early morning walk, I noticed two framed pictures leaning against the trash. These were also not wanted. I got home and noticed they were signed. I sold on ebay for $215 each. I also have a wonderful rattan sofa which just needed painting and new cushions, and I have a new Bougainvillea tree which also left out for the trash.
So check it out in your affluent areas... you never know what you may find!