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Saturday, February 18th, 2012
11:22 pm
Dumpster Diving in Montreal

I'm wondering if there's anyone from Montreal who would be interested in sharing their knowledge with me! I recently started to be interested in dumpster diving but I don't quite know where to start. I'm also looking for partners to go with me :)

Current Mood: hopeful
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Friday, November 4th, 2011
8:34 am
after hours goodwill dropoffs
So...not exactly dumpster diving question...but close.

What are everyone's thoughts on the items left at goodwill during the night?

I dropped off some items this morning and saw a flower pot i wanted that someone had left during the night. I came back left them an envelope with $2 and wrote down what I took. Am I just being too honest? Is this stuff up for grabs? Especially since I was donating items?
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Monday, September 26th, 2011
10:34 am
Looking for White Tailored Men's Shirt
I'm looking for a white tailored men's shirt, what kind of areas can I look for one in a residential dumpster?
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Saturday, July 30th, 2011
10:11 am
Help! My Mom Won't Let me Clean up After Recycling /Dumpster Diving!
Two ay ago was my 51st and my mom won't let
me clean up the bathroom and anything I bring home or use in
recycling/dumpster diving because she says household
cleaners and dishwashing soap ruin water pipes!
I recycle/dumpster dive because I'm disabled and the money
and or the things I occassional bring home give me a
meassure of independence. Everything I seem to do is
destructive and abusing the to the house including storing
cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink! She talks to me
about that as if there is something wrong with for having
them She often compares me to Howard Hughes!
Yesterday I was accused of abusing and breaking the washer
by pretreating my dirty smelly clothes with diswashing
detergent and cutting my clothes to alter them--she says the
fabric unravels and ruins the washer!

People have suggested to me my mom's behavior is a pattern
of emotional abuse.
What can I do?
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Thursday, June 30th, 2011
2:49 am
So, what do you guys consider "dumpster diving"? I basically consider it anything that I can get for free out by the trash on the side of the road or such, not ONLY things I pull from store dumpsters. I found this AWESOME shelf thingy-EXACTLY what I had been looking for to put my crossstitch & sewing magazines in (which, I oddly enough, inherited or got from freecycle...) the other day on my way home from a party (I was quite hungover), and I literally stopped, pulled a blanket and some yarn (it was all I had at the moment, lol) out of my trunk, and tossed the blanket over the top of my 1993 toyota paseo (yes, THAT cheap little POS car...), pushed the shelf thingy onto the top of the car and tied it down with red yarn.

Yep. I proved how cheap I am that day!

Pictures of my shelf thingy.Collapse )

Current Mood: creative
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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
11:33 pm
Anyone have any experience dumpster diving Petco or Petsmart or any other pet stores in Philly? or pet stores in general I guess?
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Friday, May 13th, 2011
12:52 pm
Hey divers!
Anyone in the University of Arizona area? How do you find the pickings? Any really great spots? Off campus housing?
Whats the worst that can happen, if busted?

A group of friends & I scoped things out Thursday night, but there was a LOT of foot traffic, and mostly waste garbage. We did find some treasures tho:
Two laptops (scrapable),
Nice Tshirts & shorts,
Twin size comforter, bedskirts, and sheet set (in its bag),
Mesh clothing hamper,
Razor scooter,
Storage crates,
& other trinkets like stickers, coin tins, etc

Saturday is the dorm move out deadline, so I'm planning on checking things out again this weekend.
Any advice, tips, anything would be great  :)

Keep diving!!
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Thursday, May 12th, 2011
8:55 pm
Anyone have any tips for Austin, TX? Or want to go together?
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Friday, April 8th, 2011
9:55 am
A fortunate coincidence got use soon-to-be-tossed shelves for free. Invaluable at our flea market booth.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
7:27 pm
I just came back from 10 days picking trees on a giant farm, spending my nights camping in the woods and days on my knees in the dirt. The Treepick happens twice a year every year, and this was my very first year attending. This kind of piecework attracts a lot of interesting people, much of whom are travelers, anarchists, performers, or woodsmen. It isnt surprising then that every single person in our gang was a dumpster diver!

We arrived to find that the boss had already dived us a few boxes of vegetables and candy. We had yellow squash, eggplant, cinnamon hearts, and flavoured honey straws. Every day after work we would then hit the Giant Tiger dumpster, bringing home flashing christmas ornaments which we hung around camp, turkey jerky, doughnuts, cookies, and more boxes of veggies. Another successful dive rendered 10 packages of hotdogs! After 6 days or so of that, we had a day off due to pouring rain, so we piled into a car and hit the nearest town! At Mac's we found 50 Kit Kat bars, and a handful of other chocolate bars. We then drove over to the Giant Tiger and scored a carload of cookies, doughnuts, honey buns, and every other sweet treat you can imagine! We also found fake crab meat, which i was not brave enough to try.

What I loved about this was that we all barely had to open our wallets to feed ourselves for the whole contract! We ate healthfully and well because we were willing to work together and bring food back to camp, creating giant curries and stews, fried and roasted veggies, and roasted hotdogs!

Someday I want to run a collective that works much like this. 10 packs of hotdogs? No problem! It will be eaten! 50 Chocolate bars? it will last only 2 days! All the access food we dive will either go to support us, or the long list of people in need that we keep updated. Nothing will ever go to waste!

Current Mood: accomplished
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Friday, April 1st, 2011
10:35 am
Second Hand "Metrosexual Kit" in Dumpster
Yesterday on my route I found an opened mud pack, a small bottle of body lotion, a quarter bottle of Ivory body wash, an aroma therapy body lotion, and an anti-oxidant lotion--things for a little "metrosexual kit" (I hope metrosexual hasn't gone out) ;).

I used a small amount in the shower after I came home. The rest I will use later.
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Friday, March 25th, 2011
1:31 pm
I'm a dumpster diving maniac!
The first time I ever dug through trash I found a unopened pack of ciggs, and a lighter.. I don't smoke.
Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) my husband does. Whenever I dumpster dive I find fruit, usually grapes. And they are delicious!


Current Mood: crazy
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Monday, March 14th, 2011
11:02 am
How Long Can "Dive" Donuts Stay Good in a Ziplock Bag?
On my can route I've been collecting donuts behind a donut shop dumpster and storing them in a ziplock bag in the pantry. Given the time they might have been disgarded and the time I've collected them, how long can the donuts stay good stored in a ziplock bag? Can donuts be frozen?
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Thursday, February 24th, 2011
12:31 pm
Seeking frequent dumpsterers for friendship
 As I do it on my own just about every single time, for a long time I have been wanting to have online pals who dumpster dive a lot of what they eat like I do.  If anyone would like to stay in touch to share experiences and make friends please contact me. Thanks!!
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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
11:33 am
Sexually Harassed While "Diving"
Have any of you been sexually harassed while dumpster diving?
Years ago ,some guy asked me to have sex with him and he would pay me!
I was looking for cans and some small stuff! Where did he get the idea I would do him for money!? I wanted to punch him!

Current Mood: pissed off
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Saturday, February 19th, 2011
11:09 am
Where can I Look to Find Snacks?

I'm new here, I can't dive really early nor late but this is my question:
Where can I look for sweet snacks in dumpsters? Sometimes I bring them to munch on while waiting for the library to open. By the way I try to restrict the consumption of sweets, just in case you're worried. ;)

Current Mood: curious
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Monday, January 10th, 2011
1:43 am
Waitrose at 8:30. Excitement, a red face. A neighbour kept the door open for me.

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Brought a bagful to my friend's. Left a lot of lovely croissants behind.

Current Mood: Halfdrunk
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
10:20 pm
Anyone In Lansing, Michigan?
I'm kind of new to the frugal lifestyle, as I've been trying to cut costs where I can... diving seems to be a great way to cut down on the grocery bill and come up with some neat things in the process, but I'm pretty nervous since I've never tried it. Also, I really don't know anyone who's done it before and I'd like to go with someone/a group of people I could learn from the first few times at least.

So a few questions:

Is anyone on here from the Lansing area?

Are there any groups for this area that have an online community? I noticed Food Not Bombs had an East Lansing branch listed, but only a phone number and PO Box... no website or email.

Does anyone know of good places in the area to dive?

Anyone know the local laws for this sort of thing? Is dumpster diving outlawed around here, or is it perfectly legal? I'm totally in the dark.

Any help would be appreciated! :)
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Sunday, January 9th, 2011
2:55 am
What to do about getting caught...
I am relatively new to dumpster diving. I've only been doing it for about a year. My friend and I got caught last month getting food from a store we've been to a thousand times before....by the employees. They weren't too friendly about it, but they did let us go after a loooong lecture and quite a lot of stereotyping. Now it's a little weird thinking about going back there, but they throw out the best food, so we really want to. How can we avoid getting caught again?
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
1:42 pm
So there's this dude who made a documentary on diving wants to send a copy of his film to every TJ/WF in the US.
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