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Road Finds
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Mike D    Posted 06-23-2003 at 05:41:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
On our way to work early Sat. morning (const.) my buddy saw that someone had stacked up a big pile of steel square tubing. They put it out with their trash. There was an old mattress, and a bunch of broken furniture. Lots of garbage bags.

We worked all day and took the work truck home. Then took his empty truck back to that trash pile. Our curiousity had worked hard on us.

The place had changed hands. A professional couple had bought it. They were having a cleaning crew go through the place and everything not nailed down got put out for the trash man.

Well- we loaded up 7 Reese hitches for Fords and Dodges, a Myers snowplow yoke, 33 brand new Esco excavator teeth (big ones), a Technics tuner, several shovels, and a dome tent. I won't list the rest of it. Mostly usable goodies. His 3/4 ton truck was riding low in the back.

Funny what folks will throw out. Your turn!

Mike D.


OJ    Posted 06-23-2003 at 17:26:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I only pick up hats and gloves.


Jimbob    Posted 06-23-2003 at 16:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Jewish friend that went 'junkin'. He has an industrial route plus residential. He never cared for Jewish neighborhoods as all Jews would take items to the Salvation Army for a tax writeoff. The other neighboorhoods (Christian) would have nice items because they would not seek that many tax writeoffs- easier to throw it out. He made about $15K a year average. He also had a regular job.


Randy    Posted 06-23-2003 at 11:24:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Funny seeing your post. Just sold an hour ago a Limbert mission oak chair for $150 that I found on the side of the road during free dump week.


Whew, got to be happy    Posted 06-23-2003 at 11:29:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a find, and to see it through to cash in your pocket. Congrats- Mike D.


Salmoneye    Posted 06-23-2003 at 10:37:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Found many a hand tool...More bungee cords than I can count...Got a brand new (tags still on it never installed) zero-clearance fireplace...The kind that you can safely build into a stud wall...Price tag said $429...

First thing I do at a lawn sale is hit the free pile...Best free find so far was a Snap-On Ignition Tester in the box in the wrapper...Guy had 'won' it as a door prize and had never even opened it...

I need more sheds...


buck    Posted 06-23-2003 at 10:10:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Was driving around the 495 beltway around DC once and abruptly pulled off to the shoulder.Guy with me wanted to know what was wrong and I told him that there was a 12" cresent wrench laying in the middle lane and I had to figure how to get it. He said "you are crazy as H***". I always keep an eye out for others cast-a-ways but I think the best find that I ever made was a Brake lathe complete with all adapters. Got this at the county landfill and it is hard to say how much I saved and/or made with this tool. Passed it on to a friend when I retired.


Oh Man, Buck,    Posted 06-23-2003 at 11:01:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Tom, I drive 495 alot. I66 too. Either you have swiftfeet, dumb luck, are Irish, or you are one lucky man. Mike D.

p.s. found a new 5 foot orange fiber glass step ladder on the bridge on Rt 123 crossing I66 one day. I just knew it fell off a plumbers truck up ahead of me. I chased that guy all the way to Occoquan. When I finally got to him at a light I told him that I picked up his 5 foot step ladder up in Vienna. He laughed really hard. Then told me he didn't own a 5 foot step ladder. I used that thing for 10 more years before the legs finally gave out.


you *are* crazy!    Posted 06-23-2003 at 10:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I drive 495 and 270 almost daily.

I also love to stop and pick up good stuff off roads, but I never would even think of doing it on either of those two roads. I can't imagine you managed to survive and write your post! reee-haaaa!

Tom A


buck    Posted 06-23-2003 at 12:01:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

Crazy Yes It do have it's advantages at times. As for 95/495/66/270 and skads of other roads around DC/Fairfax area. Remember standing by back in the early 70's from word from courts to continue design on I66. I actually walked most of I66 from DC to 123 when that was all woods and can say that I got stuck in mud on I66. With Metro. sound walls reinforced earth and the like there were a lot of high tech stuff put into I66 that later branched out into all areas of VA. I was an Hydraulics(drainage) Engineer for VDOT. Now retired. My last trip to the DC area was when my son got married at George Washington University and apparently our lemo driver was new to the area as he took us on a good long tour. Now if you continue to drive in this madhouse on a daily basis then I guess you in the same crazy pot that I'm in.


Mike D.    Posted 06-23-2003 at 12:40:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That I66 business had a whole lot of folks spittin mad, and even somewhat crazy when VDOT started it up. And here all along you had tromped through them knots of trees & poison ivy vines.
The folks driving it now are crazier than the folks that opposed it. But still, that 12" wrench was a good find...


Ana    Posted 06-23-2003 at 10:02:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, I love road finds and have picked up lots of stuff, some useful, some just trash that needed to be gotten out of the road. I am one of those goody-two-shoes that hates roadside trash and think it's terrible the way people throw trash out the window for others to have to look at. And I DO consider a lit cigarette trash. But we live on a dead end country road---talk about trash dumped! It was more than I could handle so I am lucky that the county administrator is also a goody-two-shoes!


You are a good soul-    Posted 06-23-2003 at 11:19:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is some stisfaction in having the liter slow down, and some day I hope it stops. We keep our strecth of road picked up. Have not found any treasures there though. Keep up the good work. Maybe someone will take note and pick up after themselves.


WallSal55    Posted 06-23-2003 at 08:35:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Found a blender once in a trash can walking
my kids home from the pool. Took it home and
got another year's use out of it making milkshakes for the kids. Then the motor
went out.


Red Dave    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife is one of those folks who throw everything out if it has no immediate use to her. I, on the other hand, am a packr...er, collector yea, that's it, collector.
When I die, you-all should come by my house 'cause all my good stuff will be in the yard before I'm cold.

I expect a sign in the yard to say: Funeral at 10:00 AM, Yard Sale at 1:00 PM.


Ron,Ar    Posted 06-23-2003 at 09:22:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine won't throw anything away, she just says "can't you put it somewhere". That generally means the shop which is full now.BTW tell her to keep us in mind about that yard sale. We wouldn't want your stuff to go to waste. he he he


WallSal55 -    Posted 06-23-2003 at 08:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow! Hope you both get along or at least have
a compromise worked out.
At my house, I have to dig through things to make sure my stuff didn't get pitched. I find
a lot of valuable stuff, too that can go to
goodwill, etc.
Has always been a battle ground for me.


Red Dave    Posted 06-23-2003 at 08:47:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lets just say, she has her areas and I have mine. Her's are a lot less cluttered though.


dig    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:26:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to live in a college town and it never ceased to amaze me what the kids would throw away. I've gotten fans, tvs, stereos, chairs, desks, couches, beds. One day I found a 2 gallon glass jar half full of pennies. Like over $75 worth. Kid couldn't find room in the car and just threw it away.

But the best one. One year the city put a big construction dumpster on one end of Main Street for anything to be thrown in. Appliances, chemicals, tires, all the stuff that the trash collectors won't normally take. There was a steady stream of cars and trucks stopping by the dumpster. At the end of 2 weeks, there was 1 old, rusted to pieces refrigerator in the dumpster. Everything else had been taken by someone dumping their own trash.


Man what a plan.    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:36:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why isn't that done all over the country? One man's trash is another man's treasure. Women too of course!


Redneck    Posted 06-23-2003 at 15:14:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Because there is too much money stuck in pockets of politicians to make us put every item that ain't nailed down in the trash so the trash company can get richer,and the politician can get their kickbacks.

Sort of like the school lunchrooms.They give the kids the dicance to pay for every grain of food.If they are free lunch kids,they still have to pay for any extras.And for what?So that what is left over can be dumped in the trash.Not donated to soup kitchens etc or given to kids that are still hungry,but thrown away.Why? So that the money will still be taken to buy the quota.Like government work huh!


Cindi    Posted 06-23-2003 at 06:14:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh no doubt! There was a time in my life when 'curb surfing' was not only entertaining, but paid off!

One night right after Christmas my sister-in-law and I were trolling for treasures and we came across a 'fancy' neighborhood. I had no reservations at all about stopping for what appeared to be a fairly new vacuum cleaner. There was time enough to find out if it worked or not, so we loaded it up. My vacuum had just *^*& the bed so I had nothing to lose.

The I came across a small chair further down the road that looked perfect for my daughter's desk. I stopped and was looking it over. My SIL and I had already discussed the relative merits and flaws of this little chair when we both got the feeling that we were not alone.

There just a few yards away under a tree and in the shadows was the homeowner, listening quietly as we discussed the quality of his cast off items. Well of course then we had to ask permission to take the chair, which he readily gave, chuckling.

"Want to check out the garage as well?" He asked.

We all three burst out laughing.

"No...no...this is fine, thank you."

We couldn't get in the truck fast enough and never went back to that particular neighborhood again. I graduated to garage sales after that and then actually started shopping in stores. The variety was much better. By the way. The vacumm worked for several years!


funny-    Posted 06-23-2003 at 06:46:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I helped on a big renovation project several years back. The honcho on the job said we could have anything in the dumpster. This house we were working on was built in the 30's. It had beautiful white pine raised panel doors. They all got thrown out. While digging them out of the dumpster on a Friday night after work, a woman asked me what I was doing with those old junky doors. I told her that they were much better than the masonite doors that were going to be used on the project. She made a hmmph noise. On Monday the honcho introduced me to her. She was the new owner. I about died. They spent over a million on the redo and got hollow doors!
I still have those doors, all 18 of them. They are tucked away in our tobacco barn.

Folks seem to think that 'new' is a whole lot better than something old that someone else has had.
Over the years I have remodeled many kitchens. I have a big stash of old cabinets and sinks, cooktops, etc. Someday we will have a kitchen with that eclectic look that the decorators are pushing on people...

There are many ways to recycle, huh?


WallSal55    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:16:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, a school got gutted because it had a mold
problem in the ventilation. So some friends
got a whole shed full of stuff they hauled out
of the school and brought home by u-haul.
Anyway, we got a computer chair, dictionaries, countertops--which became my new kitchen countertop and a countertop for a workbench for my husband in the garage.--He helped them load and unload.
Oh, and the T-shirts along side the road in
the summer--usually fall off the tractors, etc.
on hot summer days! Found one once that washed
up beautifully.


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