Monday, October 3, 2016

How do they know it's there?...

Have you noticed that more and more people seem to be putting their unwanted stuff out on the pavement or end of the drive now and it then disappears?.  After trying to make a start on clearing the garage out and even though we had taken stuff to the tip and to the charity shop, we still had an old hoover and two old lawnmowers and some old bits of this of that and an exercise thingy we had never used. So we put it out on the grass at the end of the drive, and sure enough, a few hours later a white van pulled up and two gentlemen loaded it up and took it away. Result for us and for them I suppose. Driving to work the other day I was sitting in traffic and noticed that someone had put some pots and pans and kitchenware out for collection, and truth be told it looked pretty good! one man's trash is another man's treasure they say, and maybe somebody will use the exercise thingy that just gathered dust when we had it. Good for them.

10 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

I have decided to put "free" on the last bits of downsizing from our move. It just seems so effortless.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

We have those white van fellows in Sheffield too - cruising around, looking for scrap metal. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them. They have been known to pick up people's barbecues and garden ornaments too.

Bea said...

We have an old headboard we're not sure what to do with, and I've thought about putting it out front. Part of me thinks that it won't be picked up, and we'll just have to schlepp it back inside again.

There seems to be a proliferation of 'free' junk on my block alone. Most of it seems weather-beaten & in disrepair. Eventually, it does seem to magically disappear. Perhaps my headboard would too?

Cro Magnon said...

My very first computer went into a box marked 'In working condition; free to good home'. It went very quickly; I expect it's a collectors item now!

libby said...

J..quick and easy..what's not to like?
YP...I know what you mean..some of them do look a little rogueish but the job was done so I'm happy.
Bea...well its worth a try isn't it? good luck.
Cro...someone got lucky....spread the joy.

Nana Go-Go said...

I was visiting my sister for the weekend and she took me to this posh hotel for tea and scones. On the way in, we noticed a skip parked just out of view in the overflow car park, atop of which were some stunning pieces of furniture. On the way out, we procured the services of a spare workman who was loading stuff on the already burgeoning pile and my sister came away with a new (to her) beautifully upholstered tub chair, vintage wooden lampshade and a pretty little cupboard thingy. I managed to get a pretty little hall table originally from The Pier and for which I bought some chalk paint today to give it a facelift. The workman told us to beat it before somebody saw us, after he'd helped us into the car with our haul! Wasn't so easy for me to get my table on and off the train on the journey home though but we both made it home saflooely!!Everybody loves something for nothing!!Normally, I'd just try 'Freecycle.org.'!Great to 'see' you Libs.x

sensibilia said...

Hee hee! Even easier than Freecycle (which does require a bit of mental effort). I love it when things find a use rather than filling up landfill.

DUTA said...

There are people who daily collect stuff thrown out. Wood items get a new finish and are sold as antiques; metal items are very sought after by some of them as they are sold to metal dealers for a good price.

Pam said...

We live in a cul-de-sac of five houses and no one ever comes down it except the seven people who live in the street and their friends and the postman and the bin men. I don't think it would work for us.

So sorry to hear about your rubbish September. I do hope October is proving much better. I often feel it would be a relief to blog about the horrible things in one's life, but my extended family read my blog so... it's mainly jolly and happy.

libby said...

Nana..how wonderful...the universe sent you and your sis a present!.x
S..waste not want not eh?
Duta...welcome. I hope that they did do something with the items.
Pam...thankyou...life isn't all roses is it? and we can't really say everything we want to on a blog.