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Hi chicknyell,

PD had a good suggestion about curbside shopping. FWIW, I've even taken some of the treasures I've found, but didn't need myself, & consigned them. For example, I made $6 from a pair of golden shoes that looked almost new. They were the wrong size for me, family or friends.

AFA dumpsters themselves, you can start by just cruisin' for what's leaning up against the side of the dumpsters or placed right on top. Some of the better places:

* College dorms at the end of the year or semester.
* Apartment complexes, as people move in & out. End/beginning of the month, especially in the warmer seasons may have more pickings.
* Your town's landfill/recycling center. A few things I've picked up would include an entire spool of galvanized wire (good for my horse fencing), a broken concrete birdbath that I turned into a plantstand for the living room, shutters & aluminum extension poles (from a tent) to use for an extra sun tarp over our tent in Portugal. Just missed out on a nice bicycle that only needed the chain fixed. I swung the car around to go get it & someone beat me to it :)
* Curbside on weekends (not necessariyly on garbage days). Check your newspaper for local yard sales. Hit those areas the night or morning after the sale.
* Storage unit facilities. Some of these also auction off the contents of units which have unpaid monthly fees.

As you get more brave, consider getting an "Unger" Nifty Nabber, or something similar. It's a long tool with a grabber on the end, so you can reach farther or don't have to actually get inside a dumpster to reach something. They're around $20+/- & come in several lengths. Here's what it looks like:
http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/gCUNG5293.html (Prices look good too, don't know how much their s/h is). There was a thread on these around a year+ ago too, if you search.

Good luck with your adventures in urban recycling :)

Laura
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