Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dumpster Diving

What do you think when you hear the term "Dumpster Diving"? I instantly ask myself, Could I? Would I? Should I? Am I above it? I am willing to paw through every garage sale free box I find. Is that any different? Many times I have hauled curbside finds home. Is that any different? In order to answer these many questions I should first define the term "dumpster diving". What is dumpster diving? A Google search will return pages and pages on dumpster diving. Basically the term means to rummage through trash. Well, that doesn't sound so bad. I know I have dug through my wastebasket to retrieve something I accidentally pitched. Have you? If so, does that mean all of us could be considered a dumpster diver? Maybe instead of defining dumpster diving I need to consider the "why" factor. Why do people submerge themselves into a container of waist high garbage? Some people will dumpster dive in search of confidential data to assist them with identity theft. I can rule this "why"out. I know I will never dive into a dumpster for this reason. Some people will dumpster dive for food. It is sad, but true. I am fortunate enough to be able to rule this "why" out. Some people will dumpster dive to salvage an item they consider valuable. Ah, this is my "why". I live by the old saying "One man's trash in another woman's treasure". My head is filled with the questions again, Could I? Would I? Should I? Am I above it? Well, first of all, I don't think that I could ever just dive in without knowing the contents. Phew, guess I am not a dumpster diver after all. But, what if I am out and about and happen to see a discarded item I want sitting on the top of a dumpster? Or, what if I see someone throwing something into a dumpster and I absolutely have to have it? Could I? Would I? Should I? Am I above it? I have decided that in the event either of these situations arise I would DEFINITELY send my husband in to retrieve it.

Keep On Junking


  1. Nora,
    Funny! I have dived in before with husband on the side. (10 yrs.younger)We my head was not seen.....he did a little concerned. But all well! One last thing it was at my church so I felt safe in the diving!
    smiles, alice

  2. That is funny Alice. I am sure it was worth the dive.

  3. Nora - I'd dive in...if I saw something tempting! :) Ha ha... Have curb shopped many times with great results! (and with my hubby in tow for the heavy stuff!)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and posting my giveaway button! Good luck!



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