daniel_reetz wrote:I have an extensive dumpster-diving tutorial that will go online in 2010, and electronics salvage might also be good.
I will be very interested in this tutorial.
Universities at the end of term are great. At the end of spring term my daughter got tons of stuff at U of Michigan.
Best thing for dumpster diving is international students. They're getting on a plane to go home; they're not carrying their Ramen noodles back to Korea. Or the like. She gave me a graphics tablet that came out of a trash last year.
This year on move-out day I saw next to a dumpster a box full of magazines. I recognized the cover and did a double take. In 8th grade a friend of mine found the exact same Playboy magazines in my school paper drive. (If I didn't have a moral scruple about it, I'd have snatched them up and sold them on ebay.)
As it was we loaded up the van with a couple tables, a nice big wastebasket, futon mattress (last year we got a frame and no mattress), some rugs and a lamp. With a bigger van we would have had a bigger haul. This summer my daughter had a huge garage sale and sold most of it to help pay for Oxford.