Three Things Worth Dumpster Diving

Over the past week I have done a bit of dumpster diving.1 You can judge me outright for sticking my hand into other peoples garbage, or you can withhold judgment just long enough to see what cool stuff I got.2

1. A Free Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

Of my long list of unwholesome obsessions, Chick-Fil-A3 is near if not at the top. I could and probably will write an entire post about the irony of a gay guy loving Chick-Fil-A, but what is immediately important to know is that on every couple of receipts is printed an invitation to take an online survey. In return for giving feedback, you get a free chicken sandwich.4 For years I’ve gotten a free sandwich for every four or five meals I’ve had at Chick-Fil-A, but only recently have I stooped to a new low. You guessed it, two days ago I rifled through the Chick-Fil-A trashcan and found a receipt with a survey on it.5 Basically I now have unlimited free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. And the dumpster diving doesn’t end there.

2. Four Mannequins

I pick up chicks. From the dumpster.

I pick up chicks. From the dumpster.

After Chick-Fil-A, I drove to the mall.6 After the mall, I drove past the dumpster outside the mall. Long story short, I saw a single mannequin breast7 sticking out of the dumpster, and five minutes later I drove away with four mannequins in my trunk. I looked online, and comparable mannequins are going for anywhere from $60 to $200. So basically I’m cool.

3. The Bohemian Lifestyle

Here we come to confession time: I only dumpster dove for two things, but the title “Two Things Worth Dumpster Diving” sounds horrible.8 So I forced myself to realize that I dumpster dive for another important reason: I don’t want to take myself too seriously. I want to be the kind of person who can, when necessary9 get his hands dirty.

On top of that, I have a free chicken sandwich and four mannequins. Do you? Didn’t think so. That being said, I’d love hear you comment about anything you’ve managed to get for free be it from a yard sale or a landfill.

1Primarily for my dignity.
2Because who doesn’t like cool stuff?
3An surprisingly good fast food restaurant, for those of you who are unfamiliar.
4No purchase necessary
5Is that legal? Someone on the internet told me it was…
6After all I am a cliché American teenager.
7That’s another word for boobs, right?
8Yes, I’m just making up a third, totally unreal item to complete the list.
9Or when totally unnecessary


37 thoughts on “Three Things Worth Dumpster Diving

  1. I’ve gone through people’s trash they set out because I noticed they had a ton of books that they were throwing away. So I took a few. Growing up my parents would always set things on the side of the road they didn’t want, and 9 times out of 10 someone would want it and take it. So “dumpster diving” is a good idea. Waste not, want not!

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  2. Welcome to the community, i’ve living in dumpsters many years, now right it’s the hunt and the cool shit you just may find…

    You can also make money if need be!

    Yes, it is trespassing, and the people who own what’s in the dumpster, is the companies who’s name on the side…….

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  3. Well played on the Chik-Fil-A receipt. I don’t know if it’s legal, but I do keep in touch with some law school professors who would love this scenario as a final exam question.

    And I’ve gone dumpster diving for cancer sticks (read: cigarettes) before. I thought I threw them away, and a friend of mine took my picture rifling through some rest area garbage can in New Jersey. In retrospect, at that time I should have realized I had an addiction when I was willing to stick my hand in a place that could have had used condoms just for a pack of smokes…

    Oh yeah, now I’m going to go to Chik-Fil-A to get some receipts…er, sandwiches.

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  4. Great post! Where we live, we have a dumpster room. Everyone throws out what they don’t want. Other people take it. What’s left is picked up by a recycling truck every Monday. I love how there’s this idea of passing on to others.

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  5. I am racking my brain to think of something I’ve procured from a dumpster – oh, wait, I found a cigar box once. Oh, I’ve nabbed lots of those plastic storage bins, the ones meant for storing sweaters but equally good for storing anything too big to fit in a cigar box.

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  6. Hey! Thanks for the follow on my blog! Apologies for the previous comment, obvs wasn’t complete! Whoops! :-/ #awkward
    Love the mannequins, I always wish that I could find amazing things for free! Unfortunately, that time is still to come 🙂

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  7. Yuck Chick Fil A….props on the dumpster dive!! I dive the dumpster of a printer near me they throw out a lot of cool paper ..all kinds …as long as you get it before it rains its good.

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  8. My husband just recently picked up a wood closet that was dumped on the side of the street. We were in the market for a closet as our current closet is tiny and found out that we would have to pay over $400 for one that is made from cheap materials. In picking this real wood item he has then striped it down added a cover and is remodeling it to his liking. He has yet to spend $50 on the work he has done, and it’s looking pretty good.

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  9. BYU ok…Chik-Fil-A? Me thinks you might be a closet Republican. JK. Best thing I ever found in a dumpster was my dog Wily, he was only 5 or 6 weeks old and covered with ticks but he turned out to be a great dog and companion.

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  10. I went to college in the same town as one of the big Ivy League schools. They always ended their semesters a week or 2 before us, so it became a tradition to go diving in their dumpsters during their move-out week. Since most of their students were from out of state or international (and probably better off financially than most), it made taking bigger items with them nearly impossible. Furniture, TVs, Game systems…pretty pricey, practically new things were considered trash.


  11. Chick-Fil-A rocks!

    You’ve stumped me on why the mannequins were worthy of retrieval, but I guess the saying is true. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

    Yeah for awesome finds!


  12. I don’t actually dumpster dive, but I leave things on the curb for others and have picked up a few things the same way. One of my most prized possessions is a ceramic Christmas village set that someone left on the curb. I’ve had it for about 20 years now


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