I've sunk to a new low, and it was fun!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

OK, I've sunk to a new low, and quite frankly, it was fun. In our community, rural residents have few options for trash pickup, and some have none at all. That means you have to deliver your trash to the landfill yourself. I've done it for nearly 40 years. So, in my case, it's no big deal.

At the convenience center, there are dozens of large dumpsters that residents throw their bagged trash, lawn trash, metal, appliances, and construction debris into. It's a cornucopia of refuse. I'm always fascinated to see what people throw away. Sometimes it furniture. It might be toys. It can be clothing, blankets, you name it. There are the typical broken mowers, weed-whackers, car parts, motor oil, kitchen scraps and of course there are recycling bins for plastic, glass and paper.

I've gone there for so many years I've come to know the staff who have plied my dogs with milk bones and other treats. We normally have a few minutes of jesting on the way to making my deposits. 

Today, I did the unthinkable. I went dumpster diving. Yep, I did it. When I stopped by the metal dumpster to discard my metal trash, I noticed the normal bicycles, cabinets, mower frames, stuff I didn't recognize and then I spotted something. There were boxes and boxes of campaign signs with the stands attached. Hundreds! It was obvious that they had never been out of the box and were in pristine condition.

I didn't care about the campaign signs, even though, they can be reused with stick-on agency signs. When Cornerstone first started, I used my former real estate signs and had custom made decals made that went right over my previous signs and made them look brand new. So, I guess I could do that with these, but what caught my eye were the stands. 

I went over to the check-in attendant to ask permission before grabbing the signs, and the attendant granted permission. To be completely transparent, I didn't climb into the dumpster. I didn't have my dumpster climbing gear with me, but I did reach in and pulled a hundred or so signs out and put them in my truck. The stands at our local hardware stores are expensive, and we tend to buy them as we need them. It was so sad seeing those perfectly good unused stands go to waste. So, I rescued them and they will become a part of our company as soon as I pull the campaign signs off. Yep, I did it. I sunk to a new low, and I had a blast doing it. Now, I can check dumpster diving off of my bucket list. (If it was ever on there.)


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Mike Cooper, GRI - those are perfect examples of recyables and you did not even have to reprocess.

Nov 09, 2019 08:14 AM #1
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Limbo lower now!

Nov 09, 2019 08:54 AM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Don't call me cheap but you can call me frugal Mike. You hit the jackpot here!

Nov 09, 2019 09:28 AM #3
Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

What a terrific idea, thank you for sharing! :)

Nov 09, 2019 10:59 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There is no reason to park pride when you can use something someone else has discarded.  Here in my community, things are often put at the curb in front of homes.  I have been amazed that I haven't had to buy a flower pot in years.  And, out on my back patio is a wicker bench, that looks great out there.  All I had to do was spray it with a can of white paint to freshen it up!

Nov 09, 2019 01:31 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 09, 2019 01:32 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- good for you!!!  I'm laughing because in the spring, Larry bought one of those blank signs at Home Depot to use for additional siding on our birdhouse to protect them from the 100 degree heat. He saved the metal parts and I'm sure he repurposed those into something else. 

Nov 09, 2019 05:55 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

I'll confess, I've done the same.  You can find some useful stuff in those dumpsters.

Nov 10, 2019 12:47 AM #8
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