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August 23, 2011

High End Makeup, Hair Care, Mousse & Blow Dryer

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:42 pm

See pictures above. After having dinner tonight decided to stop by one of our local haunts. The 2 boxes of cosmetics were at the bottom of a deep dumpster.

My husband jumped in. A few minutes later the security guard came by. I waved at him, he waved back and drove on. He’s seen me there plenty of times. I’m sure he knows what I’m doing. My husband stayed hunkered down until the coast was clear.

In the box were about 2 dozen cans of mousse and hair spray. Mascara, leave-in conditioner, nail polish, powder, eye cream, cold cream, skin care, the list is ENDLESS.

Most of the cosmetics were unopened and HIGH END cosmetics.

So now I have to find someone to give them to. I’m planning a road trip back to the south. Along the way I’ll give them out to women in rest areas, etc.

It’s a fine line I have to draw in how I present myself when giving this stuff away. People are still very leery when someone is giving something away. We’re very paranoid as a nation so we tend to look a gift horse in the mouth, when all I’m trying to do is to be kind.

I did a quick estimate and came up with a figure of about $1K in makeup, cosmetics and hair care we found tonight.

Well I’m glad they threw it away. Somebody can use it.

My target demographic is working poor or unemployed women. Sometimes a bottle of perfume, some good eye makeup and nail polish can lift a woman’s spirits.

Women like looking and smelling nice. And sometimes that takes money. If all the money you have can only feed your children and pay the light bill, looking and smelling pretty goes by the wayside.



  1. If the items are closed I am sure womens shelters would accept them. At least where I live I coupon sometimes for items for the womens shelters.

    Comment by Tammy — August 25, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  2. Good idea Tammy. Never thought of it. I will contact my local shelters.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — August 25, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  3. I have found similar stuff in the dumpsters at Walgreen’s, before they started putting locks on them. Sometimes I find things being discarded at a nearby auction house where items that don’t sell are left out as freebies. Lots of blankets went to Catholic Charities last year.

    Comment by mandala56 — August 26, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  4. Thank you Stacy for your kind comments. Keep on reading my blog.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — August 26, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  5. Mandala – keep a watchful eye out for dumpsters that are locked. Eventually some employee gets lazy and forgets to lock it. I’ve found that to be true over and over again. With the unopened unlocked dumpsters I find just after a rain is the best time. Employees don’t want to walk outside in the rain to dispose of trash, right after it rains they do. Sometimes the pickins are very good those days.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — August 26, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  6. I’m so glad you like it! Right now in our inventory I have about a dozen hair straighteners and blow dryers that my husband has to repair. He can reseal the cord and they work just fine!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 5, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  7. Thank you!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 23, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  8. Useful stuff and extremely informative. Thanks for taking the time to write it and post it!

    Comment by Jeni Kunkleman — November 2, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  9. You’re most welcome my dear!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 3, 2011 @ 1:15 am

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    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 4, 2011 @ 7:35 am

  12. Judy, thank you for your kind words. Please keep coming back.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 4, 2011 @ 7:37 am

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    Comment by Contra Costa County Workplace rights — November 9, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  14. Thank you! Please come back and read my blog and comment as long as you like!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 10, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

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