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January 1, 2012

Team Diving for a Happy New Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:27 pm

On December 31 at approximately 4pm my husband and I decided to go team diving. We were rested and with an empty truck, with empty containers, off we went for an adventure.

First stop we found 3 bags of men clothes in the dumpster. This included blue jeans, T-shirts, underwear, socks, 1 robe, one throw and a beautiful knitted throw (with the cable stitch).

After we left the first dumpster I saw one big lizard eating food from a fast food container (pics attached). At first I thought it was a huge plastic toy then my husband pointed it was real. The daddy lizard slithered off into the pond after I got out of my car. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I’d never ever seen a lizard that big in person before. You see all kinds of creatures when you leave the city.

Second stop was BBQ’ville. Found at least 10 cases of BBQ sauce, in the cases, intact, unbroken. My hubby jumped in and hauled a few out but they were so heavy, we couldn’t get them all. An older gentleman passed by and started talking to us, so we gave him a couple of bottles. He joked and told us he was too fat to jump in the dumpster, he’d be afraid he couldn’t get back out! BTW, the BBQ sauce is good, real good.

Next stop, Margaritaville. Found at LEAST $500 worth of booze. Liquor, beer, wine, vodka, tequila, high end liquor, no cheap stuff. Needless to say, we had a few nice cocktails for NYE. Found a humidor for cigars and the attachments for it.

Last stop, Bookville. 3 boxes of toys and books brand new. Some of them had a few flaws so instead of putting them on clearance, they were tossed. A neighbor came by last night and her 3 and 4 year old will be the beneficiary of several toys. Our local school will be the beneficiary of the rest of the stuff.

It took about 2 hours to unload my truck and put out the spread and as you can see from the pictures a good spread indeed. May 2012 be a more prosperous year for all of us.



  1. Happy New Year – great finds. Who in their right mind would throw out liquor – cheers!

    Comment by Tammy — January 1, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  2. That is a big lizard! I’ve never seen them that big.

    You guys actually jump in there? How do you do that, with a ladder? I’ve seen DDs around here with those arm grabbers.

    Comment by Ryu — January 1, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  3. Ryu, my husband is tall with long legs, so he easily jumps in. We still use grabbers. The one grabber we have we bought at Home Depot and the fish gaffe with a hook we bought at Gander Mountain.

    That lizard WAS big. It was at least 3 foot long, IMO.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 1, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  4. Tammy, I know, it’s crazy. I tell you, we’re fully stocked for now.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 1, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  5. What a haul! Ya….who in their right mind throws out all that booze??

    Nice lizard!

    Comment by Rita Rabbit — January 1, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  6. Rita, I’m sure it was someone making a New Year’s resolution….today, wishing they hadn’t. lol

    Comment by Love To Crochet — January 2, 2012 @ 12:08 am

  7. Here’s to you for a VERY Prosperous New Year. Sounds like a fun day!

    Comment by Love To Crochet — January 2, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  8. I am just in shock that so much has been wasted here that so many can use. I wish I could do what you do, I think I could
    raise enough money to live on. Right now looking for work and homeless except for those who will tolerate me for a day or
    night etc. I feel so abandoned by so many.. Nice job in the dumpters but I sure would look around in one before I jump
    just in case something is LIVING in there.. YIKES!!! Are you afraid of bedbugs on the clothing etc.I would be!!! :-S

    Comment by CAROL — January 4, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  9. Hi there Carol

    Never had a problem with bed bugs. Although I do wash the stuff when I get home. Read my blog post on this blog about living homeless.

    If you can get a job at night as a security guard or in a hospital etc, you can sleep during the day in a state park. Many state parks I’ve been in are very clean and the showers are well maintained. Not to mention the sheriff or the local police come in quite frequently to check up on the park to make sure there is no riff raff causing problems. I’ll let my readers chime on in this post and give you some much needed advice.

    Another place that is overlooked is abandoned malls or shopping centers.

    One of my good friends is living in her van, by choice. Her blog is on my blogroll and she gives some good advice on living in a portable society.

    Carol, I feel your pain. I do. When I left California in 2010 I was homeless for a while. I was going from family to friend to suss out an area and I ended up married to my beloved. He knew my situation and didn’t care.

    What part of the USA are you in?

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 4, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  10. Why do people throw good things away when there are others in need? Don’t understand and what a sad commentary on our society. Glad you got some good finds, hope something works out for you, Carol. There by the grace of God could go any one of us, depending on the day and time.

    Comment by sue — January 12, 2012 @ 7:59 am

  11. Great finds! I run estate sales for a living, so I’ve had to dig into some pretty scary places (have done more than my share of hoarder houses and other houses that are just plain scary). Still, I would find it difficult to get into a dumpster. I’m glad someone is doing it, though. I hate to see good stuff go to waste.

    Comment by truefinds — January 12, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

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