This is where we are today boys and girls. Scrapping, scavenging, dumpster diving, picking up aluminum cans, you name it, it’s all a way of making money. I read in a blog that 100 million working Americans are not working right now. I believe that, based on what I see on the road.
On a 800 mile road trip, where I’m now in the country, the backwoods, I’ve seen quite a bit in the last few weeks.
An older woman scavenging for potted plant holders and rocks for her garden. I stopped her to talk. We had a good conversation. I gave her a brand new bottle of perfume (found it in the trash, a tester) and a nice little pocket purse I had found. She was thrilled.
Another elderly woman in her 70’s dumpster diving (behind a local dollar type of store) for scrap metal, aluminum, food in cans and any other items she can sell to supplement her social security check. My husband helped her grab out of the dumpster some heavier items she could wheel home.
Garage sales are making a big comeback. Garage sales put money in your neighbor’s pocket. Many of these items are those of folks who are downsizing from a large home to an apartment or curbside recyclers who are picking up other folks discards for resale. That may mean the difference between paying your light bill or not.
We had set up a tent in our backyard for 5 months. It could house 6 people easily. In it, we put in a small cot, a blanket, a few pillows and a TV tray. One could live in it, no problem. Now since our sewer drain pipe goes all the way back, we could literally house a family in our backyard if necessary.
We purchased a massage table and a EZ-UP canopy for use in garage sales (need to keep out of the hot sun all day). The massage table is something you could sleep on OR someone could lie down on it and be worked on (i.e. massage or bodywork). It could also be used for pilates lying down.
If things fell apart we could easily help 15-20 people in an emergency situation (housing and other things) and not be crowded out of our home.
I’ve attached a picture of our tent in our backyard. It’s pretty cool.
Many of our dumpster diving finds go to our preps and the other to those in need.