Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

February 3, 2013

Makeup for Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 4:54 pm

I had a hunch last night to pass by one of our haunts. I was running out of cold cream for my face, shower gel and other haircare products. Guess what I found? Several hundred dollars of NEW makeup, shower gel, lotion, etc. What a great find for me!

I’ve already told my friends that if the world as we know it ended today, we’d at least have enough makeup until we left this planet.0202132357a



  1. Well, nothing like going out in style.
    It would be a sad day for us guys to see some woman leave this planet without her War Paint.

    Good for you!

    Comment by Ghost — February 3, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

  2. Wow. Just imagine how much all of that retails for.

    Comment by Ryu — February 4, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

  3. Hello, I googles dumpster diving blog and came across yours! I think its great what you and your husband are doing for others. I have a few questions. Where do you go to find these things? I noticed that alot of the stuff you find is still good. And some stuff even still frozen. Why so they throw these things away? When I was a kid my mom would take us dumpster diving. She was a single mom so we didnt have alot. I dont remember ever finding food, but we found lots of other treasures! Thanks for sharing all you finds. If you want to email me instead of comment back, thats ok too. I think you can see my email me address.

    Comment by Shelly — March 1, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  4. Hi So Cal girl. Thank you for your kind comments. I do not mention the stores on my blog by name. I’m concerned that if they read my blog, they’ll start locking their dumpsters. Plus I want to continue getting free stuff to help myself and others. Why do they throw things away? Because they get a full tax write off if they throw it out OR if it’s expired. By law if they are expired, they HAVE to throw away.

    Look at my twitter account. 1,600 pounds of deer meat was thrown away in the trash and bleached. Our lovely government told the local homeless shelter they couldn’t feed poor homeless people good clean deer meat. It’s really terrible.

    Curbside diving is also fun as well.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — March 2, 2013 @ 12:02 am

  5. Thanks for responding, looking forward to reading more posts from you. 🙂

    Comment by Shelly — March 2, 2013 @ 2:10 am

  6. I wanted to contact you because this makes me worry that many other people will start going to look for this stuff…and I make a living off dumpster diving… if alot of people knew where to get these items…i wouldnt have an income.

    Comment by samantha — May 2, 2013 @ 12:59 am

  7. Don’t worry about that. I don’t give out store names. There is SO much out there, we’ll never get it all. Plus my friend, most people are too lazy to dumpster dive. It’s hard and hot work, and most people don’t have the gumption to do it or in good enough shape to do it.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — May 2, 2013 @ 8:23 am

  8. I agree that most people wouldnt do it…even knowing where exactly to go. there are several people i know that know exactly where i get all my stuff but would never actually even reach into a dumpster, let alone climb in. but this post does worry me and a couple other people i know…if someone at corporate seen this… they would start having employees ruin items before trashing them.

    Comment by samantha — May 3, 2013 @ 4:08 am

  9. Samantha, I think you’re worrying needlessly. I never ever name stores, ever.

    I do believe in the law of attraction. If you think they’ll trash it, they will. I will not stop my blog though. This is a good blog helpful to those who dumpster dive and find things in the trash to survive.

    Believe me, I’ve been to the dumpster many times where the items were trashed. It’s usually from some hard hearted manager who thinks they’re doing the right thing or they’re just spiteful and don’t want you to have what they throw out. You never know.

    Many retail employees are lazy. It takes time and effort to trash items. With the economy continuing down the spiral path, they’re not going to take the time to trash the items, they’ll just toss them. Most retailers don’t even read my blog. This is a fringe lifestyle.

    A lot of times we find good stuff curbside recycling. A lot of good stuff is thrown out when people are evicted. We get a lot of good stuff before the garbage truck gets there.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — May 3, 2013 @ 10:04 am

  10. not sure what the end of your comment was about.. but like i said.. if a employee seen this..which isnt too hard as i found it by googling “dumpster makeup” to see if others were finding what i find. I live on dumpster diving but already have to compete with several others like me in order to get the items before them.. Im just praying your blog doesnt make it into the vision path of people who are willing to jump in a dumpster but just didnt know what was there. or the profit potential. I had, years ago considered doing exactly what you are doing but quickly realized it would be in vein as most garbage diggers dont need help to figure out how to look in a dumpster and i dont want the greedy people taking everything for themselves.

    Comment by samantha — May 5, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

  11. So what’s the solution Samantha? Shut down the blog and become silent? Dumpster divers rescue millions of tons of trash that otherwise go in the landfills and rot, creating methane gas. We are green, we dumpster dive to reduce our carbon footprint. If we can save 100,000,000 tons of trash from going into the landfill then we are helping mother earth.

    We are not greedy. We take items that would normally rot in a landfill give it to others who are less fortunate. We feed and clothe hundreds of people through our charity and reduce waste for the landfill.

    There is so much trash out there, that one person or even hundreds of people could never get it all. Waste is everywhere. If we can rescue just a small percentage of the waste we are doing the earth and mankind a favor.

    Greedy people are too lazy to dumpster dive. Karma has a way of reducing greed.

    Dumpster diving is first come first served. You may have to change your time and tactics to get the best possible booty. There are plenty of times we’ve come to a dumpster and it’s been cleaned out and I’m sure another diver got there first. Unless you want to park your car next to the dumpster and live there full time, you’ll never get it all. Employees can get that stuff right after closing time.

    We’ve met other divers while we’re diving. It’s not a competition. We help each other. We’re all in the same boat. Other dumpster divers we’ve met have been kind to us. We have found things in a dumpster and trade it with another divers.

    Don’t get into the scarcity mindset. There is plenty for all of us.

    It’s not a competition, it’s cooperation.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — May 6, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  12. Geeze Samantha, YOU are the one sounding greedy. Its sad really, you really need to get over yourself. This blog is HELPING not hurting! Start thinking about the enviromental aspect of it other then just getting everything for YOURSELF. Other people need help too!

    Comment by shelly — May 6, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  13. Because of your blog, I became more aware of D Divers. So, I approached one and we had a very pleasant conversation.
    (and discovered a few other friends that dive)
    He was diving for “paper and cardboard trash”.
    The cost of firewood around here is upwards of $300 per cord because of the damn forest service.
    This last winter, he heated his home entirely with paper trash.

    He kept paper out of the dump and stayed warm, too.
    Plus he gave me a brand new sweatshirt as we talked. Too small for him and fit me perfectly.

    I, personally, don’t dive… but I have a few friends that do.
    The couple that run this blog are two of them and are very good friends.
    They do more good for others than United Way… they give freely.

    But then, they understand that “People get what they give”.
    They have given so much to so many that have nothing.

    Creating scarcity is crap.
    In this area, there are 40,000 people and more than 300 dumpsters,
    My tiny town with NO traffic lights added 6 more dumpsters to handle the waste.

    To my friends here… Keep diving, keep giving… you are indeed priceless.

    To Samantha… You might want to consider the Law of Reciprocity.
    For every ten things you find to sell, GIVE AWAY one.
    Spiritual Law will reward you far above what you can do for yourself.

    I gave away a canoe in the 80’s.
    When I couldn’t fix my car, a lady GAVE me a ’94 Suburban 3 months ago.
    That’s the Law of Reciprocity at work in my life.

    Caring never ends when it involves caring for others. Give it a shot Samantha.
    (The laptop I typed this on was also a gift!)

    Comment by John Nutter — May 6, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: