Had a hunch to stop by an obscure place we frequent. Glad we did. Found 37 containers of brand new paper plates, about 75 packages of dinner napkins and 2 penants for the Super Bowl. They had been marked down very cheap, but still weren’t selling, so off to the trash they went.
In addition we found in another dumpster 4 bottles of smart water, several vitamin protein type energy drinks, and about a dozen or so new Pez containers.
The napkins and paper plates I’m keeping. They’re good for when you’re on a picnic, have company over or just don’t want to do dishes. The penants I’ll give to a sports fan.
I still had quite a few bottles of mousse and hairspray. So my teenage neighbor and her friends are now the recipients of my largesse.
The rest of the calendars and new patterns were given to charity.
A few nights ago we were dumpster diving and we heard a large thud on the other end of the mall. I know that sound by now. That’s the thud of a large object hitting the bottom. Sure enough, we waited until management left and there was a case of sparkling bubbly wine. I was impatient when I got home and took off the safety seal off one bottle. Wrong move. About an 1/2 hour I heard a POP and bubbly was everywhere. Oh well. Cleaned up the mess and still had 3/4 of a bottle left. Had it with dinner the other night. Quite good I must add.
Additionally we bought a wood burning stove on sale. A good price too good to pass up. We tested it out and it works fine. We put sand on the bottom as instructed. Sand we FOUND diving. Amazing isn’t it? You could cook on top of that stove. Things like this are needed in case of a power outage OR other weather crises that could cause modern technology to stop temporarily. For every person that is prepared, that is one less person that is dependent on the government, Red Cross or any other agency when things turn sour.