Mark Phillips wrote:LOL. Just noticed this thread and its awesome. I once owned a second hand shop with a friend and learned the precious art of UP-CYCLING lol.
The information I would like to pass along is this... While I was trashing, road siding and other techniques my partner was out pacing me and I could not figure out how (We both scavengered the same areas pretty much).
His secret I finally learned was this. We was located in a area that had a large number of churches and a large elderly population. So he had some cards printed up locally and went to speak with the pastors, priests and leaders of the churches.
What he offered was a free cleanup service or small payback. Basically when a elderly person passed on and had no family or the family wanted nothing to do with the home / apartment they would call him and after the family and church picked over what they wanted he would haul away the rest at no charge. In many cases they even asked if they left behind decent resell-able merchandise if he would simply make a donation to the church (Being he was the co-owner of a second hand store) and he did both very successfully.
So if your in a similar area this may be something to look into. Most of the churches looked at what he did as a community service for both the saddened and crushed families who didn't want to deal with the loss and cleaning up as well as selling good used clothing and furniture to the local community at a substantial savings. He found a few treasures and made the donations as he promised and the churches appreciated him for years until he passed away.
Good luck and happy treasure hunting. I will remember this next treasure I find LOL
nathan luedtke wrote:Wow Dale, I'm a big fan of what you're doing.
Our throw-away society allows so much wealth to erode simply by not having the stones to care for it, maintain it, and put it to use.
You are using your limited time and ample energy to reclaim that wealth and spread all of that embodied energy around- for free or a small fee.
You are also building up a deep bank of favors that your community owes you- Everyone Knows Dale Is The Guy To See About A Thing.
I am REALLY enjoying this thread.
Dale Hodgins wrote:The geode was left in a pile of junk that I was paid to haul. I'll advertise it for $20 and insert it in cob if unsold.
The tiles contain shells and bones. The price tags say $19 each. I may include these in a cob bench. There are 7 of them.
These wood turnings are from a long gone buffet. They're grapefruit sized. These will adorn the RMH .
Dale If you still have that geode, I'd buy it from you. I'm in NH USA. Thanks, Josephine
Dale Hodgins wrote:I've gone through quite a bit of free stuff, since last posting. I'm not sure that I need an Edison Dick Mimeoscope. ....
Pearl Sutton wrote:Dale: OOOOH!!! I want one! I just looked it up though 25 Gal Steam Kettle and oh my goodness: Price: $10,051.00
Excellent score! I'd use it for canning etc, personally.