Dan Boone wrote:In "big city" supermarkets that are one to two hour's drive away from me this distributor always has a six-foot refrigerator case, but the prices are hellish: five dollars for a kiwano melon (which I can grow myself, they love Oklahoma conditions), usually four to eight dollars a pound for most things sold per pound....
Joel Bercardin wrote:
Hi Dan. Pertinent to this whole discussion: I've read your posts here and there on Permies, but hadn't previously picked-up on the fact you're located an hour or two from your nearest big cities. I too am rather 'remote' — in my case, being an hour from a town of 9000 people, four hours from a fair-size city (somewhat larger), and five hours from a much larger city of 120,000. Out truly metropolitan western Canadian cities are 650km to the west, or roughly the same to the east.
As a consequence of a few thousand modest-income people living in my little valley, local second-hand goods (yard sales, estate sales, transfer-station "free" shacks) are generally super-efficiently scrounged. I know that I mentioned on another thread about cheap/good "scores" that on balance I've had somewhat better luck (at least for buying used tools or equipment) at yard sales in quiet neighborhoods in the big cities. But I don't get to the big cities too often at all.
Is your experience similar?
Mike Barkley wrote:I scored 8,385,493,295,530.446.120,569,364 free leaves to make soil with. Excellent plant food that fell from the trees. All I had to do is gather them up. (all day every day lately ... it may never end) I also accumulate about 40 fresh cow pies daily. More good soil waiting to happen. Kaching.
Pearl Sutton wrote:...bins of glues and tapes and sprays and etc that some worked some don't, boxes of cables and wires and pieces and parts...random weird hardware, pieces and parts...
Pearl Sutton wrote:And you are right, the guys came in looking for the good power tools, and the antiques, and the classy stuff, and were not interested in the rest.
I love how the townspeople near me bag up their leaves for me to collect. This year I had two big pallets in the back of my little truck. By tipping them out from the wheel well to the side rail they made a huge trough to hold leaf bags. I could fit about 20 of the huge (50-70 gallon) leaf bags in per trip. I just check to make sure they have weeds in their lawn before collecting.
Mike Barkley wrote:I scored 8,385,493,295,530.446.120,569,364 free leaves to make soil with.
Dan Boone wrote: I think it's lack of imagination, to be honest.
John Paulding wrote:They had an auction across the road from me. I picked up a set of 8 lug rims with half way decent tires on them for $10 and they fit my buddy's truck perfectly. I didn't have anything they would fit but figured he could use them. At $2.50 per rim/tire assembly, I couldn't pass it up.
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