Le Comprehensive Guide To Dumpster Diving, Part Deux – Le Apartments

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  1. Little Bit says:

    Hi Michelle…I just tagged you! Come check it out and play along!
    Little Bit from

  2. Regina says:

    I love reading your posts You are halarious!!!!

  3. Little Bit says:

    Karen!!! I am such a ninny…I have no idea why I called you Michelle…That’s why I usually avoid using people’s names, I never know what will fly out of my mouth…or fingertips in this case. I’m sorry. Anyway you really are tagged! Little Bit

  4. JoAnn says:

    Thank you for the educational tour of how to properly dumpster dive! Now, I just need to work up the courage to go cruising the local apartment complexes…Perhaps taking a cute dog would also help??

  5. angela says:

    Love this!! Now, off to read part one!

  6. Nola says:

    Love reading your posts, you make dumpster diving find like fun! I’m just a little bit chicken to go for the gated communities but I’ve done my fair share at driving down alleys early in the morning of trash day. This morning I scored to dresser drawers in mint condition. Wall shelves here we come!

  7. Lyndsey says:

    The picture with the “junk” has a Kirby vacuum on the front right! OMG Not junk! I just spent $250 for a refurbished Kirby and attachments, and I felt like I was stealing it at that price. Any time you see one of those Kirbys pick it up and resell it! Even broken it’s worth $$

  8. Maryann Baro says:

    You are too funny! I would love to go dumpster diving with you. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  9. I can see it now ~ Headline News “Security at Disney arrests mom and three children dumpster diving in Frontier Land over spring break” – lol!

  10. Love it – very commando, ninja girl!
    But it’s for a good cause – free stuff!

  11. Oh my goodness, these are AWESOME tips! I only dumpster dove once…I actually made my husband do it, but I have been so tempted to make it a regular part of our couple time (he doesn’t know it yet but maybe if I throw coffee and a donut in a well-sealed bag in first he’ll follow…wish me luck!).

    I would love to have you share your tips, or anything you would like at my weekly link party (Monday’s at 8 p.m.) at

    I hope to see you there ~ have a wonderful week.

    Mary Beth

    P.S. found you through eclectically vintage

  12. Lizz says:

    I luv luv my apartment complex dumpster! So far I have a chair, computer desk for my BF, and a gorgeous iron frame bed! This is all from just taking out my trash, I have now started checking all the complex dumpster everyday.

    Thanks for sharing the tip series I am going to start widening my search area 😉

  13. Cat says:

    A coworker has recently got into making furniture to resale out of wood pallets. She searched the web and you wouldn’t believe all the items that could be made from wood pallets

  14. JAMES R. says:

    Most of the things you mentioned, I already know as I have been dumpster diving for over 15 years. : )
    We do not have gated communities around here where I live, so that is never a problem. We DO HAVE many many apartment complexes with TONS of dumpsters & SEVERAL TONS of recyclable goodies(furniture, pictures, sculptures, etc).

    I have furnished 3 houses with my dumpster diving. LOL and I’m not the least bit ashamed. one man’s(or woman’s) garbage, is another’s treasure.

    I still find a few surprises every now & then….like Rachel my cat.
    she was found in a dumpster with a litter of 9 kittens….I took the clan home with me, fed mama(babies were still nursing), got everyone their shots & checked over completely. when the kittens were old enough(I waited till they were 10 weeks), I took them to the no kill animal shelter(they were all adopted out in about 8 – 10 days) set mama free to do & go wherever she wanted….but she refused to leave.
    So now she sleeps with me every night(her choice, not mine).

    • GTC says:

      James that is the sweetest story with a very happy ending. I am so impressed you furnished three houses with Dumpster Dove goodies!!! I never cease to be amazed at what people will just toss, or set next to a dumpster. Sometimes I pick things up I know I won’t use, but will call Salvation Army to come pick them up from my home because I know someone will buy them or need them. Twice, an entire set of perfectly good dining room chairs. 12 in all. Thank you so much for stopping by to share your stories. So nice to know there are others out there doing similar things to save all our junk from land fills.

  15. Lamar Lambert says:

    I turned to dumpster diving when our house burned. The insurance company paid for temporary rental but much of the furniture needed to be “created” Now I am getting ready to redoux a computer desk I recovered with ASCP for our new beach condo. You definitely want to use the gloves and flash light.

  16. jj jones says:

    If people don’t they are crazy …found a vintage samsonite piece of luggage that was just beautiful,mirrors all sorts of stuff ,especially at high end complexes…computers, computer tables…man you should listen to this woman, no shame in her game!

  17. susan says:

    Hello. I love your site!! It’s very inspiring!! I was wondering how long you take to refurbish your finds. How long is too long? How much $ is too much? And how do you determine what price to assign to your re-purposed and now beautiful things?

  18. Carla says:

    What about bed bugs??? Are you not concerned about that???

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