By garbage picking in Rockford, you could furnish your house.

Being Outside

With the weather getting better, I have been spending more time outside. It is really refreshing. I take walks in the neighborhood. I will also sit on my front porch.

I feel more in touch with my street when I am out. I notice a lot more things going on. It is kind of nice. Then I can share some of those experiences with you.


One of the things I have noticed in my subdivision is that garbage day is a big deal. Some of my neighbors put out a lot of stuff every week.

There are also several scrappers that cruise the area for treasures. I have seen some trucks filled to the top with their finds.

If you put something good out on the curb it usually does not last long. My family and I like to time how fast the items get picked up. I think most of us have done a little garbage picking at some point.

The statement is true, "one man's trash is another man's treasure."

What Is On The Curb

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a couple of bedroom dressers. They were picked up almost immediately.

There was nothing wrong with them, we just got new ones. They were big so I did not have a vehicle to take them somewhere to donate. I did not want to mess with Craigslist or something like that.

It is much easier to just set them out on the curb. There is a good chance someone will see it and grab them.

You Could Furnish A House

The neighborhood around the radio has its garbage pick-up on Mondays. On my street, it is on Tuesdays. That gives me the opportunity to get a good look at what people are throwing away. Especially now, that the sunrise is earlier.

I started noticing that residents put out a lot of furniture. In fact, I think you could almost furnish your house by doing some creative garbage picking.

I understand this is not for everyone but just use your imagination for a couple of minutes. Forget about cleanliness and let's pretend there is a magical way to disinfect the items you find.

I am telling you this could be a fun little adventure. I have seriously noticed some interesting things.


For your living room

  • Couches
  • Coffee tables
  • Lamps
  • Recliners
  • TVs

For your bathroom

  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Tubs
  • Vanities

For your kitchen

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Refrigerators
  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens
  • Cabinets

For your bedroom

  • Beds
  • Dressers
  • Nightstands

For the children

  • Cribs
  • High chairs
  • Toys

Think about it. That is a lot of items you could use in your home. I am just naming things off the top of my head.

I wanted to take some photos to share but I did not want to make anyone in the neighborhood angry at me.

I know it isn't realistic but I am having fun just using my imagination to picture the situation.

Have you ever found something good on the curb?

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