Dumpster Diving at Goodwill!?


Good things seem to happen when I haul a load of junk of to Goodwill. I often end up replacing my box of odds and ends with some amazing treasure. Like my glass table. Or my glorious rooster.

We drove up to the unload spot, handed the men our stuff, and began to drive off when over by their dumpster I spied a big old industrial desk. They were throwing it out; Goodwill would not even have it.

I parked my car and went in, “Please, can you  ask the manager if I could take or buy that desk out at the dumpster?” Well, now that someone was interested in what was previously going to be trashed, a value had to be placed on it.  The sales help came back and wondered about $4.99? You betcha.

Click on the photo to purchase this for $1200. My price- $4.99.

While perusing, I also spotted this little gem and couldn’t pass it up. It would make a nice bedside table between two twin beds, or would work for an end table in the living room or family room. It has wheels that lock in place with the lever making for a possible serving cart. Oh, gee, who couldn’t make use of something as versatile as this?

Click on the photo to see it for sale elsewhere.

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5 comments to Dumpster Diving at Goodwill!?

  • Cynthia

    AMAZING, Terri.

  • Marge

    I remember fondly a neighbor of our that used to go junk yard diving – how the kids in the neighborhood loved going with him. He always came home with more than he took to the dump.

  • They’ve recently banned people from taking things from our local dump and it’s such a waste when I know plenty of people who have come home with great finds.

  • Benny

    My grandmother has a friend that buys storage units and what he doesn’t want he sits outside his fence for a day before he takes what’s left to the dump. We stopped by yesterday to say hi and they happened to be unloading the truck. I came home with 2 huge garbade bags full of fleece scraps of all sizes. First thing i thought was DOG TOYS!!! but I am headed back to post asking for more ideas We clean apartments and often have to trash them out when people move so we find cool stuff all the time. someone is coming today to buy a table we brought home yesterday.

  • James

    It was coming to this Goodwill my sophomore year in college that a revelation occurred to me. I have no shame in shopping at thrift stores. I did feel slightly embarrased however, to TELL people I shopped at thrift stores though.However, during this one particular visit, I accompanied my roommate to look for a shirt that would be good for a cop outfit for Halloween. I was a bit reluctant because I would be tempted to buy something for everyday, but eventually gave in and went.This goodwill was quiet, clean and had window displays that actually weren’t mannequins in out of date clothes. As I perused the racks of clothing, I noticed the other customers around me. There was a man in a nice looking business suit examining coats and pants checking inseams and pockets and only picking ones to his approval. There were also a woman looking through the household items without hesitation pointing out scratches on tables or the shade of a lamp. I let down my guard and realized that the art of shopping at thrift stores isn’t in finding a cheap price, its about finding a good value…and that is something no one should be ashamed of.

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