Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dumpster Diving - SCORE!!

I was sitting at the carwash taking a break, like I usually do, talking to my friend Carmen, aka ScrapperDelighted on the phone and told her "there is a shelf across the street by the dumpster at the vet's place". She asked if I was gonna go check it out and I told her "OF COURSE!".

I drove across the highway and the little shelf was in decent shape, needed to have the screws tightened up but otherwise okay.

I noticed some hanging plastic file folders that I thought would be nice to store scraps of paper in and told Carmen "I think I will get some of those". They had K-9 Advantix labels on the front so I figured they were suppose to be given to dog or cat owners if they bought the product. There were some that were a hunter green and some a smoky blue...I liked the smoky blue but got some of each.

I went on to this place where I see clients and when I came home I was trying out one of the file 8.5 x 11 paper perfectly and my scrap paper was fitting nice. I liked that they were able to sit up on their own with paper in them. I called my friend Linda, aka LGuild, and told her about them and asked if she might want some. I flipped one over and on the back it said STAPLES. I decided to look them up and they retail for $6.29 each. Linda told me "YOUR MISSION IS TO GO BACK AND GET THE REST OF THEM".

I hollered at Lucy and asked if she wanted to go on a mission and she ran to the front door. I drove back across town hoping the trash truck hadn't run over there yet. We pulled up at the vet, Lucy looking a little nervous because it is where she goes to the vet, and sure enough there the trash sat. I pulled in the back and started gathering up the boxes of the file folders, some boxes still not opened.

When I came back home I counted the total of file folders I got, from the first time and then my mission and I had a total of 245 plastic hanging file folders!! I did the math and with the retail price and tax I got $1,679.45 worth of file folders!!

Here is a picture of one of the file folders with my white "stamping" cardstock in it. I am not sure how much it holds, but it is quite a bit of cardstock in there.

Let's hear three cheers for dumpster diving!

HIP HIP HOORAY!
HIP HIP HOORAY!
HIP HIP HOORAY!

30 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great dumster dive Shirley!!! Now why can't I see things like that when I'm out driving?!!! lol

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  2. HIP HIP Hooray !!! You are a lucky lady!

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  3. Yay - and Lucy was nervous for nothing! Great score!

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  4. all I can say is WOW nice find

    fergie

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  5. Lucy did a good job as "lookout" while you dumpster dived! LOL!

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  6. Amazing! I'm sure they had no idea how much they cost. Great find! Well worth the trip back to get the rest of them. :)

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  7. What a great find!! But, I was thinking, you and Linda do not need all 245 of them, do you? I would be happy to take some of your hands!!

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  8. Awesome find!

    Smiles Sher
    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  9. debbie_fulton@hotmail.comDecember 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    You are so cool. I am now a follower.

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  10. Sigh... I am wicked jealous. Can I have a couple?

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  11. My dad used to dumpster dive all the time. I always called him Fred Sanford! LOL! But it was amazing what he would find. Way to go Okie!!!

    Marilyn C.

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  12. OMG ... that was not a dumpster, that was a treasure chest!!! Way to go Shirley, you've taken dumpster diving to a whole new level! These files are going to be great for your scraps, they look super sturdy!

    Hugz,
    Carol

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  13. As they say.....one's man trash is another man's treasure! Great score.

    Beth
    imaquiltingfan@yahoo.com

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  14. Love love love that!!! My hubs tells me I'm crazy for doing things like that. But I have filled my studio with throw-aways and everyone things I spent a fortune. Great find!!!!

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  15. WOW! i think i might start have to dumpter diving lol.

    love the card

    rosiemini@gmail.com
    www.scraplovingminis.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow Okie! Nice score! The best part, it didn't effect your budget!

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  17. WOW !! I see BLOG CANDY wrote all over these!!! :) Hint

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  18. What country song is that "and they were swingin'" or something like that. Just popped into my head only it was "and they were divin'" No idea why. And I probably shouldn't share that. But what the hell... Nice score!!!

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  19. SCORE... BIG TIME!!! Wow, that is amazing! What in the world will you do with 245 tho? Next years Christmas presents for your scrappy friends?? LOL!!
    Congrats Okie. (Makes me want to jump in my car and find some dumperster!!)
    Happy New Year!
    Lori

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  20. Think of it not as dumpster diving but as your part of reducing what goes to the land fill. I would tell your vet "if you have any more folders you want to get rid of give me a call Ill come take them off your hands" have a great new years

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  21. I've never gone "dumpster diving," but dang --- I'd do it for a find like that! I wonder why they were throwing all that out?! Seems they could have offered it to some organization or something (maybe SPCA)???

    Well, congrats on the great find! Organization is the key to great creating!

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  22. Amazing. It is so great that you keep your eye peeled for opportunities like that.

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  23. That's so Amazing!!!! Great find!!!!

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