Just when you thought I could not get trashy enough….
Here is MORE JUNK you need to know about me. Click HERE if you missed the first installment on the proper way to Dumpster Dive.
If you haven’t explored the treasures of the dumpster, then try “Le Apartment Complex”!
Apartments are the Gold Mine of all things free in furniture and Home Decor. Almost every city and town has multiple apartment complexes. On any given weekend, someone is moving out or moving in. Usually, there is limited space in an apartment and it is not cost-effective to move everything in or out.
Enter the Apartment Dumpster
Often the Apartment Dumpster is an enclosed area, where there resides a dumpster, and plenty of space for furniture to land too.
Here are FAQs about Apartment Dumpster Diving:
Q.How do I find the best apartment to search?
A. Research. Done in your car. Early morning runs. I recommend prior to 7 a.m. Best to go before others are leaving for work.
Q. How often and when should I search?
A. I recommend at least weekly. Try to find out what day the trash is picked up at your local apartment complexes, you want to be sure to go the day before. NOTE, the end of the month is typically when renters will be moving out and the pickings will be prime. Be warned, this is the time to GO EARLY. There are others in your city who know this trick, the competition can get fierce.
Q. What do I do if the only apartments in my area are gated?
A. Sit outside gate at about the time people are leaving for work in the morning. Wait until a car comes out, which should be every few minutes. Drive in fast before gate closes.
Q. Once I am inside Gated Apartment, what if the only good Dumpster is Locked?
A. 1st, peek under the gate to see if there is anything worth salvaging in there before your go to your next step.
2nd, And there is! A peek over the gate revealed this Solid Wood Art Deco Coffee Table
3rd: Explain to friendly tenants who you are and why you need into that dumpster, ask if they have a key, often it is just the Maintenance Worker who has the key. Either track down his/her Golf Cart, or come back later and track down his/her golf cart. (See gated community entrance again to get back in). The key here is FRIENDLY. Make sure your maintenance person knows you are for real and you are “helping” them by getting rid of the trash. I supply one of my contacts with cookies, this ensures phone calls on a regular basis should furniture end up in the locked dumpster.
Q.Should I always expect to find good stuff at apartment dumpsters?
A. Non. Often it truly is junk. Remind yourself that a dumpster is not one stop free furniture shopping. More often than not, you will see something like this:
Q. What is the weirdest thing you have seen in an apartment dumpster.
Q. What is the biggest score you have had in one day of Apartment Dumpster Diving
A. End of the month, February 2012, all this:
Q. What do I do if I find something that seems to heavy, or difficult to get into the car by myself.
A. You have two options here. Leave and try to find a friend and come back. Or, use patience, lots of nudging the thing along by itself, then carefully leverage it into your car. Remember, you are not alone in this game. There is competition and leaving your find is risky.
I recently was able to get this into my car by myself, remember, nudge, wedge, you can do this!
Q. What if someone questions what I am doing there?
A. Honesty is always the best policy. The Apartment complexes usually have to pay the city trash collectors to come and haul furniture away. Remember, you are the good guy! You are doing a SERVICE here!
This concludes Part Deux of Le Comprehensive Guide to Dumpster Diving, stay tuned for more developments.