So growing up I knew that I wanted to own my own business but I never thought I’d be essentially collecting trash. I especially didn’t think that it was a desirable profession to have or that it would be very liberating but I was wrong.
Okay, so I know what you’re thinking, “this dumpster diving bitch is $#%!ing crazy!” All I have to say is 1. I do not go inside of dumpsters EVER because it’s dangerous and illegal. I don’t want to be fined for catching bed bugs or whatever someone who forgot to put the cap back on their insulin needle before tossing it out but if it was my fault for thinking my super sweet sneakers would protect me from these unanticipated perils then maybe I should be fined in that case. I know that many people find some really valuable things that way and power to them – I just can’t rationalize the act personally. If a dog took a shit on my last $20 bill I’d definitely pass on that but that’s me, we all have our limits. 2. You can hate on me all day long but that’s not going to change the fact that I get to have fun every day and I will probably make more money per hour than you – sorry/not sorry.
Well, I guess I’ll begin with how I got into this whole business in the first place: So I love free stuff and I’m sure many people do but I mean I REALLY like getting free stuff or big discounts etc. It makes me feel like I’m winning and it gives me a major boost of energy. To me it feels like I’m getting paid for doing nothing at all and who the $#@! doesn’t want free money?
I mean don’t get me wrong, a lot of things that get you “free money” amount to some peanuts and pocket lint and I still admittedly get a little “Yippee!” winning feeling. Unless the amount is substantial (at least $20 or more… unless it’s under a pile of shit of course) I won’t get the whole confetti and fireworks going on like I’m talking about here.
One of the first things that I got started with was saving $30 on a hundred dollars of groceries using couponmom.com – a very amazing program they run – you can read more about it here. Then at some point I was moving out of my apartment and I don’t care to move furniture like ever if I don’t have to so I just sell everything and get more furniture gradually later. The platform I used to sell my used furniture was the infamous craigslist.com where I stumbled upon the “free section.” I was intrigued. I clicked on it and the first post that came up was from another person moving across the street from me, I couldn’t believe it! I contacted them and drove across the street to check it out. There wasn’t much there but they had this bad-ass folding clothes drying table that unfolded like a full-size ironing board would with a shutter window on top. It was light, very compact and something I could definitely see myself using (it’s been 7 years and I still use it to this day – thanks again whoever you are out there you rock!)
After that I couldn’t stop checking for new posts; I couldn’t believe my eyes, it seemed like eventually anything I ever wanted or needed and even things I never thought I’d ever see people just giving away to total strangers for FREE was coming up and then some. I was getting a rush every time I’d pick up a free item and then I was like “Why aren’t they selling this shit? ….Fuck it, who cares? I’m going to sell this shit!” This was the turning point where I sought out to profit by flipping what I could find for free, purchase second hand via OfferUp/ thrifting, garage sales, etc. 🙂
Read my article on how to start flipping from bulk trash and other second-hand resources in my article “I Started My Own Business Harvesting Valuable Items From Bulk Trash & So Can You!” I lay out what things I do, what I do get, what I don’t get, what to do, what not to do etc. I also include my references for researching items and other useful tricks.
The one thing I strongly encourage everyone to do is pay it forward and you’re good karma will bring you endless surprises and treasures. I always give away free shit, I actually enjoy giving away my things and pretty much anything of mine someone tells me they like I will give them. I actually really enjoy giving things away or getting people things they want or need, even more than I enjoy finding them.
Another reason to be generous to others is that you’ll get much more back in return! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve given away my favorite things and ended up receiving them one way or another over and over again – it’s insane! For instance, my friend’s kid got all of his games stolen so I sold my PlayStation and all my games so I could get him those games again. Then the very next week someone gave me another PlayStation with more games than I had previously! I also gave away my Macbook Pro which I was reluctant to do it because I am very attached to my laptop but I felt it was necessary given the situation; then 3 weeks later I got an even nicer and 3 years newer Macbook Pro! I gave away a white gold necklace with a beautiful blue emerald surrounded by diamonds and then 6 weeks later I found a grip of gold jewelry of all kinds that someone threw away in bulk trash!
Try giving away your stuff and the more you do, the more you’ll want to give and the more you’ll get back in return! I don’t know how this magic works it just does, trust me.