Yes, I’m a trash picker.
Well, not exactly a trash picker as in someone who goes through Philadelphia city trash cans; picking out cigarette butts or half-emptied bottles of beer and wine.
No, I’m more of a trash picker as in someone who, if I spot something in the trash area of my apartment building that’s REALLY incredible, I will most definitely pick it out and give it a new home.
You see, that's my way of being green and recycling.
And let me tell you folks, since I’ve lived in this building, I have found some super items that other tenants have disposed of. I live in a building with a lot of college students who when they vacate after graduation, just toss things.
-A Hewlett-Packard printer/scanner. I couldn’t understand WHY someone threw that out because it was like BRAND NEW. I’ve had it for over 4 years and it still works. Btw, I'm a huge HP fan.
-A Eureka vacuum cleaner that looked as though it had just come off the sales floor. And at the time I found it in the trash area, I NEEDED a new one. I've had this vacuum cleaner for 2 years now and it still works great.
-An Emerson microwave oven that looked as though it had NEVER been used. I got that about 2 months ago. And it’s funny because my old microwave died, so I was just getting ready to buy a new one.
I’ve also picked up some really nice lamps and wall art.
Now there are certain things I draw the line on picking trash.
Such as a mattress.
Ewwwwwwww! God only knows how many people slept on it and what they DID.
Or worse...BED BUGS.
Nope, sorry, no previously-owned mattresses for me – or things like bed pillows.
Well, as luck would have it, Tuesday afternoon before I got into the elevator to go to my apartment, I spotted a suit coat on a hanger, which looked as though it had just been dry-cleaned because it still had the clear plastic bag over it.
I picked it up and lifted the plastic to see what it looked like, and OMG…it was faaaabulous!
The coat was of a rich, deep bluish-black color, that had a slight sheen to the material; handsomely tailored from a company called MIVO. And not only did the hanger contain a coat, but also a pair of matching pants. AND…it also had a brand new tailored white shirt!
I quickly looked at the measurement of the coat, but it didn’t have a size tag. However, I could tell that it might be a good fit, just from the shoulder width and overall cut.
So do you know what I did? I recycled it!
And when I got into my apartment, I tried on the coat and guess what? It fit like a glove; almost as if it was custom-made. The pants fit me in the waist but the length was definitely too long. But who cares because I can always have them altered. And the shirt was a slim fit in MY size.
Here, take a peek...
Whoever previously owned it must have been OCD because the coat and shirt were spotlessly clean.
And do you know what’s hysterical? I’ve been looking to buy a new suit coat, but have had the worst time finding my size.
It's ironic, because it seems that whenever I'm searching for something, the object just APPEARS in the trash.
Gee...I wonder if that'll work when I start looking for a boyfriend to have a deep and meaningful relationship with.
Perhaps I'll just wake up one day and there he'll be.
In the TRASH...
...is another man's treasure!
Have a delightfully trashy weekend everyone!