If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Mankato Free Press)   People are encouraged to scavenge through spring cleaning garbage for useful items   ( mankatofreepress.com) divider line
    More: Strange  
•       •       •

45 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Apr 2003 at 1:45 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

50 Comments     (+0 »)
2003-04-07 01:48:22 AM  
I'm always looking for used syringes...they taste like burning...
2003-04-07 01:48:52 AM  
Generally, I try to avoid scavaging . But that's just how I roll.

Now scavenging, that's a whole new ballgame.
2003-04-07 01:49:07 AM  
I look for the soiled panties.
2003-04-07 01:49:36 AM  
How do you think I furnish my dwellings. It makes moving a snap cause it goes back from whence it came.
2003-04-07 01:50:20 AM  
I am now beginning Operation Booby Trap My Garbage.
2003-04-07 01:51:37 AM  
All this time I spend trying to eliminate junk from my house, people are trying to collect it. Amazing.
2003-04-07 01:51:39 AM  
Now personaly I don't do it, but I know a lot of people that are garbage diggers, I even knew a preacher that used to do it all through spring/summer AND fall. Now talk about determination! To each his own I guess.
2003-04-07 01:51:47 AM  
Who's up for some scrounging?
2003-04-07 01:52:26 AM  
Aw, the image didn't work.

Mods delete, if you please.
2003-04-07 01:52:47 AM  
I put a whole bunch of old broken shiat out by the curb Thursday evening for the Friday morning pick up. Twenty minutes later, I took some more busted crap out there and all of the other stuff had already been taken. Sure makes the garbage man's job easy.
2003-04-07 01:57:51 AM  
[image from adamjones.freeservers.com too old to be available]
2003-04-07 01:58:10 AM  
Yeah! Mankato! I'd like to give a shout out to all my old Gusty homies in nearby St. Peter! Thank Goddess I'm someplace warmer than you!

/end odd rambling
2003-04-07 01:58:31 AM  
I at least try to make a profit from my old busted crap, I have a rumage sale once a year, last year a made $130 in one day for crap I hadn't used in over a year! Waste not want not.
2003-04-07 01:58:35 AM  
slim pickings.
2003-04-07 01:59:20 AM  
Had a bunch of crap I've been lugging around for years but did not wan't to throw away. I finally decided to take an old glass table out to the curb. Fifteen minuites later it was gone. Had myself a "free" yardsale over the next week. I can finally walk around my house again without tripping over useless crap. I encourage anyone who has a bunch of junk to do the same.
2003-04-07 02:01:14 AM  
Anybody want a free futon bed or waterbed? I couldn't give that stuff away it's so ugly.
2003-04-07 02:02:32 AM  
Imnot, why would you give it away when you know somebody would pay for it?!?! I dunno, just doesn't make sense to me, I mean I pay top dollar for my stuff, so when I want to rid myself of it why shouldn't somebody pay to have it too?
2003-04-07 02:11:56 AM  
[image from mankatofreepress.com too old to be available]

I'd Hit It!
2003-04-07 02:17:19 AM  
Oh yeah Zaago, those saggy boobs with no bra is just oh so hot!! lol!!
2003-04-07 02:19:36 AM  
Tjernagel comes from her home in Waconia, near the Twin Cities, every year to drive around the North Mankato streets looking for treasure among others' trash. "My in-laws live here. They call and say, 'It's national garbage week in North Mankato' and I head down."

While I fully support restoring discarded objects in order to save money or reduce waste, I found this much enthusiasm for garbage week a bit sad. The fact that this woman commutes over 50 miles in order to pick through curbside trash bothers me. I hope she gets out of Waconia a few times a year for reasons other than this.
2003-04-07 02:20:04 AM  
Years ago my aunt was heading home from work the night before "spring cleaning day". Noticed a nearly new leather jacket sticking out of a trash pile. Stops to pick it up and discovers...IT HAS THREE BULLET HOLES IN IT AND IS COVERED IN FRESH BLOOD. She gets in the car rushes to her house and calls the cops. Turns out some genius drug dealer had killed a guy that owed him money at his house, stripped the body, pitched it in Lake Erie, but dumped the clothes in his trash. My aunt later had to testify at the trial. The guy got life.
2003-04-07 02:24:01 AM  
When was that Evil? I lived in Michigan my whole life up until about 3 years ago and never heard that one!
2003-04-07 02:24:25 AM  
EviLincoln - So, does she still wear the coat?
2003-04-07 02:24:51 AM  
Hey, there is nothing wrong with sagging. It is what breasts are supposed to do.
2003-04-07 02:26:06 AM  
Hey, I know zaago, after breastfeeding a baby breasts aren't as perky as they used to be, but at least I wear a bra out in public!
2003-04-07 02:30:14 AM  

The coat was taken as evidence. Although she does have a couple of funny pictures taken by the police with her standing by the trash pile looking kind of "deer in headlights-ish"
2003-04-07 02:33:03 AM  
these people would be very busy here. we have a big trash pickup once a month. but each city zone is a differnet tuesday so every tuesday there is stuff out to pick up. beleive me there is a lot of people that do it as well. there is a group of hispanics that drive around with a 40 foot moving truck. they are at least nice and ask you if they can have it (by law everybody is suppose to do it)
2003-04-07 02:36:59 AM  
Hot_Mamma, I never wear a bra in public (except when running). They're too confining.
2003-04-07 02:40:25 AM  
Ahh, garbage-picking... the kids used to tease me on the playground, but after I furnished my first apartment with castoffs, who's laughing now? *ahahahaha*
2003-04-07 03:00:17 AM  
we always put up a sign that says "Scavenging - $5 for 10 minutes" and we load the pile with used condoms and feminine napkins (at the bottom, when they're knee deep) and then we just laugh and laugh...

ahh, good times...
2003-04-07 05:47:54 AM  
I can't believe none of you wonderful Farkers have mentioned,

the word is "GLEAN" not "GLEEN."

The editor should be shot, hung, and burned at the stake.
2003-04-07 06:50:58 AM  
Major "scavaging" tip: College dorms on moving-out day. You'd be amazed at some of the stuff Mom and Dad don't want to haul home.
2003-04-07 08:12:10 AM  
LooseShoes, that's the truth. I live near a major university and you wouldn't believe the awesome shiat they leave on the sidewalk.
2003-04-07 08:41:16 AM  
I live in Mankato. I'm not even sure I want to read the article yet... haven't had my coffee....
2003-04-07 09:03:36 AM  
I had this futon that the cat used for his sandbox.The cat ended up buried in the yard . The futon ended up on the curb and written on it, in black magic marker, were the words, "PISSED ON BY CAT." It was gone inside an hour.
2003-04-07 09:52:56 AM  
[image from mankatofreepress.com too old to be available]

dont these people look WAY to happy to be posing next to garbage?
2003-04-07 09:59:51 AM  
Nice tatas.

Non-breast related: I'm all for dumpster diving and such. I'd do it myself if I wasn't such a germ-phobic dork.
2003-04-07 10:15:57 AM  
It's a shame to throw away a perfectly good baby like that.
2003-04-07 10:20:44 AM  

I spit my coffee out on that one.....
2003-04-07 12:47:52 PM  
Dumpster diving in spring is ideal because all the college stuednts are leaving! My alarmclock is a college student throw out and I've been using it for about seven or eight years now. Works just fine.
2003-04-07 01:52:05 PM  
In Fargo garbage amnesty week happens to coincide with finals week for NDSU, I can't imagine why. Last year kinda suck for scrounging though, it rained the first two days, ruining any and all upholstered furniture.
2003-04-07 02:02:39 PM  
I love spring clean up scroungers. I had to dispose of a very picked over motorcycle carcass (was rebuilding another one). The carcass cost me $100 to buy, got $400 worth of parts off of it, and then it was going to cost me $50 to get the remains hauled away. Put it on the sidewalk and it disappeared in 4 hours.
2003-04-07 05:03:12 PM  
We call it "Curbin" up here in NYS. I've made about $500.00 off stuff I found. I tore old computers apart, and that helped pass my A+ cert. The night after yard sales are good. Most people just push what they don't sell on the curb!
2003-04-07 05:32:44 PM  
Back when I lived in Mankato (yes there were times I did not stay at the Welcome Inn but rather a paid apartment), we would place NICE ITEMS such as acoustic guitars, bongos on the curb and attach them to 20lb monofilament line, and the kite-flying spindle and sit and wait for the fu8n to begin.
2003-04-07 08:38:28 PM  
An important distinction one needs to make (that the article author did not) is that there is a vast difference between trash and junk.

Trash is general household waste - food cartons, empty beer cans, old kleenex, vegetable peels, whatever. Trash is nothing you want, unless you have the dietary patterns of a rat.

Junk, on the other hand, is old or broken stuff that you just don't want anymore. A rocking chair with a broken rocker, f'rinstance, or that ugly lime-green vinyl chair you bought in the 70s.
2003-04-07 09:16:11 PM  
Yay!!! My town got mentioned on Fark!
2003-04-08 12:45:04 AM  
Yay!! MY town got mentioned on Fark :)

The saddest part about this is that this made the front page of our "newspaper" a few days ago..
2003-04-08 12:48:04 AM  
Man... three mankatoians on fark.. mankato fark party? :P
2003-04-08 02:44:13 AM  
Mankato MN? thats a good place to party... err... so i hear... ;-)
2003-04-08 05:52:29 PM  
Yeah.. Our university is #1 in STD's ;)
Displayed 50 of 50 comments

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter

Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.