Hi - my names Jim and I'm a scavenger.
Spring is coming which means Spring BULK pickup is coming to the towns around mine. That's when homeowners can put out anything for garbage pickup but construction debris. You can dispose of toilets, cabinets and Water Heaters but not construction lumber. Go figure...
Anyway, people like me drive around and skim the cream - so to speak.
There are the scrap metal guys, antiquers, the "snippers" that cut the power cords off of anything electrical - even computer mice and people like me that are looking for cool things.
For example - I just started cleaning up a Fein Turbo II vac I grabbed in the fall. It's LOUD but I suspected that it was due to having ingested a large amount of sheetrock dust. The cannister was CAKED with such dust.
I've got it all apart and the fan impeller had 1/16" of SR dust on the blades. I've run the motor without the impeller and it's quiet, so I think it was an imbalanced impeller and not the actual motor/bearings. We'll see when I get it cleaned up and back together. I DON'T think it merits a post in the RESTORATION Forum. Worst comes to worst I can cannibalize the tool triggered start assembly and use it for my Ridgid vac. If so I'll have a BRAND NEW felt bag available - it's brand new and came with the price sticker still on it!
Over the years I've picked up a lot of decent furniture at the curb. I have a solid oak dining room table, daughters desk and over desk hutch, living room coffee table, headboard for daughters bed, various storage shelves and bins. It's amazing what people throw away.
I've started using Freecycle and similar sites to get rid of useful stuff. Car stereos, computer Zip Drives, wired computer routers and USB CD-Burners . . . Things like that . . .
There is a rummage sale in one of the local churches to ease me into shape - I need to ease into the season so to speak.