A Note for the Pickers...
With that said, I've been doing a lot of cleaning out of larger items. Items that are too big to take to the thrift shop or that I know will not be sold. Some of them are still usable, but I don't have the time or the energy to go through the process of trying to sell. These are the things that I put out on the curb twice a month when we are scheduled for bulk item pick up.
I have no problem with "pickers;" people who come by and go through what has been put out prior to pick up by the garbage truck. (Aside: as I've been going through this process for several months, I have a new admiration for the men/women who do this work. I've always had a healthy appreciation for the work that they do. It can't be an easy job. But I want to send a big THANK YOU out to all of the people who do this. You do an important job that is certainly underappreciated.) Again, it's a case of recycle and reuse. I don't want it; you can have it. However, I do have a couple of notes:
- You don't have to ask me; just take it. I had a wonderful neighbor who was sweet enough to ask if I minded if she took a desk I had put out. If it's out; take it. If you can give new life to something I no longer want; that makes me happy.
- Be careful! I've put out tools (some in working order, some not) that could be dangerous. If you're picking at night by flashlight or using your headlines, use caution.
- Pick through and take whatever you want, but please don't tear through or open bags that I've tied up. Believe me, I'm NOT hiding gems from you in a garbage bag. I've probably tied up a bag because what's inside is gross...don't open it.
- Take whatever you want, but please don't leave a mess. I've tried to lay things out so that they are easily accessible; I've tried to make it easy for you. Don't make it difficult for me. I've already cleaned up a mess (which is why this stuff is out there); don't leave me with another one.
If you are a "picker" I encourage you to freely take whatever I have out, but please show me some respect as well. We both have the same goal; keeping this planet a little greener. Let's do it with a sense of appreciation each other.