Left behind

lcd tv

The last few days have been a bit dry. I found this Lloyd’s brand LCD TV Friday evening. It didn’t work (light came on but didn’t turn on) but I didn’t really expect it to. I figured someone might be able to fix it or use it for parts and put it on Craigslist. I got a few emails, and gave it to someone who’s trying to learn how to fix stuff. Good luck to him!

I think that if we as a society focus more on repairing what already exists (or giving it to people who want to) we can greatly reduce our consumption and waste. That’s why I think the Repair Cafe is an amazing idea.

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It’s getting close to the end of the month which means I find piles of stuff left by people who are moving away. I came across a lot of these in the last few days but none of them were super interesting. You can generally tell it’s a “moving pile” when you find the contents of the fridge – half empty jars or pickles, jam, etc – and the pantry amongst the stuff.

tea set made in japan

I did come across this little tea set…

tea set made in japan

I think there’s a few mugs missing but it’s still pretty cute. I think it was intended to be a sort of kid’s play tea set – it’s hard to tell from the picture but the tea pot is really tiny.

captain morgan buckle ikea clock

I also found a new Captain Morgan belt buckle and a working IKEA clock (which was still sealed in plastic).

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Another “moving pile.” I scavenged a couple of decent kitchen utensils but there wasn’t much of interest otherwise. There was a whole cutlery set in there but I don’t need cutlery at all and didn’t feel like fishing around the bag for it. I ended up finding another set of cutlery in the trash later – it seems like a pretty common thing to be thrown out when people move.

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Another moving pile…

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This one contained these four sealed (well, one is unsealed but looks unused) jars of cocktail mix. I’m not a big cocktail guy but my roommate might like them. If not they’ll soon be on the CL free section!

juicer hamilton beach

It also contained this juicer (brand: Hamilton Beach). I don’t often take home this kind of stuff – usually it’s thrown out because it’s busted – but this pile looked like a “moving pile” and the juicer was pretty clean so I decided to take a shot.

It looks good so far! The motor turns and it seems to make juice, though I haven’t tested it fully yet. It performed well on the 1/6th of an apple I threw in there though! These things retail for 60-100 bucks so it’s a pretty nice find. I’m guessing that these people didn’t really use it that often and decided not to bother with packing it.

Anyways, I hope the next few days provide some more interesting stuff. The end of the month is usally pretty good. I’ll keep you posted!

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3 thoughts on “Left behind

  1. Interesting post!

    Love the picture with the snowflakes. Yup, that looks like a miniature ceramic tea set for kids. Seems like you’ve got a couple of saleable items there.

    I like the way you came to mention of the Repair Cafe in Amsterdam. Adds a new dimension to your blog.

  2. BeingZhenya says:

    Ohhh! Love the juicer. I freecycled a blender recently, still can’t get over it :)
    Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

  3. Sweet Tammy says:

    M,

    I once cored and juiced 300 apples by hand because I didn’t know anyone with a juicer… Keep the Hamilton Beach and I hope to use it in the future! Ha. (300 apples by hand was tough… we squeezed the liquid out using cheese cloth)

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