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In the ghetto


Yesterday was the last day of my temporary job. I had to work really long hours around the end of the month, which is unfortunate as those are some of the best days to find stuff. However, I definitely won’t be working for a while and I’ll be able to devote myself full-time to finding trash and writing the blog. I’ll also be a bit more comfortable knowing I have a somewhat nicer cushion in case things go awry.

I had a chance yesterday after my shift to spend some time in the McGill Ghetto on “move-out day” when lots of kids leave town to go home for the summer. It’s one of the most intense trash days of the year, as the combination of poor planning, ignorance, and privilege make it so that there’s an abundance of awesome trash. There are always incredible amounts of clothes, food (canned, open but usable), electronics, furniture, and books. This picture of trash was just a tiny amount of what could be seen on the streets and in the alleys.

My room-mate and I scoured the area for a while and accumulated a tonne of stuff we didn’t actually want but didn’t want to go to waste. I had a van so I was able to bring a bunch home. We brought home mostly books and clothes, which we plan on washing and putting in the next yard sale. It’s fun looking for stuff, but when you get home and look at it all it’s a bit overwhelming.

The most individually noteworthy find was this hockey gear I found in some bins on Durocher near Milton. I never played hockey but this stuff looks perfectly fine. It’s a shame to throw it away as it’s really expensive to buy new or used and lots of people would be happy to have it.

I brought it home but I don’t have room to keep it. If anyone has interest in buying any of this stuff let me know and I’ll give you a good deal!

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