Mar 8 2011

dumpster surfing [day 286]

I dropped off several bags at the Goodwill trailer, and the only logical exit is to drive behind the shopping center.  It’s a strip mall with a grocery store, a couple of restaurants and lots of small mom and pop type stores.  As we were driving around back to head home, I saw a bunch of clothes thrown in front of a dumpster.  I’m really not sure why the person that threw them out there didn’t place them in the dumpster, but I decided before I eve got out of the car that these needed to be used, not end up in a landfill.

Now don’t get me wrong, had any of these been my size or anything I needed, I would have taken them.  I guess instead of dumpster diving, we could call this dumpster surfing.  My son who was with me was not all that impressed that we were going to pick these up and take them back to the Goodwill trailer.  He reluctantly helped me load them in the car.  It didn’t take long, and the clothes were all in good condition.  At least they won’t be in a landfill.

I’m guessing these were rejects from the Plato’s Closet store in the strip mall.  Anyway, they found a good place.  Surfing is good.

Jul 19 2010

the challenge: day 52 [iSticker… iDitched it]

iDecided to take the Apple logo off the back of my car.  iWent outside after church, going to my car and saw a guy taking a photo of the sticker on the back of my car.  It made me think about transition of propaganda to advertising over the past few decades and what iAm saying with my car stickers.  iHad an Apple sticker, the one pictured on the right and a church sticker of

iAm quite sure Apple gets plenty of advertising and iDo very much like their products, however iWould rather advertise for the small mom & pop type places or organizations doing great acts of compassion.  iSaw this display of Apple stickers, and iHave to say, it’s a very cute use of them, but do the retail giants really need more advertising?  iKnow of a few homeless shelters and food banks that could use a little push.  Those are the stickers iPlan to put on my car.

iTook the Apple sticker off yesterday.  iHave the same feeling about my clothing, iJust don’t want to be a name-brand walking, driving, working, living advertisement for large corporations.  iAm not saying the retail giants are all evil or bad, but they have taken over the majority of retail stores and restaurants, making it difficult for the smaller places to survive.  Most cities have turned into Cookiecuttersville, USA.  Chain stores, mega-marts and strip malls as far as the eye can see.  Again, iWant to say these are not bad, but please support the mom and pop places in your neighborhood.  Do you know where they are?  iKnow many in my area, and to support them, my friend E and iAre going to start a blog to support these places.  More to come on that soon.

Those who say we cannot make a difference shouldn’t interrupt the people making a difference.  :)