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Have you ever cruised through your neighborhood during the cold twilight hours before sunrise and before the garbage trucks rumble down the streets? Remember “The early bird catches the worm.” Just stay ahead of the sanitation trucks and remain within the pick up zones. You may find a gilded China lamp with a Victorian shade or a ragged, round, oak table with lions paw legs or perhaps a tarnished brass bed. Of course a tarnished brass bed may not be your thing if you’re not a Bob Dylan fan, but who knows? It’s just a matter of recycling. That’s what I told Ed.
Good For Your Wallet can be One Man’s Trash
You see Ed was a good friend, who worked in Boston that I moved in with after I had exhausted my college options. Good friends are hard to find and Boston looked like a great place so I decided to make Boston my home, find a job and settle down. The Boston Globe was filled with offers for which I was either over qualified or under qualified.
Anyhow to make a long story longer I soon ran low on cash and self esteem and felt guilty about mooching off my friend so to pay my way I brought back the roadside treasures found on the side streets off Commonwealth Avenue. I was determined to stay in Boston even if it meant becoming a cog in the wheel of the social organism. Unfortunately Ed’s idea of treasure had nothing to do with broken standing lamps and steamer trunks willed with old pictures so Ed insisted that my treasures would have to go. The only way I could stay in Boston and remain friends with Ed was to go…
The Recycling Business
Second hand articles were easy to find and store owners were anxious to rent and Ed was looking forward to having his apartment back so he gladly helped finance my first recycling storefront for $150/ month. Ed never expected to be reimbursed for his investment, and after my first month of recycling I felt he was right. Living on day old doughnuts, with the occasional eggs and ketchup treat was OK, but coming up with the $150 rent money each month was a challenge.
By the end of August I was on the verge of starvation. I did have a store filled with bureaus and beds and tables and chairs and wind up phonographs and almost everything else a BostonCollege student could want or need. When August came to an end and the students returned my luck changed. In September the trash I had accumulated magically turned into treasure and hundreds of college students helped me recycle abandoned, roadside objects. So next time you see an abandoned old chair waiting on the side of the road take it home. You may not want to sit in it, but maybe somebody will. Discover the value of recycling.
Find treasure in trash. Build a solar heating and solar hot water system from recycled materials.Good For Your Wallet can be One Man’s Trash hopes you enjoyed this article