It’s the time of year when resolutions abound and everyone is committing themselves to a cleaner, leaner, serener 2015. I have a bold resolution to add to the list: find better trash in the new year. Are you less than enthusiastic about your trash finds in 2014? Do you long to roam the streets confidently picking up the choicest roadside discards? Well, dream no more. Resolve to bring home the top shelf trash in 2015 and prosper.
To assuage your sadness over your heretofore subpar trash, in today’s edition of Great Trash Finds, I share with you the worst Frugalwoods scavenges. These are all things that have utility, but they’re not gems in the canon of truly great trash finds. But alas, we can’t find a coat, or a J Crew shirt, or a fondue pot every time we trash hunt. I hesitate to denigrate anything free, but, this stuff is pretty weak sauce.
Not So Great Trash Find #1: Wrapping Paper
This is actually some fairly high quality paper, but, the rolls are half empty. I’ll still use it to wrap gifts, but it’s certainly no winner of a find. Also, who the heck throws out perfectly serviceable wrapping paper? Are they never going to wrap a present ever again?
Not So Great Trash Find #2: Plastic Party Supplies
I present to you: three plastic trays, two plastic tablecloths, and 12 plastic wine glasses. I’m not one for plastics, but, this find was too good (terrible?) to pass up. I figure it’ll come in handy next summer for a BBQ on our minuscule urban patio. At the very least, we can pose Frugal Hound with one of the wine glasses on New Year’s Eve. Such a party hound.
Not So Great Trash Find #3: Power Strip
I mean, this isn’t a bad thing to find, it’s just rather boring. But hey, power strips aren’t cheap, so I suppose this was a fairly decent find all things considered. Still, a power strip? Come on streets of Cambridge, you can do better.
Not So Great Trash Find #4: Ceiling Hooks
Beside being just a really odd thing to set out in a free box by the side of the road, these hooks are not exactly woot-worthy. However, my epic tinkerer, Mr. FW, will employ them in one project or another. His motto: never turn down free tools or building materials.
Not So Great Trash Find #5: Outlet Multiplier Thingy
Not sure what this thing is actually called, but its function is pretty self-explanatory. Perhaps even more mundane than the power strip, I’d forgotten this was even from the trash it’s so prosaic.