Etiquette: Curbside Collecting

Etiquette: Curbside Collecting

emilie
Sep 11, 2008

After leaving one of Melbourne's more hidden laneway bars recently, we found this chair hanging out in between some dumpsters. It had clearly been put out with the trash, so we seized the moment and took it home. Dirty laneways are hardly a glamorous way to acquire furniture, but finding something for nothing sure is thrilling.

The fact that it was dark and no one was around to see our find made it easy to feel we could take it, but we feel kind of naughty just 'taking' things without paying. There's also the not wanting to be seen taking stuff off the street and looking *ahem* cheap. This got us thinking, is there an etiquette to taking furniture from the curbside?

This got us thinking, is there an etiquette to taking furniture from the curbside?

Do you ask homeowners if things on their nature strip are for the taking?

What's your best find?

What did you pass up because you were too shy to grab it?

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