What is the best free stuff you have found from kerbside collections?

For me personally, it is perfectly working junked electronics - flat screen TVs, amplifiers, speakers. It's amazing people throw away this stuff. It's almost like they decide to upgrade to a newer model and couldn't be bothered selling off their old (but not necessarily obsolete gear). I have been lucky to salvage electronic gear still working after light rain, as the moisture did not get into the components. It might be asking for too much but I wish they left the remote controls with the equipment they are throwing out. Some fresh batteries would be nice too :)

"Waste not, want not"
"One man's trash, is another's treasure"
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What is the best free stuff you have found from kerbside collections?

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  • +1 vote

    Winking Pikachu plush still in excellent condition.

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      We got a working metal vice/table clamp.

      And a decent queen size bed.

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    • +2 votes

      For all the repeated conversations we have here I reckon kerbside collection show and tell is at least a once yearly discussion on a site like OzBargain.

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        Maybe it could be the yearly stickied thread. A bit disappointed because there was no hard garbage in my area last year because of Covid and the next one isnt until Oct~Nov, so I won't have time to set up trolls for the busted arse Pajero driving bin scabs bogans for this year's thread… I'll have to roll it over into next year's thread…

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          My Council have moved to a "you can organise 2 free collections per financial year" system, so instead of there being a massive trash and treasure, it's just random all year round.

          It's a good thing in that the streets don't look a mess for about 3 weeks, but it's annoying because there's no fun days of freebies.

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            @jjjaar: Yeah i'm mixed on the whole skip bin/council bin pass.

            On one hand, yes the streets look better, but on the other hand the council will end up paying more as less items are taken off the verges, reducing dumping costs.

            Also a lot of valuable items will end up in the trash, not exactly sustainable, and people end up on selling their tip passes.

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              @Drakesy:

              and people end up on selling their tip passes.

              Omg smart idea

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                @jjjaar: Not really. A lot of councils won't let anyone but the addressee on the tip pass use that tip pass.

                I don't need mine and tried to sell it before I realized on the newer ones it has all my details and a warning that ID matching the tip voucher will need to be shown.

                It is also full of conditions on what I can and can't dump and a maximum weight per pass. No trailers above waterline. No large or bulky items. No garden waste. Electronic waste must be separated before dumping. No tyres, no mattresses, no chemical or oil waste. No batteries. It's almost a worthless tip voucher now anyway.

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                  @pegaxs: Ahhh see in my Council you just book in a day to get a collection from your own nature strip and they come and collect it. So if someone else has used their 2 collections, I could sell my collections and I would just need to book it in, with the others able to effectively "dump" their stuff on my nature strip when I've booked it in.

                  I'm sure there's limits to the amounts I'm allowed to have collected, but it's quite large and covers most of the items you've said yours don't - providing they are all organised.

  • +13 votes

    120 Litre wheelie bins…….I've got dozens of them now.

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      No 240L or 80L ?

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        No, I have standards.

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    wood

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    Kerbside collections are not done in my local area sadly.

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    What I thought were 6 replica designer chairs that turned out to be originals. Chair sells for ~$600 each new.

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    I tried hard not to look at them as I want to offload my stuff, not to add more into my collection :D

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    50 watt bass guitar amplifier. Plugged in and used straight away. Many, many other great scores.

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    Got a smoker that's in decent nick. Need to repaint some handles that have surface rust but otherwise fine. House sold on the next road and was clearing out about a month ago.
    Likewise found semi-portable bbq grill (think weber but rectangular) that's only issue was that auto-ignition failed. Didn't matter to me as light up with a match and use gas to heat up coals and then use as a charcoal grill.

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    2 kids body boards in near perfect condition.

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      Thought I read '2 kids body parts…'

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    Kids bike.

    Unfortunately my council has gotten rid of kerbsides in favour of sh!thouse skip bin system.

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    High end speakers and speaker stands.
    Just in case (they were loading them into the car but got sidetracked going back inside to get something else), I hung out watching them for 15 minutes, then grabbed them, then hung out for a further 30 minutes waiting for the owner to come out and wonder where they were.
    Never happened and they're still my main speakers 10 years later.

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    A PS4 with a hard drive error,
    $30 for a new hard drive later and a firmware install and she was good to go, still got her a year later.

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    All of the above.

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    About 15 years ago, my parents brought in a box containing a nes console with about 10 games.

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    old art deco train engine from 20's - 30's
    it's an old lionel engine called the Commodore Vanderbilt
    no tender, alas, just the engine

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    Portable basketball ring and stand. Kids nagged me to buy one for ages but dragged one home after seeing it while walking the dog. Still in use today.

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    Plenty of bikes and furniture

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    Not me but my mate picked up a boxed Nintendo Superscope and he gifted it to me.

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    Samsung 24 inch computer monitor. Was driving past a couple of streets from home, saw the guy put it out. I pulled over and watched for a few minutes to see if he changed his mind, and like OP, my hand was forced when it started to rain.
    Got it home, dried it with a towel. It did not work with the plug that was connected but I had a similar one. Cleaned the bit where it plugged in, fitted the fresh one, fired it up, works like a charm to this very day

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    portable basketball ring has been useful, just needed to stack some gravel on the base, get a new ball and basket net

    And just found a 8.5kg LPG bottle, bit rusty but still had 2-3 kg in it and then I'll just swap and go it.