Wow dumpster diving/garbage picking, resale stores/flea markets allowed me to live like a king and helped provide for my family.
My first red magnum I had I found in a construction dumpster, though it was buried standing up to just the beginning of the front wheel and fender in drywall, studs and demoed construction materials, My wife and I dug it out in about 20 minutes without the construction crew even knowing it ha ha.
It was and still is in the same condition as in the picture though it had a e50 on it not what’s shown in picture. (The fan in the picture was from the dumpster too ha ha)
A piston ring and a carb clean it purred like a kitten but I put a Polini kit then a za50 gila on it, I still have the stock e50 cases if I want to put it back the way I found it and the few tank scratches it has on from the drywall screws scraping it makes me smile every time I look at them knowing because of them got it for free,
Tree lawn puch finds on garbage day included a few maxis but they were in a lot worse condition,
I did restore this one to nice shape though It took 100s of $ in wheels, controls, lights, covers/body parts, new 15mm carb, pipe and kit for basically only the frame, forks, fender, bottom end and seat were usable.
I got a Trac Moped that went 35 mph with only a carb cleaning and a fresh tank a gas that I sold for fair price,
The other Moped‘s I got off a tree lawn included tomos bullet and a general but used mostly for parts.
Got a small old tube guitar amp that got me 300$ worth of trade on music equipment at a music store, A empty checkbook that had 50 bucks shoved in the back of it,
A heavy gold ring that paid out good money,
A few years ago before they changed the garbage to only recyclable and one garbage bin (you can’t throw anything extra away unless you call and pay more) we got a Yamaha 50w with a 12” speaker guitar amp, a no name acoustic guitar that is just wall art now, a microphone, a Lawrence acoustic pick up and some music stands,
The amp and the pick up are perfect for the house acoustic, it plays cleanly whereas with tube amps it’s just screams and feedsback even @ low volume.
Got too many things to list over the years but some include: stereo receivers, boomboxes, Speakers galore, bicycles, mini bikes, children’s riding toys and wagons, lawnmowers, snowblower, edgers, Weedwhackers, Electric washers and dryers, small fridges/freezers, razor electric scooters.
New clothes with tags still on them, tools, collectibles, you name it that all got used or made good money at garage sales or flea markets.
Can’t pick much now like I said because only the two bins are allowed out here so only on the rare occurrence like if somebody’s moving out do we ever get to pick when it used to be a weekly affair on the eve of garbage day but I did recently find a nice heavy duty high-pressure air tank with gauge, hose and chuck off the side of the road in the bushes and a nice step stool/seat that makes a good shop seat,