Hobokenpix: Refuse on display

4/30/2009:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]

Guilt or helpfulness?

I find this trend of publicly displaying your unwanted items on the sidewalks of Hoboken very interesting.

Nearly each day of the week – you can find some assortment of objects, magazines, toys or outdated technology yours for the taking.

So what prompts most people to do this? The guilt of throwing something perfectly good out? Or just the hope that someone else will find a use for it? Conscience or kindness?

Hoboken Photos of the Day – 4/30/2009

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12 Comments on "Hobokenpix: Refuse on display"

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

My brother and his wife were moving to a new apartment and several things that they didn’t want (but were still in good shape) were left out on the sidewalk. Everything was taken within a half hour. As Hans above said, win-win for everyone.

Though it reminds me…I was moving out of an apartment (in another city) and had some things out in the hallway that hadn’t made its way into the moving van yet. A neighbor down the hall was helping himself to some stuff and had to be shooed away.

fupa
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fupa

this stuffed animals would be greatly appreciated (and used) at liberty humane society.

plywood
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plywood

i have read about (though never seen first hand) that in some more rural towns they will have an out of the way place to bring old but functional washing machines, bicycles, etc. Maybe in this day and age such a recycling center could be instituted somewhere in town in a vacant lot or under-utilized garage or something. Worth some thought in the interest of streamlining this recycling stream.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

We got a bunch of shirts and bookcases and chairs and small tables over the years this way… what we call Sidewalk Specials. In recent years, the trend has gone the other way. No one took our giant TV, though, when we changed to a smaller flat-screen. It was too big for everyone else, too.

Usually clothes and books disappear, though, probably because they are easy to carry home.

I got a Sidewalk Special pizza pan once and had it in the cupboard for several years before I gave up and returned it to the sidewalk for someone who would actually use it.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

I always hesitate before putting functional stuff out for trash/landfills. So I left some replaced TVs on the curb recently.

I put notes on each: “I’m old but I still work” went on my 20 yo Trinitron. “I’ve been replaced but can still put out…someone please take me home” labeled a Toshiba circa 2001. Also taped the remotes, sans batteries, next to the note.

Both vanished w/in a couple of hours. Win-win for everyone.

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