How to start a give-away shop

Dumpster diving can be quite cool. It's not just for free food, but also for stuff, especially clothes. Imagine the cool parties you can throw when you have piles of discarded clothes. This is what I was thinking a while ago. So we reserved a space in our home and baptised it Boutique Trash Chic, our own little semi-private in-house free shop. Here are some blasts from the past, when I actually started a website around this idea:

Great locations for a give-away shop, nook or box:

  • at home, if you have a lot of friends come over all the time, or you're hosting travellers
  • at the entrance of your building, if you live with many other people. Many buildings in Berlin are very suitable for this.
  • at bars
  • hostels
  • schools

Free/flea market in Brussels

Submitted by guaka on Sun, 07/18/2010 - 21:53

Today we went to the flea market in Brussels. It's best if you go there when it's over. We already found some nice clothes in the street before arriving there. We were a bit too early so we walked to the food market at the South Station (Midi) - where Seung Ho and I stayed a bit longer to dumpster dive some nice fruit, vegetables and potatoes. This time not as much as we used to dive, but the hot weather probably plays a role in that. Erga and Cansu walked back to the flea market where we found them smiling with the many many clothes and other stuff they had found.

Wedding Trash - and designated clothing trash

Submitted by guaka on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 00:44

Last Saturday we hitchhiked back from Zaventem after dropping a friend at the airport (with 51.7 kg check-in luggage). Naturally Erga couldn't > resist checking out the local trash of clothes next to the determined clothing trash box. Erga quickly found a bunch of clothes, but the best was a fancy black dress, just waiting for someone to fit.

Of course we arrived home to find out our room mate Filip was heading to a wedding with his sister Kristien.

I think it's good there are special containers for clothes, but I think it's nicer if we can take some of those and give them to friends instead of not being sure about what happens with these clothes. I've seen piles of similar clothes in Mali on the market. Please add links here to stories about what actually happens to clothes in these boxes.

Further reading

Dumpster Diving Tips

There's enough food for everyone, but a lot of food is chucked. Stores, consumers and producers simply dump a lot of good food! You can find this food by checking the bins you find outside of stores. Dumpster diving can also be a lot of fun!