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    My Wife is Starting to Get Involved in Scrapping

    Something interesting has happened in our household- my wife is SLOWLY BUT SURELY starting to get a little bit involved in scrapping. It started when I took her a couple of times to the scrapyards when we were together running errands. Then I took her to a dumpster that I go through frequently- we went a few times to this one too. She even knows the name of the company now.

    The next step was that she marveled at things people just throw away. For instance, I'm constantly saying "here are some more free light bulbs."

    She goes for walks every morning. One day she found three $1 bills as she was rounding a corner. She then was saying things like "Steve, the house two streets over at the end of the street has a big pile of stuff sitting out and I saw some metal too."

    Then today, she said she actually picked up something sitting by the curb. It was a very nice tool bin on four wheels that can be used for gardening, etc. It holds standup tools like shovels and rakes. It also has about 20 pouches on the sides for smaller items like gloves, screwdrivers, etc. It looks virtually brand new. A nice little item she found, I have to say!

    But, in the spirit of "Be careful what you wish for" (and I was hoping she'd become interested in scrapping), where does this lead? Here are some possibilities:

    1) We take separate cars to do CurbCo stuff and I see her turning into a neighborhood burning rubber because she knows she is just ahead of me.

    2) She says "Hey Steve, come outside in the back yard for a second." I say, "Yeah, what's up?" She points to a part of our yard and shouts with glee "Craigslist score!".

    3) She sees me stripping wire one night and says "Here, let me show you a faster way." Then, in a manner that TV show character MacGyver would be proud (the old one- Richard Dean Anderson- not sure about the newer one), she shows me an absolutely brilliant way to take down something very difficult. As a result, there becomes a new category of wealth- BBB's (bare bright billionaires).

    4) At Christmas parties she is heard saying "I could out-scrap him (meaning me) any day!"

    This last part of course is said in jest, but it is fun thinking about where this could potentially lead. I will post any further developments as they occur. (That is, unless my wife becomes an SMF moderator and chooses to censor what I say!).


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    Couples who scrap together stay together... (another free tattoo suggestion for you) My wife helps me and its a good time! Enjoy each others company and make some money... its a win win. My wife is VERY mechanically inclined and I am... not. She sees things from a different angle and can work a power tool boys... No pun intended. It helps...most of the time. And yeah, Steve... truth be told my wife could probably "Outscrap" me too!!

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    I think its very cool your wife is starting to get into it. My dad is little like that too. He keeps an eye out for me when he's out and about, and will look through the Craigslist and Facebook stuff to see if there's anything I'd be interested in. I'm glad someone remembers the original MacGyvers! I love them! And then when Anderson went on to star as the lead role in the Stargate franchise with MGM, I am of course a huge fan there too! My handle on most other platforms is stargateguy1, so I'm definitely involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recyclersteve View Post
    Something interesting has happened in our household- my wife is SLOWLY BUT SURELY starting to get a little bit involved in scrapping. It started when I took her a couple of times to the scrapyards when we were together running errands. Then I took her to a dumpster that I go through frequently- we went a few times to this one too. She even knows the name of the company now.

    The next step was that she marveled at things people just throw away. For instance, I'm constantly saying "here are some more free light bulbs."

    She goes for walks every morning. One day she found three $1 bills as she was rounding a corner. She then was saying things like "Steve, the house two streets over at the end of the street has a big pile of stuff sitting out and I saw some metal too."

    Then today, she said she actually picked up something sitting by the curb. It was a very nice tool bin on four wheels that can be used for gardening, etc. It holds standup tools like shovels and rakes. It also has about 20 pouches on the sides for smaller items like gloves, screwdrivers, etc. It looks virtually brand new. A nice little item she found, I have to say!

    But, in the spirit of "Be careful what you wish for" (and I was hoping she'd become interested in scrapping), where does this lead? Here are some possibilities:

    1) We take separate cars to do CurbCo stuff and I see her turning into a neighborhood burning rubber because she knows she is just ahead of me.

    2) She says "Hey Steve, come outside in the back yard for a second." I say, "Yeah, what's up?" She points to a part of our yard and shouts with glee "Craigslist score!".

    3) She sees me stripping wire one night and says "Here, let me show you a faster way." Then, in a manner that TV show character MacGyver would be proud (the old one- Richard Dean Anderson- not sure about the newer one), she shows me an absolutely brilliant way to take down something very difficult. As a result, there becomes a new category of wealth- BBB's (bare bright billionaires).

    4) At Christmas parties she is heard saying "I could out-scrap him (meaning me) any day!"

    This last part of course is said in jest, but it is fun thinking about where this could potentially lead. I will post any further developments as they occur. (That is, unless my wife becomes an SMF moderator and chooses to censor what I say!).
    $$$ be sure to share.

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    Nicee! Agree with NJSouth who scrap togheder stays togheder! Although my wife is not scrapping with me she support me a lot! She even brought home some scrap several time and yea she was glad to help! So be glad scrapers if your wife's help you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroRecycling View Post
    Nicee! Agree with NJSouth who scrap togheder stays togheder! Although my wife is not scrapping with me she support me a lot! She even brought home some scrap several time and yea she was glad to help! So be glad scrapers if your wife's help you!
    There is a little pride and joy when my wife does the same thing bringing home scrap. She hasn't done it in a while but its cool when they understand and get involved.

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    My girlfriends not huge into scrapping. She knows to grab a can bag when we go for a walk and she'll point things out to me. She has gotten into deer hunting the last few years. That's something we both can do together now which I love. As far as scrapping, I hope that's always just me, we each need something that is our own.

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    Mine was dubious until a couple of years ago I took her around the alleys behind the rental houses & apartments around SMU at graduation time.

    If she said, "They're just throwing this away??!!??" once, she said it 25 times.

    Now I regularly get texts about curbco stashes.
    Out of clutter, find simplicity. --Albert Einstein

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