First of all, I want to stress that by “re-appropriation”, I do not mean “theft”. There is no need to steal, not in America, not in this day and time. There is too much abundance and wealth spread out throughout the entire nation.
We are a great nation of prosperity and with that prosperity comes great waste. My old buddy The Wildman, once decided that he had done all of the work that he ever planned to do and went about trying to live off of doing what he loves, hunting and fishing. The problem was that he lived in the city; however, there was an advantage that he enjoyed… a river ran through it. Therefore he was able to live pretty comfortably by re-appropriation. Here are three methods of re-appropriation.
- Craigslist style ads. There’s lots of free stuff out there, so don’t be shy about looking for it. There are many generous people in the nation who have so much that they are not above sharing with those less fortunate than they. Some of the Free Items on social media sites are valuable too. Take advantage of other’s generosity.
- Roadside trash. I have seen many items of great value set along the side of the road, discarded property waiting for the trash-man. Some have said that this is an illegal activity; however, the Supreme Court has ruled, (in California vs Greenwood), that when a person discards an item then it becomes public domain, so… enjoy!
- Dumpster Diving. As stated before, discarded items become public domain according to case law. That being said, there are a few things you should consider. One is that trespassing is still illegal, so if the dumpster is on private property, you might find yourself crossways with the law. Another thing to consider is trash pickup time. You don’t want to get caught up in the trash when it gets dumped in the compacter.