Curbside Shopping- A Chicago Tradition

Chicago has some of the best shopping in the United States. There is Michigan Ave, Oak Street, and the new Fashion Outlets. And lets not forget the alleys and the curbs. It’s a Chicago tradition to “dumpster dive” as they call it. You can practically decorate your home from driving around the cities alleys.

Several years ago, I was helping a client clean out their garage. They decided instead of donating items (always my first choice), to put them in the alley. A lady drove by and proceeded to load her car. She even had bungee cords to tie things on top of it. After she was done, her car was so loaded, I don’t know how it moved.

Another time, I was putting some items on the curb when a guy asked if I had more metal. My client agreed to let him pull some really big pieces of stuff from her basement (I was very thankful because I didn’t know how I was going to get it out).

Yesterday I hauled an old metal filing cabinet down two flights of stairs to put on the curb. My client didn’t have a curbside area or alley so I brought it home. It was gone within five minutes.

So what are the desired items for curbs and alleys? Metal scraps are number one. There are metal guys that drive around all day looking for scrap metal. I always keep it separate for them and put it in a pile. Building/construction materials are also a big hit. And lets not forget furniture.

I am not promoting littering up the alleys and neighborhoods. I am trying to educate you on how to get rid of things. If you do choose to put items in the alleys, make sure that you stack them neatly against the wall and don’t block the street.

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