PICKING up stuff that people have left outside their houses is an enormous risk.
One person’s landfill may be another’s treasure – and it’s free. But are you just dragging bed bugs and weird old shit into your home? Here’s our guide to doing it right.
You are not going to repaint it
You can tell yourself that you’re going to sand down that dresser, give it a paint job and create a shabby chic masterpiece, but it will never happen. It’s just a chipped old dresser full of dead spiders. You may eventually get round to removing the spiders.
You are not going to get a VHS player
Oh look, it’s the entire VHS collection of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It doesn’t matter. You will never see a VHS player again in your life. Walk away. Make it so.
Books are fine
Some twat is switching to Kindle-only? More books for you! But beware: however highbrow the collection seems, it will definitely include the autobiography of a retired footballer, a collection of unfunny quotes and at least one of the Fifty Shades abominations.
Mattresses are never fine
Unless you happen to be doing a PhD in fungal biology. Otherwise… have you lost your mind?