We’ve reclaimed the word “scavenging” and given it a fresh new meaning.
From now on, the concept of scavenging encompasses every possible means of legally acquiring stuff for free — or for as cheaply as possible. This, of course, includes finding stuff on the ground — which is what people tend to think of as “scavenging.” But it also includes shopping in thrift stores. Going to rummage sales. Dumpster-diving. Coupon-clipping. Prospecting. Beachcombing. Bargain-hunting. Foraging. And on and on.
The Scavenging blog forges a new identity for what were formerly thought of as disparate personality types: whether you assemble cutting-edge fashions from discarded clothing, or eat day-old bread rescued from the bin behind the local bakery, you are a scavenger. You might be several kinds of scavenger at once. We know we certainly are. And there are millions of us around the world. We may seem different on the surface, but deep down we’re all alike, whether we scavenge a little or a lot, in just one way or many ways, part-time or full-time, alone or with others. We all share certain values, and we all know the sting of doing something that mainstream culture has always scorned. From the Old Testament right through until today, the prejudice against scavengers — those of us who seek out the discarded, the unwanted, the superfluous, the abandoned, the lost — has been scathing and nonstop. This blog celebrates scavenging, bringing us all together and seizing some long-overdue respect for a lifestyle that builds some of the best human qualities: patience, curiosity, spontaneity, creativity, spirituality and earth-consciousness.
With news, tips, and other essentials for the modern scavenging lifestyle, this blog is a hub for all those whose pulses race when they see the word “FREE,” whose eyes scan every landscape for lost and forgotten treasures.