Street Scavenging

Street Scavenging

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The pandemic has spawned an enormous wave of items tossed out on New York City’s streets. A smattering of those items include everything from vintage furniture to a Korean wedding chest and even a Tiffany bracelet. People are claiming these discarded items for free.

What do you think about this flourishing freebie market? Have you or your family ever discovered treasure buried in curbside trash? What is the best, most cherished or most useful thing you’ve ever gotten for free and why is it so meaningful?

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