Look up “hunter-gatherer” and you
Samaritans fromSt-Isidore who help others
by donating items they discover while
sorting through debris at garbage dumps.
However, we also know that there are
Nice story, but it did not sway Alfred-
many hunters and gatherers in today’s
Plantagenet council. When the couple
sought permission to scour the Curran
Needproof? Ofcoursenot. Theevidence
landfill for reusable items, the municipality
is right there in front of us at the garage sale.
scrapped the idea. Municipal regulations
Yard sale transactions reveal much
The contractor who manages the landfill
Hunters and gatherers
For example, do you take garage sales
sorts recyclable materials which are sold to
seriously? Do you spend every summer
a recycler who pays themunicipality for the
minute getting more stuff you will never
They seek trophies at bazaars, auctions, flea
American version. The pursuit of antiques,
use? Are you are a dragger or a dragee? Do
markets, antique shops, rummage,
collectibles and “classics” is entertaining,
The St-Isidore gleaners have come across
you spring out of bed before dawn every
liquidation, clearance, bankruptcy sales.
as is the various renditions of Antiques
doors, a bedroomset, pet food and clothing.
Saturday morning, loaded with loonies?
Some pick up leads by regularly reading
Some of these items have been turned over
Or are you one of those who allow
Yet, scavengers do not get the same
to people in need or charities.
themselves to be dragged to sales because
Anyway, as long as consenting adults
respect as bargain seekers.
But the municipality will not waive its
you want to watch hockey on TV all year
are involved and no laws are broken,
For one thing, scavengers do not pay
no-salvage rule and is shooing anybody
long? Do you believe that line to the effect
gathering previously-enjoyed objects is a
anything for the objects they obtain, and for
else who might be tempted to dump dive.
that in some cultures it is an insult if you do
fine, time-honoured pursuit. But you cannot
another thing, in most cases, these
Yes, the days of unfettered access to a
not haggle before reaching a deal? If you
let this take over your life, and you cannot
scroungers are breaking the law.
pile of garbage are long gone.
have never heard that line, you have never
become a scavenger.
From time to time we report on the
Garage sales, bargains and junk may not
been around a serious garage sale attendee.
As we recently reported, for too many
ongoing campaign against blue box
be the most burning issues of the day. But
Veteran garage sale buyers know that
people in the Far East, the reality TV show
scavengers, illicit pickers who pilfer
once in a while, isn’t it fun to talk trash? COMMUNITY
the art of acquisition is complex and
“Hoarders” reflects their reality. We also
valuables from recyclable material
noted that the approach to dealing with
containers before they reach the regional
The wily weekend hunter stalks the
hoarders is softening. Hoarders, who must
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unsuspecting vendors, circles the prey
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not be confused with collectors, tend to
Curbside scavengers have been a pain
while at once feigning disinterest and
Old Jail Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
amass, and attach great value to, worthless
ever since the recyclable waste collection
stealthily appraising the value of the ware
p.m. June 19 to August 21. There is no
items, such as envelopes, cardboard boxes
service began in Hawkesbury, Champlain
or empty soup cans. Eventually, they can
and East Hawkesbury about three decades
in the neighbourhood, the hunter pounces,
Contact Monika Vogel (613-678-6603).
become a menace to themselves and others.
prepared to haggle.
In some cases, the clutter could become
Now, we could admire the blue box
The dance begins, buyer softly jousting
Mark your calendars. Saturday, June
lethal as itmay rapidly become a fire hazard.
raiders for their initiative. But scavengers
with seller until a mutually satisfying
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At one time, authorities would bring in a
seek out the most lucrative materials, such
conclusion is reached.
Principale, hosts a trunk sale, $5 car
dumpster and evict the hoarder. (Hoarders
as metals. By doing so, they deprive the
The beauty of this transaction is lost on
wash, bake sale and barbecue. To sell
tend to be tenants.) But now, in Prescott-
taxpayer-financed recyclables sorting
those who loathe negotiating and just want
your items, rent a space for $15. Reserve
Russell, the response has evolved. Agencies
program of potential revenues.
to get it over with. OK, it is much simpler to
with Sherrill MacDonald (819-242-
intervene with the understanding that
A Hawkesbury by-law stipulates that
immediately pay whatever the vendor
eviction is not always the best course of
nobody is allowed to pick over or remove
demands. Truth be told, most people who
action and that hoarders have mental health
blue box contents without the permission
Alexandria Flea Market
hold garage sales will accept almost any
The fourth annual Alexandria Flea
of the municipality. In effect, once the item
offer. The reason they hold a garage sale is
Market, Craft and Yard Sale will be held
Alas, the softer approach is not being
has been placed at the curb awaiting pick-
that they want to rid themselves of things
rain or shine Saturday, June 16
taken with those who scavenge.
up, only an authorized garbage or
they no longer want.
beginning at 9 a.m. For information call
Pickers are celebrated in shows such as
recyclable collector can touch it.
Serious hunters and gatherers do not
– you guessed it – “Pickers,” which is so
Landfill sites are also off-limits. We also
limit themselves to yard sales, of course.
good that it has both a Canadian and
recently related the story of Good
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