Saturday, July 14, 2012

Inventory #5

Inventory #5
Saturday, July 14, 2012
6:30 pm about 95˚

This was the first time I set up the "Ask me about Give Take Give" table next to the dumpster. In the hour or so I was there, about fifteen people stopped by and many had stories about particularly meaningful things they had found.

Jean Ann Pike, current manager of the Social Service League, said that years ago, before she worked at the League, she found a framed quotation that read "I believe God can teach me how to swim without floaties." It's been prominently displayed in her house ever since, she said.
In the dumpster
one fresh cantaloupe in good condition
many many small plastic toy figurines
two Barbies without heads
two Barbie hair do's
one frying pan
one stuffed cat pillow
two suitcases
assorted clothes
one pair of beaded moccasins
pine bough snowflake decorations
old 'Nation' magazines

"Serenity" art work by Michelle Beechower 2008
giant Nerf gun
trimmed tree branches
kids mini boogie board
fake plum
large baby doll leg
baby doll
Elmo toy
random playing cards
faux leopard fur patterned box

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Inventory #4

Inventory #4
Sunday, July 8, 2012
3:00 pm about 90˚

In the dumpster
small black plastic dragon
Where's Waldo puzzle
Harry Potter board game
Blues Clues board game
Monopoly board
rollerblade shin and elbow guards
2008 GPRC FFB Champ Football trophy
Dolly Parton's 2007 Dixie Stampede Collector Series plastic cowboy boot cup
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego board game
clothes hangers
oval picture frame
decorative dove ornament
baby doll
undetermined garbage
battery operated toy Sandtire jeep
snowflake/candycane xmas platter

Near the dumpster on the ground
two large cork bulletin boards
box of assorted computer hardware / software / cell phones
Nerf hoop
coffee mugs from KCUR, Beloit Farmers Co-op, Scott Specialty Glass, World's Greatest Golfer,  Cutler Hammer Directrol-2, heart design
pillow with plaid cover
small fan
hiking boots size 10
Cloudforce remote controlled helicopter from Brookstone

Monday, July 2, 2012

Inventory #3

This inventory took place two days after the Lawrence City Commission approved developer's proposal to build a Marriott hotel right across the alley from the dumpster. The potential of the hotel being built was one of the reasons I began Give Take Give. My concern was and is that initial construction and long term imposition of the building will dramatically change the use of the alley adjacent to the dumpster by impeding easy access to the exchange and permanently damaging the social environment that has developed there. 

Inventory #3
Thursday, June 28, 2012
8:45 pm clear and about 95˚

More than fifty complete sewing patterns form McCalls, Easy Sew, and Simplicity for everything from children's clothes to more adult formal wear.
Two boxes of slightly dented but unopened cans of vegetables, fruits, and soup
Pair of gray women's jeans size 9
Two pairs of men's dress shoes
Red wire basket with heart decoration
Bunny candle
Wine glass
Small flower vase
"Bless Thee" turkey table decoraton
Eight foot long Happy Birthday banner drawn (probably by kids) with markers 
KCUR glass beer/coffee mug
Paperback books including:
"The Boys From Brazil" by Ira Levin
"The Tin Can Tree" by Anne Tyler
"The Mammoth Hunters" and "The Clan of the Cave" by Jean M. Auel
"You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe
 "O" and "Field and Stream" magazines