Dumpster Diving Duo

IMG_0562IMG_0560Did you ever consider a shoe box to be valuable? I didn’t. That is until yesterday when I crushed about 10 shoe boxes to make more room in our large box truck. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say when Caroline, organizer of the Shoes and Champagne Gala heard the boxes were crushed, she let out a scream and raced over to us. The boxes were “special” because they held expensive designer shoes from around the world. The shoes were safe and sound, but needed to be in their original boxes to satisfy Canadian Customs regulations. What happened next was like something from an episode of “Friends”. I tracked down the person in charge of garbage collection for the Tulip festival to find out where his crew threw the trash bags. “Far left garbage dumpster at Lansdowne Park” he said. Caroline and I drove to the park. Obviously she is an amateur when it comes to dumpster diving. She was ready to pay the $5.00 parking fee to get into the park.  explained we just wanted to come in and go through the trash, so there was no need for us to pay. He let us in. We found the four dumpsters and jumped in, ready to go through hundreds of black trash bags. Luck was on our side, and we quickly found the bag with crushed shoe boxes and triumphantly drove away. I’ll never look at a shoe box in the same way!

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