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23Feb/114

Tuesday night scavenging in Amsterdam

I go to school on Tuesdays and come home late at night. On one of these Tuesdays I noticed a white van in our street and two people on the curb, checking out some stuff that was left there. Maybe I should clarify: Wednesday is garbage day in our neighbourhood. Not just regular garbage, but furniture and big stuff gets hauled off by the city workers.

So on Tuesday nights people leave their old furniture, tables, chairs, laundry racks, refrigerators, tvs, sofas, etc on the stoep. And other people rummage through the things that are there, to see if there's anything good they'd like to haul back home. Tuesday nights in Amsterdam are like a big garage sale. And some perfectly good things are left at times!

It's one of the things I love about living in Amsterdam. Truth be told, if I had a bigger house, I'd have a wide range of different chairs by now, the cutest set of drawers, etc. But as we don't have any room, all I've salvaged so far is one simple wooden chair.

But I'd never heard of people driving around town in vans, purposefully looking for things to take away! I know I shouldn't be surprised, not everyone is as haphazard about these things as I am. I take it as I go. If I'm lucky, I will run into something, if not, then I guess it was not meant to be. I only just now realise that there are people who go about Tuesday nights on the stoep in a very businesslike manner. I understand it, but it's just so... unromantic!

Tuesday night scavengers with white van in Amsterdam (red circle is where the scavengers are, white circle is around the refridgerator in question)