Friday, March 27, 2009
We went to TJ's two days ago (yes, into the actual store) and they were selling these sorry looking bunches of daffodils for $1.29. I bought one, and said to Tristan, "I bet these will all be in the dumpster tomorrow). Sure enough, we found them there last night, along with 6 orchid plants, a bunch of naan, strawberries, and vegetable broth. They're starting to open this morning.
We scored literally hundreds of flowers, and we even gave most of them to a fellow dumpster diver who was there looking for flowers to sell at the local bars.
This brings us to a good dumpster diving lesson: sometimes it pays to shop INSIDE the store as well. You can keep an eye out for things that look like they'll be in the dumpster after hours. More than once, I've gone into the store to find the frozen food section empty due to a freezer malfunction. Then in the evening, all you have to do is go scoop up your slightly thawed treats, for free.