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Sometimes you just know.

You know those stories of love at first sight? Those happen. Other times, people go out on a few dates with someone and realize at some point that they're going to spend the rest of their lives with that person.

Romantic, right? Many of us wish we could be so lucky!

After Redditor PNWNative1992 asked the online community, "What was your 'I'm gonna marry this girl/guy' moment?" people shared some of their stories and we have to admit that our cold, dead hearts can barely stand it! It's so beautiful!

"I slipped..."

I was in a terrible accident at work. I slipped while carrying hot fryer oil. I burned both of my legs and my foot pretty severely when the oil had filled my boot. I was taken to the hospital.

Cell phones were a new thing and both me and my girlfriend, that I had just moved in with, had one. My phone had gotten destroyed so I didn't have her number, the only number I could remember was my mom's. They called my mom and I told her she needed to go tell my girlfriend what had happened.

The resulting burns required skin grafts and a lengthy hospital stay. My girlfriend came and sat by my bedside every night after work. She advocated for me when I was looped out of my mind on painkillers. She was next to me when I rehabilitated and struggled to walk again.

She has always been very squeamish about blood and injuries. She freaked out when I would show her cuts and other injuries I would get while working.

After three weeks in the hospital, with bandage changes daily, I was told that I could go home but only if I could change my own bandages. It was hard to bend and I knew that I wouldn't be able to. My girlfriend grabbed some latex gloves, put them on and told the nurse to show her what to do.

I remember thinking right then and there that this was the person I wanted in my corner for the rest of my life.


"I was having the worst day ever..."

When my girlfriend came to my room (we live on campus, she came to my dorm room) and just gave me a hug.

I was having the worst day ever, had finals coming up, problems with friends, got fired from my job on campus, but I didn't tell her any of it.

She just showed up, gave me a long, comfy hug, kissed my forehead and told me she loved me. Any anxiety over finals or sadness from previous things I mentioned melted away. Immediately.


"I had that moment..."

I had that moment when she went to pour us some coffee, and put back the mug she had chosen for me and took out my favourite mug instead.

Something so small, but she paid attention to the mug I always used and then chose to bring that one to me I felt all the love I had already been feeling inside. We are married 3 years now.


"The first time I went to the movies..."

When I was a teenager, I worked at a movie theater concession stand. On breaks, we were allowed to have some free popcorn. After a while, plain ol' popcorn can get pretty boring, so I started dipping it in nacho cheese. It's absolutely delicious. Even as an adult, I would always purchase a side of nacho cheese for my popcorn anytime I went to the movies.

The first time I went to the movies with my wife, she ordered a side of nacho cheese for our popcorn. I'd never met another person in my life that did that. I knew right then that she was special.

Three years later, we served popcorn with nacho cheese during the cocktail hour at our wedding.

And yes, I know that mine is pretty cheesy.


"He never sings..."

I was sick laying in a hotel bed with barely any energy and he turns on American jazz music. He begins singing and dancing around the room to help bring me joy.

He never sings and he hates dancing. His first language isn't English, he didn't grow up in the U.S., nor does he live there, we're both relatively young late 20s/early 30s. We also live, separately, on two different continents.

I immediately pictured him doing this in our future house while ironing on the weekend preparing for the work week and thought to myself, this could be fun.


"I always had trouble..."

This is going to sound super cliché but here goes.

I always had trouble finding girls who would like to date me. Had quite a few girls who were friends but none wanted to take it that step further. I was very shy and awkward around girls. Well I dated a bit but nothing too long term. My longest relationship was 3 weeks... Sad I know... I was also super cynical and was getting to the opinion that love didn't exist and I'd never find anyone who would even look at me twice.

Well one of my girlfriend's knew a girl who was recently single. She was my age and lived about 45 minutes away from me. She sent me her number and said "go for it."

The first time I called her I was pacing around outside a friend's house in a cold sweat. When she answered the phone, I completely fluffed my carefully rehearsed lines and actually asked her if I could start again. She said OK and I took a deep breath and started again.

We met up at a little coffee shop in a mall near her house at about 5pm. By 11:30 we had to say goodbye because we had been talking while they were packing the tables and chairs away.

Walking to my car after saying goodbye was the moment I knew, I HAD to marry this girl!

We celebrate our 7th anniversary early next year and have two boys who are the absolute light of our lives.


"Her saying that..."

We were lying in bed together and by that point in our relationship it was already pretty obvious that we were going to be getting married eventually. We were together for six years and I had been away for almost 18 months in Iraq with the US Army. Eventually we talked about marriage and I told her that if we got married I probably wouldn't be able to afford a fancy wedding or anything. She turned on her elbow and looked at me and laughed and said, and I quote, "A big wedding is an American girls dream. I'm a small town Russian girl. We get married in a courthouse."

Her saying that eliminated ay tiny lingering doubt I had in my mind. We ended up getting married in our city's courthouse a month later. Her mom and the judge's secretary were witnesses. Later that afternoon we took her mom and my dad out for lunch at my wife's favorite restaurant. We've been married for about 14 years now. And while we struggled financially a little bit because of schooling and having a baby before I was able to find post-military/post-college permanent work (I worked a lot of contract jobs after graduating college) we eventually got to a point where the only thing we owe anything on is the house. No student loans, no car payments, no credit card debts....nothing that can't be paid off with one of our paychecks. Small town Russian girls are no joke when it comes to figuring out finances.


"I'm a lucky guy."

I saw her at a party, didn't know anything about her. Saw a cute girl in a long colorful skirt with curly hair swaying as she walked towards her car. There were a hundred people there but I didn't notice any of them.

I got her number from a friend who worked with her. I'm pretty socially awkward, don't like talking on the phone and a little deaf. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and called her. My friend had told her about me. She knew of me but only what our friend had told her, which wasn't very flattering.

We talked for 6 hours on the phone, she hinted at meeting up, I was oblivious. She had to come right out and say let's meet up. We met at a gas station near by and talked the rest of the night away.

We've been together 22.5 years, have 3 kids and I have a career I'd never have pursued without her. I knew she was special from the minute I laid eyes on her. She is the smartest, prettiest, most hard working woman I've ever met and with all my flaws she still loves me. I'm a lucky guy.


"I volunteer at a railroad museum..."

I volunteer at a railroad museum as an engineer. I brought my girlfriend along for a ride and let her take the throttle for a few minutes.

When you come to a railroad crossing, there's a proscribed whistle signal (long-long-short-long) you're supposed to blow. Without my prompting she grabbed the cord and signalled.

Without thinking I blurted out "I love you."


"My husband and I got together..."

My husband and I got together when we was 16. When we first started dating he asked me to come to his room since we was teenagers I thought he wanted to do something sexual but instead he showed me the game trailers to skyrim and from that moment on I knew I wanted to spend my life with him.


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What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

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Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

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"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

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The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!