You may not always see the inherent value in something, but someone else might.
Reddit user, ChamikaIth40, wanted to know how you made something out of nothing when they asked:
What is the best example of "One man's trash is another man's treasure"?
The thing with "trash to treasure" is the first part of that statement. "Trash." Odds are the thing you just found is broken, maybe a little loved, but still in fairly decent condition. Spend a little time, a little sweat on it, and you have something that will make you happy for years.
Anyone Else's Still Work?
"Back in the day my dad was going to get rid of his original PS2 and I asked for it, and he said if I could get it to work I could have it. All I did was clean it out and ran without issues for years."
Just A Little Bit Of Love And New Wires
"Reminds me of my turntable. My dad wanted to throw it away and go full digital. I still enjoy it, playing vinyl records is strangely relaxing."
"Reminds me of when I thought mine was broken. Started researching new ones but I really didn't want to buy another one. Turns out it just needed to be taken apart slightly to have the ribbon adjusted and also to have the needle replaced. Much cheaper and good as new."
"Last winter I was going for a bike ride and I came across a dumpster at the local college filled with old electronic equipment and I rescued an analog oscilloscope, a frequency generator from the early 50s, two working monitors, various electronic components including a ton of vacuum tubes and resistor, a transformer, an analog volt meter and 10 large high voltage capacitors. There was also a bunch of old lab equipment but I didn't save any of it because it was beyond repair."
Your Own Personal Streaming Database
"Whenever I see old computers in the trash I pull the hard drive and add it to my giant JBOD array. I've got 11 disks hooked up between 750GB (that I needed an IDE to SATA adapter for) to 4TB from the trash, and a couple bigger ones but I bought those."
"For my library of TV shows and movies all in the highest res available."
That's A New Table, Right There
"Scrap metal. As a certified welder, I look at a scrap metal junkyard with the same eyes I assume Picasso looked at a canvas. I'm not an artistic welder btw either. I just see my company throw away a bunch of scrap metal. And I'm like "give me two of those old tire racks, and I'd make some coffee tables or work benches".
Whatever Gets You That "A"
"My engineering professor told us to visit junkyards and dumpster dive for parts to build a robot from for our final project (build a robot that does something useful in 20-60 seconds autonomously). So I guess I'm living the quote"
On the other side are these treasures, once considered trash, but now in a wanted home. You don't always have to fix something up to make it worthwhile. Sometimes the inherent worth was already there.
That's Ten To Twelve Dollars, Right There
"I used to haul scrap metal so...literally trash. Steel is 6-10 cents a pound, aluminum around 50 cents a pound, copper about 3 cents a pound, etc. So that broken washing machine on the curb will get you 8-$12. A few bucks more if you pullout the motor before scrapping. Old lawn furniture is often aluminum etc. Literally anything metal is easy to sell at a scrap yard. I would drive around nicer neighborhoods rhe night before trash day and fill up the back of my truck. Even better on bulk pickup days."
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If You Know The Value Of Green Gold, You'll Be All Set
"Not one but 2 people in the last month were throwing out perfectly good - gorgeous house plants"
- pair of regular peace lillies
- pair of elephant plants, potted fern, large mix variety of tropical plants $75 dollars at Lowe's
Neighborhood Bin, Clear For Everyone
"We literally found a miniature car collection on the neighbourhood recycling bin the other day. Half were to scale miniatures, half were toy cars. We gave the toys to someone with kids and kept the miniatures. BTW they were found inside of a bag, clean and disinfected."
We'll Be Crash Test Dummies Big!
"My neighbor had these soft plastic faces she used for Halloween decor for decades. Came over one day and said she was throwing stuff out and asked if I wanted them. I ended up with 11 of these things, and they sat in my garage for years."
"Turns out, they were the faces for vintage crash test dummies, and worth quite a lot since they rarely made it out of the testing facilities."
Eat It, Walt Kiesling!
"The Steelers released him during his rookie training camp. Four years later, with the Colts, he had won back-to-back league championships, was selected the league's MVP, and became the blueprint for all future NFL quarterbacks. After retirement, he made the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility."
Make Money Off What You Love
"I make fire pits out of old granite countertops. The granite store literally gives it to us for free because they don't have to pay to have scrap granite removed and I turn around and sell the fire pit for over $300 from material I don't pay for."
When You Know What Something Is Worth
"Went to the local dump to dispose of some construction trash when I saw a drill press in the dumpster - floor standing cast iron Craftsman model from the 1960's."
"Took it home, stripped it down, replaced some parts, removed rust, new paint, and a rebuilt motor and it works flawlessly."
"A separate trip to the auto junk yard netted me almost a dozen cabinets for the garage - the local electric company had junked their old work vans, so I spent a day pulling cabinets and parts trays. Even found a set of keys so they all lock too. $20 ea cabinet, which probably cost several hundred dollars each new."
Furry Little Treasures
"The fair few cats and dogs we have rescued. Each and every one of them brought immeasurable joy"
Right Place, Right Time
"You wouldn't believe what the rich people in those Manhattan luxury residential skyscrapers just throw out. I worked as a concierge/porter/doorman for a while, and here's some of what I got:"
-They threw out a nice set of hard drives, unused, because the faceplate was cracked. Disks are still running 6y later without issue.
-Various old LCD TVs or computer monitors whenever they get a new or bigger one.
-Kitchen appliances, really nice microwaves, cookers, etc... I don't have a clue why they were trashed.
-They seem to buy new luggage for every trip. So high end luggage without a scuff on it was always around.
-A very nice Dell 48U server rack with UPS and 1U server (those giant cabinets you see in datacenters, the rack alone I sold for $600 used).
-A commercial large format printer, worked fine. Also regular desktop printers of all sorts.
-Various older computers/laptops when they upgrade.
-All sorts of furniture other guys made good money selling.
"It's f-cking unbelievable. Imagine having so much money it's not even worth it to sell stuff like that so you just toss it in the trash. But we certainly appreciated it, only made $15/hr (6-7y ago before that was nyc min)."
Keep an eye on the neighborhood recycling bins, is the lesson best learned from all this.
And yard sales. Always stop for yard sales.
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The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
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Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
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Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
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"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
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"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.