My sister lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, which is the home of Bowling Green State University. Every year, as the students are about to move out, they hold a "Big Junk Week" where residents load the curbs with unwanted "stuff" and turn the entire town into a week long free yard sale.
In past years, my sister scored replacement bathtubs and toilets for her early 20th century home. I've gotten functional music keyboards (some MIDI, some not). Last year, she brought me a first generation PS2, which required a laser adjustment.
This year's haul has been a fruitful one so far :
- Another 1st gen PS2 - disc detection on the PS2 uses the laser. If it gets dirty, no disc is detected. Fixed with a cotton ball and some alcohol
- PS2 Guitar Hero Guitar - Had a broken whammy bar. Fixed with 2 rubber bands.
- Wacom Tablet - not officially "big junk"...from my brother in law. Appears to work
- Micro USB cable - Generally not such a big deal, but we needed one at work to test a new SMS system, and no one else had one
It has also come with stuff that should have stayed "thrown away"
- A Sharper Image roll up piano - What a piece of junk. Totally unplayable.
I'm planning on making to trip to Bowling Green next year. Big fun.