Graduate student chic--The final resting place

In Denver, we have these folks who troll the alleys looking for stuff to recycle. Metal goods are snapped up in a flash. Usable furnishings. And Mitch has been known to dumpster dive for lawn implements with small engines.

It’s a win-win for everybody. The stuff stays clear of the landfill. The scavengers get the dough. And the originator cleans house.

Then there are the mattresses. Used mattress are regular denizens of our alley, standing sentry for weeks until Large Item Pick-up makes its monthly trundling pass. Now it’s our mattress lurking in the alley.

I bought this mattress set when I was a graduate student and my loaner bed was recalled by its rightful owner. After some research, I discovered that one could acquire a refurbished hotel bed for significantly less money than buying one new and being very thrifty thought this was a fine course of action. Equipped with a $10 bedframe I bought at a garage sale, I prepared to accept my $125 bed. The story becomes more complicated, given that most hotel beds are extra long and don’t fit standard frames. This required a trip to Denver’s industrial district, where a tall bearded man with tattoos and arms the size of ham shanks welded my vintage bed frame to fit my discount mattress. Soon all was well and I had my clean, extra firm double—a bed so hard and unyielding even the cats hated it.

Now, it stands in the alley, a little worse for the wear having done its job torturing us into knotted masses for almost 20 years. It seems so tawdry to leave it there, alone and exposed. Surely this recycled bed can be recycled again?

Your thoughts?

Comments (4) -

August 21. 2007 07:25

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Aren't there places that recycle the springs? Sounds like yours have help up pretty well.  I wouldn't even know where to start to find one though...

Christie |

August 21. 2007 15:28

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I just bought a new mattress, and paid to have the old one taken away.  I'd prefer that it was recycled, but frankly, I was glad to see the back of it.  Being pregnant, my comfort was my main consideration, and the new mattress is divine.  It's hard to care about my old friend in the circumstances ;)

Lara |

August 22. 2007 07:06

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Freecycle- there are several active groups around Denver, and things usually go very very quickly...

Samantha |

August 23. 2007 08:22

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Two words.  Dust Mites.  The average mattress, after five years of use, gains ten pounds.  These ten pounds come from dust mite offings and dead dust mites.  

5elementknitr |

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