Home » latest » I met my husband in a bin – now we’re having a baby
i met my husband in a bin now were having a baby
Categorieslatest

I met my husband in a bin – now we’re having a baby

A couple who met dumpster diving are now married and expecting their first baby – and love digging out anniversary gifts and baby essentials out of bins. Erin Sheffield, 39, and her husband, Dave, 35, met in a dumpster in 2009 whilst they were both at university. Erin had just moved to Buffalo, New York, USA, to work at a bike shop where Dave was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Buffalo. One evening Dave was out in a dumpster and Erin popped over the top to ask what he was doing. The pair hit it off and bonded over their love of dumpster diving – scouring rubbish for items of value – and would go on dates together searching bins. They got engaged in July 2020 and tied the knot in Letchworth State Park, New York, in June 2021. They are now expecting their first child together – a girl due in April. Dave and Erin still go dumpster diving two to three times a week and often grab gifts from the bin – including flowers for their anniversary or a baby swing for their unborn child. The couple also sell items they find on Facebook Marketplace or eBay – and say they’ve earned $60k (£47,000) since 2020. Erin, a charity coordinator, from Buffalo, said: “I started dumpster diving back in college. Dave was pretty similar. I had just moved to Buffalo and I independently went dumpster diving. “I went diving at the University of Buffalo where Dave was studying. We met in a dumpster. I saw him, popped my head over and asked what he was doing. “He jumped out we cleaned up and spent the day dumpster diving. We exchanged numbers and kept hanging out and have been diving as a couple since. When it came to dating I would need to find the right time to break it to them gently that I am a dumpster diver.” Months later the couple’s friendship blossomed into a relationship and they would go hunting for goodies together. Dave, a business owner, said: “When we started diving together it was pretty sporadic. Usually at the end of the semester when the students move out. “One of the things we found a lot of was textbooks, after the year was over students would just throw them out. We found calculators, laundry detergent and office supplies and usually sell them on.” Erin and Dave said dumpster diving really picked up for them during the pandemic, as they had more free time. They would find scrap metal, furniture, and everyday items – selling them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. On average, Dave said they make $20k (£16,000) a year selling items they have found in the bin. He said: “I think of things in three categories, you have the scrap metal that I can sell. Things that I can find and sell on eBay or Facebook and then stuff we can either donate or keep. I would say we have made $20k a year by reselling.” The couple married in 2021 and the pair will often dumpster dive for anniversary gifts for each other. Dave said: “I found roses in a dumpster for our anniversary – they were perfect they weren’t even old. I find a lot – especially in the months running up to Christmas. “If I find something that I know Erin will like I will grab it. I have got her coffee mugs, candle holders, candles and flower pots as she is a keen gardener.” The couple are now expecting their first baby together and say they have found some essentials for the baby while dumpster diving. Erin said: “There was a baby store that went out of business and we found some great stuff there. We found baby swings and a baby seat, I also found some unopened bottles at the Salvation Army that I have kept.” Due to the success of their finds, Dave is starting a business called Lost Goods where he will sell on dumpster-dived goods. The pair go out two to three times a week but admit it is hard for Erin to get in and out of the dumpster nowadays. Dave said: “In the business, we will be using a lot of the materials that we find to upcycle furniture and stuff like that. We try and go out two to three times a week depending on the week and it is a little tricky for Erin at the moment.”

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
Verified by MonsterInsights