Bainbridge Island’s Rotary Club puts on a rummage sale and auction each year that’s so big it can be seen from Google Earth’s satellites. They raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in a matter of days, all to the credit of local volunteers and dedicated rotarians. What’s their secret? Our stuff. Our unwanted mountains of household items we don’t need anymore but still have a long life in them for others to use. Thousands of home, kitchen, and garden things are dropped off each day for 5 days, and all are placed into various departments of the sale: housewares, arts & crafts, sporting goods, children’s books, lawn mowers. It’s a shabby chic department store for a day, with prices you can’t beat anywhere in the northwest.
This is a film about a family that volunteered to do dumpster duty. It’s narrated by a 5-year-old girl and told from her perspective as she attempted to divert as many recyclable and reusable items she could from a 40-yard container that was destined for the landfill.