We're talking about pillaging. Well, more like taking a load off of someones hands.
In Korea, when someone moves, passes away, or wants to clean and clear their apartment they often set their unwanted furniture and goods on the side of the street. It's not uncommon to see a bookcase, drying rack, bed frame, or even a toilet laid out on the pavement. We know plenty of people who've found their sofas or coffee tables waiting for them on the side of the road.
Our Korean co-workers told us that some people believe that the possessions of a deceased person are cursed and are therefore unwanted. They've also said that while there are places set up where one can discard unwanted furniture, many people are too lazy and just set them out on the street instead. It's a free for all, first come first serve kind of thing. It's like a garage sale, but better since everything is free.
It just so happened that our good friend and neighbor Owen Wilson (yes, that's his real name) left Korea last night in search of greener pastures (cough cough Thailand). While the boy and I have everything we need, we decided that it would be an ample opportunity to teach our replacements, Christie and Brad the art of Korean pillaging.
Did they find it enjoyable? Take a peek for yourself.
Chrisie and Brad made out like bandits. And yes. Owen Wilson even left a plastic bag full of Korean change. Cha-ching! In the end, the boy and I walked away with a few National Geographics (which I lurve), a set of speakers, and a small backpack. Christie and Brad found a new bookcase, some books, dvds, a traditional hat, some bed padding, and a few other knickknacks.
Not too bad for their first pilfering experience.