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discarded couches of portland

Only five minutes from Reed campus, this regal couch was up for grabs.
Couch 8-19-13

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discarded couches of portland

This grey lady was sitting near the intersection of SE Gladstone and 39th. Discarded couch 8-28-13

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discarded couches of portland

A Saturday morning find a few blocks east of NE 82nd. Is that real leather?Discarded couch 8-31-13

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discarded couches of portland

A newly discarded couch greeted me the day after I arrived home from SPX. Come and get it on NE 33rd street.
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discarded couches of portland

Couch 9-20-13This couch can currently be found on NE 72nd and Sacramento. It might be leather!

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discarded couches of portland

This cute little number is sitting right down the street from me, on Fremont. As Discarded Couch Season 2013 comes to a close, it’s nice to see the last few couches make their way to curbs. As the leaves change and fall and the winter rains begin, couches that have not been discarded this year get a reprieve thorough the fall and winter.

I’ll keep you posted if I see any more discarded couches, though that prospect is growing more remote as the days get shorter and colder.
Discarded couch 10-9-13

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discarded couches of portland

Just off SE 52nd Ave, I found this couch with a paper FREE sign resting on it. This late in the season it is especially auspicious to find discarded couches. The weather is still good enough for people to leave couches by the street.
Discarded couch 10-16-13

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discarded couches of portland

Found this discarded beauty near NE 52nd and Halsey. Good fall light, good free couch. Win-win.

Couch 10-22-13

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discarded couch Ragnarok

This morning I saw the end of the line for one discarded couch. I decided against filming this, not because it was NSFW, but because posting it here would essentially mean an end to discarded couch posts.

What I saw was this: a discarded couch being fed into the grinding wheels of a garbage truck. It was slowly being crushed to death. When I happened upon this grisly scene, the garbage man had got the couch halfway into the crushing mechanism. I could hear the sound of wood cracking, see the end of the couch jutting out from the back of the truck, shifting lazily like an old man in a jacuzzi. 

It was tragedy of the mundane.

There is no saving that discarded couch. But that doesn’t mean all discarded couches meet that same end. Part of what I’m doing here is trying to save other discarded couches from that awful fate. Just because they have been left on the side of the road doesn’t mean they will all get fed into the hungry jaws of an indifferent machine. 

So please, when I post discarded couches, don’t simply chuckle and move on with your life. Go to that couch. Load it onto your truck. Give it a new home. 

Break the cycle. Let us end couch murder. 


discarded couches of portland

There ain’t no discarded couch like a NE 82nd St discarded couch.
NE 82nd Street: the Colfax of Portland.discarded-couch-10-26-13