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Recycling At Its Finest

I don’t know much about dumpster diving but it sounds like recycling at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hippie or anything, and as far as used food goes I draw the line. But when walking the dogs on trash pick-up days, occasionally something will catch my eye. What’s in that open box? And take a peek. Or, when I pass a piece of furniture I wonder what the history is behind it. It’s sad to see these things going to a landfill and hopefully someone will pick it up and value it in a new home.

Even if the landfills aren’t on your radar, I bet the green in your wallet is.

In a pile of books being cleaned out of an apartment building, a man found an autographed script of John Ford’s 1935 academy award winning movie “The Informer” which was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow at $4,000 to $5,000.

Or, how about the woman that found a precious 1885 Zuni pot on the side of the road. Even kinda beat up it’s valued at $15,000 to $25,000.

It gets better. A carpenter saw that Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion was destined for demolition and smartly salvaged some precious relics. Value? $80,000 to $100,000.

Now, will you see my legs hanging out of a dumpster any time soon? Probably not. But during my evening walks you bet I’ll be keeping an eye out for the original 1959 Barbie. I hear she was recently auctioned off at $27,450.

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