There is an old saying, "one man’s trash is another man’s treasure." This is the principle behind the popularity of flea markets and other sellers of used goods. I never cease to be amazed by the items some people send to the dump as trash. Browsing dump sites can be like striking gold on the right day. I have seen everything from perfectly good light fixtures, to items that simply needed rewiring, to tools, to well-constructed furniture in dump sites. Finding a gem at a dump is just a matter of perseverance, a willingness to dig around in the trash, and patience. Sometimes just driving by a dump will give you a sense of what is there at the time. Most people don’t put large items or furniture into dumpsters. Other items may require a bit of digging around. You can find a number of items that can be cleaned up, refinished, reconditioned, etc. So put on some old clothes, borrow a pickup truck, and check out the dump. You just might find a diamond in the rough.

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