I read a lot of blogs, but perhaps the quirkiest ones are written by folks who pick through garbage for a living…like Martin in Quebec. He has a talent and persistence that has led him to find amazing things in other peoples’ garbage. And I mean seriously amazing–14k gold jewelry, WWII memorabilia, money, and my favorite, antique mother-of-pearl opera glasses. He sells these online and at yard sales.
And Martin’s finds are not an aberration. New York City garbage collectors find amazing things in the trash all the time. They aren’t allowed to keep anything so one worker has gathered them all into one huge room and has curated it into a museum of sorts (not open to the public yet) and it looks amazing. (Well done Nelson!)
But could I pick through someone’s garbage? Will I join others in this adventure?
I think it takes a whole lot of chutzpah. More than I have anyway! (Though I don’t hesitate to slow down for stuff by the side of the road that has a “free” sign!)
But truth be told my favorite picking environment is still a thrift store (with yard sales and estate sales a close second). Lots of stuff to look through and you go at your own pace. And I have found some great stuff…and sold some great stuff with a nice profit. The only problem is that thrift store prices are climbing. The other day I got excited over an English ceramic pitcher with atomic starburst style decoration. So mid-century cool. Turned it over to find it priced at $24.99. Sheesh! But I’ll keep looking for the time being. Hoping to find that undervalued item…like the $17.99 vintage steak knives I sold for $250. My best thrift store sale to date 🙂
How about you? What’s your favorite picking venue?? Ever picked through garbage? Find anything good?