Some people make a living by turning trash into treasure.
It's a familiar scene at college graduations.
Parents proudly hold up their smartphones, eager to capture photos of their capped-and-gowned progeny. It's called "commencement" -- a day of hopes and dreams, of imagining who and what their sons and daughters will one day become.
It's a pretty fair bet none of those parents ever pictured their kids as trash-pickers.
But hold on a second. What if their trash-picking offspring could pull in a quarter of a million dollars a year?
The dumpster redeemer
This is what Matt Malone, an Austin, Texas, security consultant, estimates he could make in a year if he gave up his day job and pursued his weekend hobby full-time -- a cool quarter million.
Every weekend, Malone leaves corporate life behind, climbs into his Chevy Avalanche and goes dumpster-diving.
Yes, dumpster-diving. But not just any old dumpsters. Malone has learned to be discriminating. He targets dumpsters behind retail chain-stores. Much of what he finds there are store returns: items...
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