One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and for these friends, someone’s trash is indeed their primary source of income. Turning trash into sellable goods, this US woman makes dollars without getting into the grind of a corporate job.
Veronica Taylor, a 32-year-old resident of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, has transformed the practice of dumpster diving into a profitable business venture.
By embarking on her expeditions, Taylor has uncovered many authentic designer items that are recklessly thrown away, allowing her to procure a consistent inventory of high-quality goods for resale.
In collaboration with her friend Liz Wilson, 38, Taylor has successfully marketed these salvaged goods on the WhatNot auction app and through live-streamed auctions.
Veronica leverages her resourcefulness and ingenuity and has successfully created a profitable business opportunity while reducing waste in her community.
“It’s really like a real-life treasure hunt,” Veronica Taylor told the news agency SWNS. “It’s fantastic.”
Taylor and her friend Liz Wilson began dumpster diving in June 2022, initially treating it as “just a hobby” because they found it enjoyable.
However, by February 2023, the activity had become a full-time occupation for Taylor.
She claimed to have made a full-time income from dumpster diving and splitting sales with Wilson.
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Among Taylor’s finds were designer shoes and a Louis Vuitton wallet, which she donated to charity, along with most of the food and hygiene products she discovered.
“We find Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors,” said Taylor.
“That’s in thrift stores. We thought, ‘There’s no way this was in the dumpster.'”
Veronica added that she and Liz split everything 50/50. She added that throughout the year, they have also managed to make a reliable customer base as people continue returning to them.
Taylor believes that older people working in stores who do not know much about designer brands are why items are sometimes thrown away.
During live-streamed auctions, customers bid on items as they are discovered, and Taylor says the money made is “100% profit.” She added, “We pretty much take any offer.”
Taylor and Wilson travel from city to city, exploring dumpsters in rich-people neighborhoods and thrift shops.
“It really is like being on vacation all the time,” Taylor said.
Dumpster diving gives you so much freedom, according to Taylor, who enjoys spending time with her best friend and making a living from finding things.
The women claim to have made between $4,000 to $5,000 a month from their work, making it more profitable than a traditional job. Taylor says auctions are particularly enticing because every item starts at a dollar.
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