NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – You’ve heard that previous saying, “one man’s trash is one other man’s treasure.” A North Texas lady is taking that to the following degree.
“The costliest factor that I discovered was at World Market,” Tiffany Butler informed CBS 11. “A $3,000 armoire.”
The mother of 4 is named The Dumpster Diving Mama on social media. She makes movies of her hauls throughout the realm and shares them along with her 2.2 million TikTok followers, in addition to viewers on Instagram and YouTube. She reveals the “do’s and don’ts.”
“You possibly can’t go if there’s a personal property signal, you’ll be able to’t go if there’s a no trespassing signal and if it’s locked,” she stated.
Dumpster diving is usually dangerous, and legally there are numerous grey areas. On the nationwide and state degree the act itself isn’t unlawful, however legal guidelines differ between cities and counties. Trespassing can also be an issue. Many dumpsters are behind shops in buying facilities, and that may be thought of personal property whether or not there’s a join or not. For Butler, it’s a profitable enterprise. It’s now her full-time job.
“I simply began doing it, then having storage gross sales,” Butler stated. “Then after I bought on TikTok, I constructed my web site.”
Butler has a whole storage unit devoted to objects she finds from diving and from hitting warehouse gross sales. All of it needs to be sorted out to go up on the market on her web site, at a deep low cost over retail costs. Her finds embrace unused make-up, pet merchandise, furnishings and even child provides. Whereas she cashes in about $1,000 every week from her finds, she stated it’s not all about earning profits. It’s additionally about elevating consciousness with regards to waste. She’s discovered all the pieces from dumpsters stuffed with frozen meals to excessive finish purses.
Again in August, Butler discovered a dumpster stuffed with Coach baggage. All of them had been slashed. She offered them to a fellow diver and activist out of New York Metropolis who made a video that went viral. Coach even responded saying they’re ceasing the apply, and can implement options to responsibly repurpose, recycle and reuse extra or broken merchandise.
For Butler, a typical night time out diving can take wherever from eight to 9 hours.
“I all the time get the remark ‘nicely you bought it at no cost!’” Butler stated. “My fuel just isn’t free, my truck was not free, my insurance coverage we not free, my time just isn’t free. If you’d like it at no cost, go do it your self.”