Who wouldn’t love to discover hidden treasure? Wouldn’t it
be great to stumble across a priceless painting at a garage sale or find a rare
historical document in your attic?
Personally, I dream of appearing on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow
with my grandfather’s coin collection and hearing the expert say: “Mr. Fausch,
this is a stunning collection, filled with the rarest pennies ever assembled.
It’s easily worth $5 million.”
OK, the truth is I know I’d be lucky to get $50 for the
collection. As a result, I’ve avoided having the collection appraised in order
to keep my dream alive.
So where should you look for hidden treasure? If you work in
construction, start by looking in your scrap heap, warehouse, storage shed or
A recent article by the Associated Press said recycling is
booming as businesses turn unused metal into money. Apparently, lots of people,
from farmers to construction pros, are turning their junk into gas money and
Recycling centers are brimming with electrical wire, copper
pipe, aluminum cans, farm implements, appliances, auto parts and more. Forgotten metal products that used to collect
rust now generate valuable extra income.
If you are in construction, maybe it’s time for you to start
getting paid for your hidden treasure and stop paying for someone to haul it
away. You might even tidy up your shop or storage shed in the process.
Have you identified some “hidden treasure” and scored some
cash by recycling it? If so, share your story by posting to this blog or e-mail