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Mum-of-four earns £60,000 reselling items she finds in the bin, from make-up to dog food

Resourceful Tiffany Butler has found everything from robotic vacuum cleaners, make-up, food, furniture and even an antique clothes hanger valued at £2,283 ($3,000) after rummaging through local bins.

Tiffany Butler sorting out trash and finds

A mother of four has revealed how she made over £60,000 from reselling items she found in the rubbish bin.

Tiffany Butler, a full-time reseller and dumpster diver, spends five to six hours a day searching the bins of big-name stores.

The 32-year-old from Aubrey, Texas, USA, has found everything from robotic vacuum cleaners, make-up, food, furniture and even an antique clothes hanger valued at £2,283 ($3,000).

Tiffany hasn’t had to buy makeup or hygiene products for the last two years, as she finds everything she needs in the trash.

She even managed to furnish her entire home with items she found in dumpsters, from her children’s beds to a rug.

Tiffany’s ventures have allowed her to set up her own business where she has sold various items she has found, such as headphones, rings, necklaces and even dog food.

Makeup items found in dumpsters


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She said: “I’ve probably found every kitchen appliance you can think of, but my favorite is a pressure cooker that’s worth around £150 ($200).

“I’ve bought Ninja mixers, coffee makers, toaster ovens, pots and pans, and lots of crockery and cutlery.

“Before they started destroying items, I was getting huge boxes of makeup from ULTA on a weekly basis, everything was unopened.”

“I found Nars mascara worth over £20 ($26), Kylie Jenner lip kits worth around £25 ($33), and Morphe eyeshadow palettes worth over £10 ($13).

“I found most of my furniture in the bin, like my sofa from Ikea which retails for £228 ($300) and a new dresser worth £152 ($200).

Tiffany has been able to furnish her home with items like this desk


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“I also go to many pet stores often, and have found everything from bags of premium dog food to even live bugs that I feed to my lizard.”

Tiffany’s purchases also include 60 Xebec Tri-Screen monitors with a staggering retail value of over £22,700 ($29,940).

She also bought a variety of seasonal items, including Halloween costumes, birthday cards, and Christmas decorations.

She said: “I’m a huge fan of makeup and used to watch a lot of makeup tutorials on YouTube, until one day an ad came out for an ULTA dumpster.

Tiffany (left) with her family Kaylee, Daniel, Blake, Mia, and Ruxton Butler


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“I took a look at it and told my partner, Daniel, 38, that I was going to take a look at my local ULTA bins to see what he could find.

“I was surprised to walk out with boxes and boxes of makeup supplies, and from there it spread.

“With the amount I was bringing home, it became overwhelming and I filled up the garage pretty quickly.

“I sold quite a few items on Poshmark and made around £3,805 ($5,000), but I knew I needed a larger space to store and resell items.”

Tiffany now has her own warehouse to store items, which she is currently renovating and redecorating solely with items she found in the trash.

Tiffany in a container looking for her next treasures


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He added: “It is crazy to think that I have created a business selling items in perfect condition that I found in the garbage.

“Companies are so wasteful, and it has to stop.

“Anything they throw away is covered by insurance, so they don’t care as they’ll get replacements.

“Your loss has become my gain now really.”

Tiffany documents her finds through social media and even has her own website where she sells her items: @DumpsterDivingMama.

Although garbage collection is a controversial topic, Tiffany’s family, friends and fans are very supportive.

Seasonal Christmas items found in the dumpster


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Their four children, Kaylee, 18; Mine, ten; Blake, nine; Ruxton, eight; along with her mother, Pam, 55, and even her grandmother Judy, 78, have joined her garbage hauls.

Added Tiffany: “My family and friends love me dipping in the trash and are always the first to want to know about my recent finds.

“Whenever I have guests over, the first place they want to go is to the garage to pry into items they’d like to take with them.

“Many of my followers are quite shocked at the amount being thrown away and have actually been inspired to look for items in their bins.

“Many of them have also bought items from me, which is good.

“It’s crazy how much big companies and brands throw away; I hope I am doing enough in my area to prevent more from going to landfills.”

Halloween costumes and seasonal party supplies


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•New dresser: £152 ($200)
•White cabinet: £2,283 ($3,000)
•Instapot: £114 ($150)
•Mamaroo: £190 ($250)
• Ikea sofa: £228 ($300)
• Laptop: £152 ($200)
•ULTA Makeup: £2,283 ($3,000)
•Pressure Cooker: £152 ($200)
•Xebec monitors: £22,700 ($29,940)

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