10 incredible treasures found in the trash

Strike it rich just by taking out the garbage? After reading these stories of unique finds you might want to keep a closer eye on what you throw out.

By Risa Seidman, SwitchYard Media

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Oct 2, 2013 1:08PM
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any day now you'll be able to find the constitution and bill of rights of the united states somewhere in the white house trash .
Oct 2, 2013 7:09AM
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Not all of these " treasures " were found in the " trash" , most were just hidden away . So before you go looking into trash bins , look within you own house .
Oct 2, 2013 4:35PM
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I recently bought a collection of pieces from a junk dealer who got them from an estate sale.  I paid $40.00 for the lot, which included two Original Watercolor paintings, from an artist who sells her Oil paintings online for thousands of dollars.  My only question is - where do you find a market for items such as these? They aren't worth a thing sitting in a closet.  
You would not believe the things people either throw away, or grossly under value at garage sales and flea markets.  The real fun is in the hunt!
Oct 2, 2013 9:28AM
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With the world population estimated around 6 billion people, ten such finds are like needles in haystack.
Oct 3, 2013 7:40AM
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Man, I wish I could find a Van Gogh....

My neighbor had a garage sale one time and when it was over, he told me I could go through a box of books he was throwing away. I found a reprint of "The Little House on the Prairie" that was autographed by Laura Ingalls Wilder.   I ended up selling it for $3,600.   :)

That's as close as I guess I'll ever get!

Oct 2, 2013 11:46AM
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I have a treasure of baseball cards that no one wants or is willing to buy....lol
Oct 3, 2013 6:51AM
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You have a better chance of winning the Powerball.


Oct 6, 2013 2:32PM
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The greatest wealth you will ever find in nothing more than peace of mind. 
Oct 2, 2013 2:04PM
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Where is "The Fallen Madonna" by Van Klomp and "The Cracked Vase with the Big Daisies" by Van Gogh?
Oct 3, 2013 9:10AM
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If you are ever on a road trip, stop by Kissner's restaurant in Defiance, OH.  It still has the original wood bar from when it opened almost a century ago, and there is a lot of history on the walls.  It was not surprising when we heard members of the Kissner  family found those cards.
Oct 6, 2013 3:03PM
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I saw an Antiques Roadshow once where a guy in Philadelphia was throwing out his trash and found an old Pen & Ink drawing.. turns out it was the Original picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence!!!!!! Worth almost a Million!!!
Oct 3, 2013 11:31AM
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I heard the story of a man who owned a 500 year old American Indian rug.  He died.  Two weeks after the funeral, one of the sons called and asked his Mother, "Where is Dad's rug?"  The Mother said, "That's the first thing I threw out."
Oct 3, 2013 9:18AM
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a 1,900 painting or 2,400 fake violin shouldn't be included in a list of rare finds along with items valued at hundreds of thousands or millions.   I think the author was stretching to fill the list out with 10 items.    What about the superman issue 1 comic found in an attic last year?  Worth 50,000.  Thank belongs before a 2,400 fake violin. 
Oct 6, 2013 11:35AM
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In America, Alex Rodriquez, the drug pumped cheater card will bring a lot.  Americans love cheaters who make big money.
Oct 3, 2013 12:38PM
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That Titanic violin and the portrait of General Grant caught my eye - I'm amazed that violin is still around.  Wonder if it plays at all - I would guess it's a Stradivarius?  It appears some of the strings were lost, but I suppose that's to be expected after over a century.
Oct 6, 2013 1:53AM
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I found a Nazi war Helmet with a bullet. whole in it . to it to A  American collector and he said nothing but handed me 500$ us in La Plata Maryland, man I took it and ran. Found it at he Charles County Maryland Landfill,  Where how it got there I will never know,

 

 

Oct 3, 2013 4:48AM
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I have a Antonio Stradivarius (copy) violin from 1721. Never opened for repair! Is anyone willing to pay $1500.00!?
Oct 6, 2013 11:41AM
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Duck Dynasty T shirts will be priceless representing American culture in the future.  That and Larry the Cable Guys portrait.

 

Dennis Rodman will pose for a portrait as what Americans aspire to become, rich and crazy.

Oct 6, 2013 11:37AM
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Miley Cyrus DVD of her recent performance is America's answer to a classical work of art.
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