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    I bought one of those old vending machines at a auction, the kind where you put in a dime for a cup of hot water. Then you pull on the slot with hot cocoa,coffee or chicken bullion. well anyway I paid 3 dollars for the machine and thought it felt kind of heavy when I picked it up. Sure enough when I got home I pried open the coin box and it was stuffed plump full of dimes. I think 27.00 dollars worth.Lots of others too and old cig machine that was laying on a rockpile for years I just kept rolling it over and over until no more change came out. That one had all silver coins in it. Tip; always load washers and dryers carefully into your pickup. but when you unload at home flip roll them out and the coins will come right out.Haha


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    I average about $50week in change I would say another $10 in bills maybe more but its one of those omg its a $1 moment anything over $5bill is a childish dance moment lol I can not tear about appliances here with out a license so I still look for motors in dryers and check for change. most of mine comes from furniture, clothes, and bottoms of boxes which its usually like magazines papers and such and bills which since i am a honest person I tell them about since this is not just regular bagged up garbage its pickens people leave out. so its good to inform them plus it allows me to introduce myself and make a new contact lol

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    I got about $17 plus a nice size silver chain from a dryer one time. I don't think this guy ever checked his pockets (luckily for me). Only found paper money one time, a one dollar bill. Twice have found gold plated jewelry, still waiting for my first solid piece.

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    I decided to rinse off the truck today after leaving a very muddy yard. I pulled into a bay and stopped short to pick up a large gallon storage bag near the drain grate. To my surprise, the bag contained $23.34 in change. SWEET!

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    Girlfriend and me found $4500.00 then the following summer here nephew and a buddy of mine were having a few beers when the story of our find becomes part of the discussion. Not wanting to sit around drinking beer all afternoon made the suggestion we all go back to the place and see if we could find more.

    Girlfriend wanted to stay home and keep an eye on the beer so it was just me and the two guys who head over to the old abandoned house my buddy Roland found the mother load`which we divide up three ways.

    After heading home to fetch girlfriend we all bailed into Roland's Land-cruiser then headed up to Chilliwhack stopping in at Friendly Mikes to stock up on refreshments before heading up to a cabin the snowmobile guys built to stay warm in, as a joke I plucked a real estate sign from the ground along the way to post in front of the cabin which is on Crown Land.

    After we were all thoroughly pissed someone decided to build a fire in the wood stove, a previous visitor as a prank had stuffed an old sack down the stove pipe it didn't take long for the cabin to fill with wood smoke.

    Don't recall what the final tally was on our find.

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    I found $6.40 in change in one dryer once.. in a second dryer around $2.. I just couldn't stop laughing as I loaded that thing in my SUV. I had to turn it on its side to slide it in, and it was like I hit jackpot in Vegas .. ching cha-ching-ching ching cha-ching cha-cha-ching bing ching.. lol. I loaded it up at 5:00am, I guy who was in his garage working was looking down the street at me. I felt bad for all the noise, but, I laughed as I drove off. I made more in change in the dryer than from the dryer itself, probably.

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    I have found change , casually enough that I pay no attention, But once I found a quart size Chinese container full of change ,
    pennies naturally but plenty of quarters dimes nickels
    A better find times 2
    was a belt buckle that had a Morgan silver dollar insert not a key date but a silver dollar
    then a nick knack container with 2 half 90% silver dollars
    I've also found as much as 5 grams of gold over the years (careless people )
    but when I had theft years ago they found it .

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    Most I've ever found was 12.00+ out of a dryer. That was change. Most I've ever found cash wise was $95 out of a cash register I pulled out of a dumpster. Always pull apart a cash register!
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    I can't think of any big finds in change. Most times it would be around $20.00 or so at most from a old vending machine or on the rare occasion, the change from within a car that I was taking the seats and carpet out of so I could use the car for storage here at the yard.

    One of my more interesting finds was when I took apart 3 of the grocery counters with the black rubber mat that moves. Nice parts in them. But anyway. Down inside the frames I found about $18.00 or so in change with a few coins being silver, but nothing special. I remember that most of that change was dirty and sticky from the years of sitting and the things that would break and leak on the counter surface and work their way into the inside of the counters. The areas I found the coins in were not accesable untill I took it apart to that point.

    Another item that I have found treasures in is old "empty" purses and handbags. I would tear open the lining and find coins, jewlery and unused stamps. I think if I do the math on all the things I found in "empty" purses and handbags with the jewlery, coins, pens and such, is STAMPS. I found many dollars over the years in free postage in so called empty purses.

    Much the same with old jackets and coats where things end up within the linings.

    I have found many a treasure inside of things over the years. Some of a nice value.

    I found a wad of new 2 dollar bills in a pair of blue jeans years back. It was over $80.00 in them. They had been wet so they were no good for collecting and they were the new style ones. I was spending some of them at a local store and a person saw them and asked if he could buy all I had left for face value. I said sure as I just planned on spending them anyway. They were not trashed looking, just weird looking like paper money gets when it has been "laundered",lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChildhoodDream View Post
    I can't think of any big finds in change. Most times it would be around $20.00 or so at most from a old vending machine or on the rare occasion, the change from within a car that I was taking the seats and carpet out of so I could use the car for storage here at the yard.

    One of my more interesting finds was when I took apart 3 of the grocery counters with the black rubber mat that moves. Nice parts in them. But anyway. Down inside the frames I found about $18.00 or so in change with a few coins being silver, but nothing special. I remember that most of that change was dirty and sticky from the years of sitting and the things that would break and leak on the counter surface and work their way into the inside of the counters. The areas I found the coins in were not accesable untill I took it apart to that point.

    Another item that I have found treasures in is old "empty" purses and handbags. I would tear open the lining and find coins, jewlery and unused stamps. I think if I do the math on all the things I found in "empty" purses and handbags with the jewlery, coins, pens and such, is STAMPS. I found many dollars over the years in free postage in so called empty purses.

    Much the same with old jackets and coats where things end up within the linings.

    I have found many a treasure inside of things over the years. Some of a nice value.

    I found a wad of new 2 dollar bills in a pair of blue jeans years back. It was over $80.00 in them. They had been wet so they were no good for collecting and they were the new style ones. I was spending some of them at a local store and a person saw them and asked if he could buy all I had left for face value. I said sure as I just planned on spending them anyway. They were not trashed looking, just weird looking like paper money gets when it has been "laundered",lol...
    American $2.00 bills?

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    Yes, the Bicentennial ones. They were consecutive numbers. I would guess that who ever had gotten them originally must of did it in fun and not for keeping as they were folded up and stuck in the pocket. I have thought on that a few times since then as to what might of been going on the day the person wearing the jeans put the 2 dollar bills in their pocket and then took them off and forgot about the money in the pocket. They must of gotten a PILE of cash when they got the 2 dollar bills.

    Those jeans were in with other jeans and pants that I had received from the Salvation Army as they wanted to clear them out of their way. I find it interesting that I received them with the money still in them as most times the pockets of clothing gets checked through long before I end up with the items. I would guess that they were in a load from a estate and they just ended up in boxes and sat until I got them. I would get hundreds of pairs of jeans and pants now and then when they had to many and no where to store them.

    That is the most I have ever found in clothing. I would find a few coins or a dollar now and then and on the rare occasion a $5, $10 or even a $20. But I don't think I found but a few larger bills in clothing over many years and MANY pockets checked>

    I always check pockets and hidden places to see what I might find.

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    Funny that I didn't think of it till now, but the year those 2 dollar bills were in banks is when the pants must of been from. So if we look at 1976 - 1977 or maybe slightly later if a bank happened to still have a few stacks of new ones. I didn't get the jeans until about 1990ish. So the bills may of been in those jeans for around 14 years.

    Now it is possible that the bills were obtained at a later date if a bank or person had the new 2 dollar bills. But I doubt it as I would guess the bills were put in the pocket around 1977.

    Any ideas of how the 2 dollar bills ended up in a pair of jeans for around 14 years before I found them?

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    $15 dollars in pennies and nickles (that was a pain to collect) out of a car, and $5 in small change out of my couches. Other than that, a few gas cans, a couple metal ammo boxes, and a box of 12 gauge shells were my better finds. Sadly it seems everyone around here cleans any and all change out before I wind up with the stuff. I did wind up with a nice set of Bose speakers from a Nissan car that came with Bose speakers, just pulled all the car speakers on that one before sending it to the yard I deal with.

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    Old thread that deserves a new response...

    I found a $100 bill (on my 50th birthday, no less) when getting in line at a Sam's Club. I waited a few minutes to see if some little old lady would come back and ask about it. Nobody claimed it, so it ended up being a nice birthday present- from a stranger no less!

    Also, this one is a bit different. I was settling out my great aunt's estate years ago. I was the sole beneficiary. There was one of those tiny rolltop desks (perhaps only 2 feet long or so) and it was really rickety. I told my wife that we should just leave it behind. We checked the drawers and didn't find anything. She insisted on taking it, that we would make room for it somewhere. When we tilted it to take it upstairs from the basement, something fell out. Wrapped in aluminum foil were (7) $10 bills (old ones from the 1920's and 1930's). Also, there was a $500 bill, which they stopped making about 50 years ago. I still have the $500 bill for sentimental reasons- sorry not for sale.

    Also, as far as places to look I keep hearing that sofas are a great place to find change. I've also been told to wear gloves as you might occasionally find a needle or two from the neighborhood drug addict. Be careful out there!

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    I found a whole quarter once in the bed of my truck from the worlds heaviest but still portable metal workbench I picked up. That's it so far, while scrapping anyway.

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    I got $6.11 in change out of a dryer last week. That's a personal best for me.
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    how do i delete things.
    Last edited by wwhijr; 07-09-2018 at 09:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwhijr View Post
    how do i delete things.
    To delete a post.

    Go to the post you want to delete and click on Edit Post.
    Next click on Go Advanced.
    Next check the square box and then click on Delete Post.

    You can also change the title of a thread you started in the Go Advanced options but you cannot delete the thread.

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    Well, this is not really the same, but it is the same kind of thing. I saw a slot machine that a guy had for sale at a yard sale. It was one of the big ones and he only had $80 on it. I started talking to him about it and he volunteered that it was broken and only took silver quarters. I chuckled and asked where the hell you could find silver quarters for it. He said he had $30 in silver quarters that would go with the machine. I got the machine and and quarters for $65. The rolls of quarters were worth about $200 each at that time. I still have them, but the machine is long gone.

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    Out of appliances, the highest single amount was from one clothes dryer, which was $15-16 or so. I heard a good bit of change rattling inside, so I made sure to look in it, and tons of quarters / dimes / nickles! Of course had pennies too. I only checked it as one of the previous dryers I had dumped off my truck at the scrapyard had some change rattling inside, I didn't think much of it until the guy next to me was like "hey man you going to get the change out of there"?, I said no, go for it, he smashed it open and got over $2. This got me thinking I wasn't making much more than that on the dryer as scrap, and I should have cracked it open.

    I'll be honest, I really never bother checking unless I hear a good bit of change rattling. Yes I could be missing out on paper money, but the ones I have taken apart, never see anything but lint, so not worth the effort to me.

    Like others, I have found money, paper and change, in my scrapping / trash picking adventures, as well as some decent jewelry, but since this thread is about appliances, I will not get into other finds I guess. I cringe thinking of all the money / jewelry / good stuff that ends up at the dump or landfill, lol.


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