Robin Evans, left, and Careyann Courtright, right, shift through a dumpster Dec. 1, 2015. The two searched through over five dumpsters that night, hoping to find items of value.
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Careyann Courtright lowers herself into a dumpster to search for reusable items that may have been thrown away on Dec. 1, 2015.
Careyann Courtright steadies herself on the edge of the dumpster as she shifts through trash on Dec. 1, 2015. The ring displayed on her finger was an item she had found during a previous dive.
Careyann Courtright, left, and Robin Evans, right, sit among their the procured items on Dec. 6, 2015. These storage units are only two of many that they have acquired to store their stuff from their dives.
Robin Evans holds up two signed letters by Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, that they had discovered in a dumpster during one of their dives. Careyann Courtright and Evans consider this to be one of their greatest finds.
Careyann Courtright, left, and Robin Evans, right, drive to a storage unit dumpster on Dec. 1, 2015. Storage unit dumpsters are one place they consider to usually have good luck finding items that might be of use.
JEFFERSON CITY — The cold nips at Robin Evans as she rifles through a dumpster outside the Dollar Tree, a place she often goes to search for good finds. Holding a flashlight at midnight, she cannot trust only the parking lot lights to show her what treasures the dumpster might hold.
Evans also receives help from the headlights that shine against the bricks at the back of Dollar Tree as her friend, Careyann Courtright, waits in the car to see if the dumpster is worth getting out to look through. It isn”t, so the two light their cigarettes and drive to a new dumpster, hoping their next stop will bring better luck.
Courtright and Evans use dumpster diving as a way to make money by pawning treasures that they find. However, they don”t just look at dumpster diving as a way to make money; they also do it to strengthen their friendship and help others by giving some of their finds to friends, family and people in need.
Courtright and Evans have been friends for more than 40 years and have shared an interest in dumpster diving for a long time. Only recently has Courtright helped Evans feel more confident about what they do.
The two call themselves the Dumpster Diving Divas, a name they recently came up with because of their “devious personalities,” Courtright said. Ever since their first dive together, the two have found it difficult to stop.