Citywide cleanup a boon for those willing to dig for a little urban treasure

Tony Hance looks over some cables and cords that he found by a curb on Clark Avenue on Sunday afternoon before placing it in his vehicle. Hance picks up items in the city’s annual spring cleanup, then sells them to scrapyards.

Tony Hance looks over some cables and cords that he found by a curb on Clark Avenue on Sunday afternoon before placing it in his vehicle. Hance picks up items in the city’s annual spring cleanup, then sells them to scrapyards. Photo by Gerry Tritz.

Through a steady downpour, Tony Hance eagerly picked up a box containing about 200 baseball cards and placed them in his minivan beside four unopened Leapster games and a variety of other items.

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Hance was one of dozens of entrepreneurs out on a rainy Sunday scavenging for valuables from the city’s annual spring cleanup.

“It’s a good hobby, I guess,” said Hance, who was driving around with his girlfriend and two of their younger children and a dog. They don’t bring their older kids because they sometimes spend 12-hour days searching for items, past the bedtimes of their school-aged children.

“I’ve found stereos that are still working. I just found last night a really nice TV, 19 inches or so. And it works great,” he said.

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