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What looks like a heap of trash to most people is a score for two Muscatine pickers. Especially during Spring Clean Up Week where every curbside has re-purposing potential.

When Dawn Schmidt and Jessica Meyer spot a musty old chair with cushions falling apart and springs about to pop off, they pull off to the side of the road, roll up their sleeves and put it in the back of their pick-up.

"We get to save the earth while doing it," said co-owner of Wasted, LLC Dawn Schmidt. "We get to use our creative ability to re-purpose things and we also get to save things from going to dumpsters and just being put in the trash."

They co-own Wasted a re-purposing shop in downtown Muscatine and with it being spring clean up week...

"We've been racing around trying to rescue everything," said co-owner of Wasted, LLC Jessica Meyer. "It's a lot of fun."

They take things like shipping pallets and turn them into art or old headboards and turn them into benches.

"Just about everything can be re-used," said Meyer. "There's no need to go out and buy new furniture. There's so much stuff that people throw away that you can easily re-paint."

And they said they'll have plenty to do in the coming months...

"My basement is really overflowing with junk," said Meyer. "We have so many projects to do, it's not even funny."

All of that junk turned into something special, that could have ended up in a landfill if there weren't two friends there to save it.

Jessica and Dawn said they aren't ready to quit their day jobs yet, but hope to do this full time in the future.

The City of Muscatine said they take in about 500 tons of waste during spring clean up week, which lasts through Friday. Any average week they haul away about 30-50 tons of trash.

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