One of my older neighbors moved away, leaving a huge pile of things on the curb in front of her house. I took a look. Saw a 1960s-era electric clippers hair-cutting set. I didn’t see much point in taking it, as I already have one. But it did contain a pair of scissors that were in very good condition.
There was also an old floor lamp, which I didn’t want, but it did have a light bulb in the socket. I took the bulb home and it worked. This isn’t the first time I’ve found working light bulbs in light fixtures that have been thrown away. I lit my bathroom for years with fluorescent bulbs that were part of someone else’s built-in fixture that got put out with the trash when they were doing some bathroom remodeling.
Scissors and light bulb. Together worth at least a few dollars. Not bad for about 2 minutes work. On an hourly basis, that’s around $100 per hour. That’s why I keep my eyes open.