EXCLUSIVE: Dumpster diver mom reveals she’s found a staggering $2 MILLION worth of discarded goods in the garbage – including a $600 Dyson Airwrap, $500 robot vacuum, and $400 Le Creuset cookware

Dumpster diving is the controversial five-finger discount without the criminal consequences — and it earned one woman a staggering $2 million in discarded goods she found while rummaging through the trash.

Jennifer Llenas (40) has been digging in the trash since she was in college. Now, 20 years later, the frugal sifting has found hordes of valuable goods, including expensive cookware, hair tools and vacuum cleaners – still in working order.

Although Jennifer now owns a marketing agency in Baltimore and can buy the items at full price at the store, she says she enjoys ‘rescuing’ goods that are thrown away by stores so they don’t go to waste.

“I like it – it’s like treasure hunting,” beams the mother-of-two.

Jennifer Llenas, 40, has been dumpster diving for 20 years and finds $2 million worth of junk, including robot vacuums, expensive cookware and hair tools

Jennifer Llenas, 40, has been dumpster diving for 20 years and finds $2 million worth of junk, including robot vacuums, expensive cookware and hair tools

The Baltimore mother-of-two says 'nothing' makes her happier than finding things to donate to people in need, and she also loves finding luxury items for herself and her family

The Baltimore mother-of-two says ‘nothing’ makes her happier than finding things to donate to people in need, and she also loves finding luxury items for herself and her family

“I go maybe once a week — I just go when I run an errand, I go check the dumpsters,” she shared.

She shares her gift for thrift with her family and friends, and even shares some of her treasured finds with her family.

“My sister loves it when I find decorations and kitchenware at her house,” she quipped.

Although the busy mom has found plenty of valuables in the trash, she admitted her habit probably isn’t saving her a ton of money — because she keeps the things she likes rather than the things she actually needs.

“But when I think about everything I found, it works out to about $100,000 a year,” she marveled.

Jennifer first started the hobby after an art professor suggested she rummage through a trash can for fabric.

Now she has a successful marketing business and is married with a home raising her two teenage children, but she still likes to rummage when she sees a dumpster.

When she finds a bunch of goods, she loads them into her truck before taking them back to her house to sort through and repair any items damaged in the bin.

The marketing professional said that ‘nothing’ makes her happier than finding things to donate to people who need them, she also loves finding some luxury items for herself and her family.

The marketing person was now able to buy the items at full price from the store, she enjoys 'rescuing' goods that are thrown away by stores so they don't go to waste

The marketing person was now able to buy the items at full price from the store, she enjoys ‘rescuing’ goods that are thrown away by stores so they don’t go to waste

Jennifer donates a significant amount of her findings to charities or people in need

Jennifer admitted her hobby can be bittersweet, as so much product is wasted

Despite donating a significant amount of her findings to charities or people in need, Jennifer admitted her hobby can be bittersweet as so much product is wasted

'It's really sad that the shops can take it,' Jennifer said as she continued.

“It’s really sad that the stores could take these things and donate them somewhere they’ll be used, but they don’t,” Jennifer said.

Some of her impressive — and expensive — finds include a $600 Dyson Airwrap hair dryer in perfect condition — complete with all the attachments, a $500 Roomba vacuum and a $400 Le Creuset Dutch oven.

It’s not all home goods, with Jennifer also finding beautiful designer handbags, expensive jewellery, unworn clothes, beauty supplies, non-perishable food packs, books and school supplies in her thrift shop.

Jennifer says she dumpster dives so she can help others (pictured are some of her trash finds)

Jennifer says she dumpster dives so she can help others (pictured are some of her trash finds)

Her family’s home is now equipped with a full home security system, robot vacuums on every floor, a voice-activated trash can, and high-end cookware—all sourced from garbage cans.

“My house isn’t cluttered, but if I find things I need or can use, I’ll hold on to them,” she shared.

Despite donating a significant amount of her findings to charities or people in need, Jennifer admitted her hobby can be bittersweet.

‘It’s really fun, but sometimes it makes me sad – once I found a bin full of children’s art supplies. It really affected me,’ she recalls.

‘I get a lot of feedback from the places I donate to. They are very grateful,’ she gushed.

“It’s really sad that the stores could take these things and donate them somewhere they’ll be used, but they don’t,” she continued.

‘Sometimes the shops even destroy things before they dump them, with paint or bleach, and it breaks my heart. I find it even worse than throwing it away.’

The eagle-eyed treasure hunter admitted that sometimes she is asked if she is poor or a hoarder, she mainly does it to help other people who can use it.

“You can’t dumpster dive anywhere—Maryland has pretty relaxed laws about this, so that’s fine for me to do here,” Jennifer explained.

“I do get asked if I’m poor and that’s why I do it – but it’s just a hobby for me,” the mother continued.

“I do it more because I can help others than myself.”