Everyone’s trash is this woman’s treasure

Amber Elizabeth Stevens reaches into a dumpster for salvageable items.
Amber Elizabeth Stevens reaches into a dumpster for salvageable items on a recent afternoon in Long Beach. Most of her clothes and the furnishings in her home were other people’s castoffs.
(Liz Moughon / Los Angeles Times)

Bharbi Hazarika is a 2019 lifestyle intern at the Los Angeles Times.