Lisa Fiekowski is a 60-something woman from New York’s upscale Prospect Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, and she owns more than $8 million worth of properties in New York City. However, Lisa has an unusual hobby: collecting trash.
Reportedly, she has packed one of her properties with an old microwave, an umbrella, carps, toys, and other trash.
She has been collecting trash for about a decade now, and she generates around $20 to 30$ for just a few hours of work. She told The New York Post that she enjoys her hobby because it keeps her active, she gets to talk to the neighbors, and she keeps her area clean.
She said that it’s mostly a physical activity, even though she has an MBA from the University of Chicago, and she has worked as a marketing analyst and a stockbroker. Her parents were also high-ranking economists in the US government, and her husband makes more than $180k a year.
She notes that her family thinks the whole “trash picking” thing is horrible, but she finds it to be very funny.
Even though her family may not be pleased with her choice of hobbies, she defends it by saying that the outrage around it has just proven to her how judgmental New Yorkers have become.
She told the Post that she’s an old-fashioned bohemian, and it’s sad to see how New York was once very acceptable of people being eccentric, but now it’s like “Heaven forbid!”.
The city towed her 1993 Toyota Camry filled with junk, dented, and covered in graffiti, but she says that she had parked it legally. She explains that people in the neighborhood were very upset because the car was terrible, and it just shows how intolerant the area is.
Lisa Fiekowski is hardly the first millionaire to maintain a pretty frugal lifestyle. The billionaire founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, used to drive his same Volvo for decades, and he preferred to fly coach.