r/todayilearned – TIL A California man hunts for 100 year old Levi jeans in abandoned mines, in order to sell them to collectors for $30,000 – $100,000 a pair.
“When a miner got a new pair of work pants, he’d cut up the old ones and use them for lagging around pipes, so there were a lot of antique jeans buried out here. I did a bit of research into the history of Levi’s, and realised collectors would pay a lot for them, even for scraps.”
A little later: “Then last week we found a complete pair of jeans. When you find something like that, it’s an enormous thrill. It’s what we’d been working so hard for: 95% of the time you never find anything complete.”