After an hour of digging through a stranger's abandoned boxes, 32-year-old Mark Meyer is growing worried.
The $225 he paid a local storage company for a truckload of someone else's abandoned things is looking like a losing investment since he hasn't unearthed anything worth anything.
Then Meyer stumbles upon something. Tearing back the carefully wrapped packing paper and bubble wrap, Meyer reveals hidden treasure — he recognizes the 2-foot-tall clown figurine as a Capodimonte painted-porcelain statue imported from Italy and cracks a smile.
"It's not chipped or broken in any way," he tells CNBC Make It. "I don't like clowns, but I like money."