When it comes to turning trash into treasure, 3D Design Department faculty member Jimmy DiResta is an expert. The New York Post recently ran a feature on DiResta and his brother, John, who are the stars of the new show Dirty Money (premiering Tuesday, August 9, at 10pm on the Discovery Channel).
The show follows the Long Island natives as they take junk that they find at random locations—from garbage heaps to antique stores—and convert it into items that they sell at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Among their many conquests, the pair recently nabbed $2,500 after working their magic on a $200 broken neon sign. They also managed to create a chainsaw-powered Evel Knievel bike from an ordinary kid’s bicycle.
“The best episodes are the ones where we spend no money,” Jimmy said. “All of a sudden, you can get $1,000 for a couple pieces of wood we found in the Dumpster—it’s literally found money.”
The brothers combine their talents, with Jimmy mainly covering the technical side of refurbishments and John handling price bargaining. Jimmy’s nephew (John’s son) Rat-Boy assists them from time to time, in the same way they assisted and learned from their own father years ago. “It looks like two mutts and their son running around picking up stuff, but there’s a level of intelligence that goes into this, and I would hand that all over to Jimmy,” John said. “He knows his stuff.”
Read the full article at New York Post.