Junk man is the (largely American) term for a person that buys, trades, or collects disparate items (scrap and usable/repairable things) that are considered of little or no value to their owners. This person then tries to sell or trade these items at a profit to other individuals and scrap yards.
Appearances in pop culture
The poet Carl Sandburg has a poem called "Junk Man," in which Death is personified by a junk man.
- "THE JUNK MAN" Carl-Sandburg.com (accessed June 20, 2007)
- Karung guni
- Rag and bone man, the British equivalent of this vocation
- Sanford and Son, a television program centered around a junk man and his son
- Dumpster diving
- Waste picker
- American Pickers
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