Thursday, 7 June 2012

Pennies from Heaven

Looking down at the sidewalk while walking is beginning to pay off.  I might bump into things, but yesterday I found 11 cents.  Well, actually it was 12 cents but I had to leave one.  Someone was practically standing on it and shoving them aside to make my point seemed a bit much.

I see a lot of change on the street and I'm wondering how much does it take for people to bend their lazy asses over to pick up some money?  A quarter?  A dollar?  No one seems to bother with pennies, nickels or dimes.  

A friend of mine once told me she collected over $200. a year from street change.  This was, apparently, her hobby.  She told me the trick is to look where “older” people go because they drop things.  My friend was in her mid 80’s when she told me this so I’m wondering exactly what she meant.  

I’ve had two major finds in recent years (and this might inspire you to start watching):  

  • I found 50 Euros on a street in Paris which was a welcome treat.  How often does this happen?  We think of having our pockets picked not actually FINDING money.  It bought a few glasses of wine.
  • Then, in Montreal, I found a wad of bills totaling $80.00. I waited to see if anyone looked like they were retracing their steps and in a panic.  I even asked a woman nearby if she had lost anything (which she hadn’t and she backed away from me like I was going to conk her on the head).  After waiting a respectable amount of time (15 minutes – who would wait longer?), the bills were mine.   If by any chance you lost $80.00 just give me the serial numbers and I'll be happy to reimburse you.

So,  must be some truth in the 1936 song -

Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
Don'tcha know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune fallin' all over town
Be sure that your umbrella
Is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
So when you hear it thunder
Don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me


  1. Hattatt6/08/2012

    Clearly you are very lucky, or else frequent those areas of town where to lose a few euros or dollars is hardly worth bothering about and certainly not to matter as to require the effort to bend down and pick them up. Mostly, when looking at the pavement, and this really is the case in Brighton, we see nothing beyond discarded chewing gum. Absolutely revolting!

  2.  Believe me.....I never frequent parts of town where money is no object :)  I'd say I just watch the ground too much!  Oh yes....we also have lots of gum :)  and other revolting things!

  3. You may soon find yourself even richer from your collection of pavement coins - I heard talk about a new $5.00 CAD coin!

  4.  Now that's worth bending down for!