The Art of Dumpster Diving for Masters Cups

AUGUSTA — By the end of each Masters day, everyone seems to have a Masters cup.

“They’re just good cups to drink out of, really,” 13-year-old Joshua Wilson said.

For some patrons, there is no collectable more important than the Masters cup.

“I have a couple of buddies of mine who drink a lot of beer and some diet cokes and sweet tea. You save the cups and take them home for the cheap souvenirs,” Bo Loeffer said.

And many of those who collect the cups have been doing so for years.

“All the way back to 1996,” Loeffer said.

“Well, it’s a privilege. It’s kind of like bragging rights,” Matt Gilstrap said

But some collectors take the sport of cup collecting to a different level.

“We do a little bit of a competition with the family, see who can get the most,” Justin Wilson said.

And there’s a strategy to collecting the most cups — it’s called dumpster diving.

“If you find some on top of the trash cans, we may grab one and rinse it out and take it home,” Loeffer said.

“We just look in the trash cans and just grab them,” Joshua Wilson said.

“The hard part is when they’re at the bottom, you try not to fall in. It’s a skill. It’s a skill. You got to have good core balance,” Mauren Wright said.

It’s a sport that more people seem to be getting into, but it’s not for everyone.

“I have seen more people doing it. Before, everybody would shy away and they were embarrassed, and now I’m seeing even a lot of guys doing it,” Wright said.

“I have not. That’s disturbing news,” Gilstrap laughed.

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