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It all comes out in the wash

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DEL MAR, Calif. (CBS 8) - In the home and hobby section of the fair, you'll find an authentic slice of collectible Americana. Everything from ketchup packets to packs of matches, shot glasses to stuffed animals -- if you have more than one of anything, you might just end up with a ribbon. Take Julie Doody for example.

"I started in September, when the school year started and finished it just when the school year ended," Julie said.

Over that nine-month period, Julie collected everything she pulled out of her son Will's pants before she put them in the laundry.

"I put a Ziplock baggie in the laundry room and I just started keeping stuff I found in the pockets," she said.

Her display is an amazing array of what should have been thrown away.

"This is my favorite, the teeny tiny pencil. This is another favorite, the latex glove. I'm not really sure, I'm guessing that came from science.

A pair of dirty socks inside out, and this is exactly how I found them and this is exactly how I put them in. Then another personal favorite is the 'I can't talk' note," Julie said.

Her son Will gives us the backstory.

"I was in my reading class and there was a sub and I was talking too much, so she told me to write a note and put it on my face," Will said.

"I inventoried everything, so there's like one of a lot of things and the most things we have are 14 silver gum wrappers," she said.

Julie's pocket-emptying efforts earned her a second place ribbon, rewarding her vision that, "from trash could come art," she said.

This creative mom has also earned the lasting respect of Will and his sister Kelly.

It's heartwarming to know that in our disposable society, you'll still find a group of hoarders who won't throw anything away, because they know that today's refuse may become tomorrow's ribbon.

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