When my brother came home from Vietnam, he couldn’t find a job. So he took to the streets. He also started hanging around churches. No, he didn’t suddenly become religious, but rather he literally hung around them. He took copper from the outside of the buildings.
Every night he would head out with his big canvas sack and a magnet that he wore around his neck to test the metal. Then he would climb up on the church’s facade and cut away the copper guttering. He had no problem with being up high because he was a former iron worker and used to jump out of planes when he was in Vietnam.
He would then take the scrap metal down to the local junk dealers and sell it. Sometimes he avoided the churches and would raid scrap metal from houses, usually abandoned buildings. He would go in and take out all of the copper pipe that was in the house. One time he enlisted my help.
Since I was small and could easily fit through a basement window, he would lower me into the basement of the house and I would let him in. Then my mom found out about it and promptly put a stop to the practice.
Now, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, you don’t have to raid churches to make a few bucks off of junk. Yes, yard sales and garage sales are becoming more popular, but so are websites like stltoday.com, and ebay and Craigslist.
One seller sells his merchandise on ebay. He puts it up for sale to the highest bidder with a minimum asking price. Where does he get most of his merchandise? From Craigslist.
A friend of mine used to raid dumpsters and hit all of the local garage and yard sales on Saturday morning. He would then take the treasures that he found down to the auction of Mondays. He also had a booth at the local flea market. He sold everything g form old electronics to rocking chairs. I know, I bought one from him for three dollars and then refinished it. I still have it to the day. It’s an old antique and I’m sure that it’s worth more than the three dollars that I paid for it.
If you are going to sell on one of the websites, here are some tips from people who know: make sure that you have a clean, crisp photograph of the item for sale. Describe the item accurately and sell what you describe. If that vase has a crack in it, be sure to let the buyer know. Too often it’s buyer beware on these websites. List all of the product’s feature, but don’t go overboard. Simplicity sells.