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    New West Michigan Scrapper

    Hey fellas/gals, been reading this site for a about 6 months. Wow! I can't believe all of the information looming in these threads. What's even more outstanding is amount of courtesy and helpfulness everyone puts forward. I am going to ramble a bit and do some summing up of what I have been up to.

    I became unemployed in Oct, and I started to find new ways to generate money for my family. Etsy was the go-to but learned quickly it is too flooded and overpopulated. Ebay, as we all know, is in the same boat. So I began to get creative and start thinking about repurposing and selling although I had no clue where to start.

    My girlfriend's grandmother is a hoarder. Not like: I have tons of useful stuff laying on my property and I will restore/repurpose when the time comes. No! She hoards. The property, the attic, basement, and every nook and cranny is jam packed full. Maybe 2,200sqft home? I noticed one day walking around her property she had a pile behind her barn of "useless" junk. I asked to take some home with me, and to my surprise, she said yes. You have to understand this woman hoards everything and everything has a form of sentimental attatchment.. She has 40+ 151515 boxes jam packed with newspapers and magizines. I ended up getting 2 upright floor fans, a Sony portable TV (80's?), a CRT monitor, and DVD player. That's basically what started my new addiction. Since I've done a fridge (safely), a few vacs, few TVs, few monitors, a breaker box from an old home, and random miscellaneous items. Ever since I have been scouring CL and watching the road everywhere I go. It isn't a way to make a living for me yet, but I just love to dismantle ****. Considering, in the offing, starting a business but at this point it is just a pipe dream.

    I have roughly 4lbs copper #1, 5lbs #2, 6lbs in low-grade boards, 400lbs shred, 20lbs dirty AL, and 6lbs #2 insulated. I have the property to stash it and that's what I will do until either I generate a heavy flow or my girlfriend nags about it too much.

    Keep scrappin' y'all! If it wasn't for this forum I probably would have stripped all my small gauge wire and thought there was actually a hazardous gas inside tube electronics.


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    Welcome to the forum. Thank you for recognizing the value in reading the old threads. 73, Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Thanks miked, been paying attention to your posts for a while!

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    Thanks for the introduction and welcome to the forum.

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    welcome from a fellow W. Michigander!

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    Hello from Grand Rapids.

    We are hiring up here in Sparta.

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    Welcome to the forum from across the lake. I see you have been reading, keep reading on. You can do this and earn a living, it might not be all steak and lobster, but it will work out to being able to eat. Just stay focused and always look at the different ways one mans trash can be for you. Trash can be cash if you learn what you are looking at. Keep talking to your relative, she might let you clean up her property one day, and recycle everything. Happy scrapping.
    Cleaning up the e-waste one company at a time

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    I found this forum a few years ago and that started my hobby/obsession witt computer scrap, welcome to the party man!

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    Thanks everyone!

    Gungatim: Where are you at in West Michigan?

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    Welcome from beautiful Downtown Kittery, Maine !!
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    half way between GR and Kalamazoo...close enough to hear the slot machines, IYKWIM...

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    I'm following you gunga. Used to pickup some custom routed MDF cabinetry for a former employer in that area.


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