Burlap sacks and the woven plastic grain bags are used in a lot of crafts. Information and data plates from equipment. Any wrought iron or blacksmithed details like railings and lights. I had a lady ask us to hold onto rusty flat washers Also I have been finding most traditional crafts/trade tools and parts have value, either Antique, Collector, decoration, art or refurbished to be used by modern day craftsfolk. I personally have bought a 75 year old 5 foot one man timber saw from a junk store because the new ones are 500$ plus.
"And if your train's on time, You can get to work by nine, and start your slaving job to get your pay. If you ever get annoyed, Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day" -BTO
For crafting? I have no idea. ...doing a Google search.... holy shiz! Search Images on Google for 'toilet paper rolls crafts'. Some of the non-kid stuff is fairly artistic.
I like using old tools, myself - they have a durable, handcrafted feel to them. Not like a lot of the junk I see today. Also, I feel all connected to a larger past when I use them.
I'll have to separate out the rusty washers. I save the newer looking ones for my own tool bucket, but I usually toss the rusty ones in with steel. I found about 20 big rusty ones in an alley street today.
I remember those. Used to be a big thing. Looking...yeah, here's some stuff:Also...going to sound weird, but caprisun packages also can sell. Folks make purses, wallets, an other such items from them.
Caprisun crafts on Pinterest
Oh, Mick said he didn't see a need to make an Etsy-only thread, so there it is.
I'm beginning think if ANYTHING is collected in bulk, it might be sellable to crafters.
Another idea: packaging things, like the plastic air pillows, styro peanuts, bubble wrap. People who sell crafts need them, and also eBayers need them.
All good. I just didn't want to mess up your thread!
An yep those are what i'm talking about. They also make them from candy wrappers, an all kinds of things. Anyone want to try selling a lb of gum wrappers on ebay or elsewhere? Ha ha!
An I think it was NH, those saw blades are a good idea, I've seen several painted an their pretty cool looking when done right. From big ones to table saw size.
Once again excellent thread. I'm sure more then a few folks learned something new from it, I know I have on several items.
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I'd add, the plastic sheets from LED screens, they are white, prismatic, clear, opaque and pearl like white.
Any electric 'time delay devices'
I give all my sewing related items to an organization that does craft "therapy". They rehabilitate stroke, accident, and trauma victims (and others in need). I met her at a yard sale and when she explained to the people having sale, what she was looking for (they had nothing she needed). I told her I have a lot of brand new fabric and all kinds of thread, needles and even some sewing machines. She was a little hesitant and I asked not what you needed? No she says we need all of that, I only have a $20 a month supply budget, I told her no you can have them! She had a little mini van, that appeared to be full (with her organization logo on it). I told her I don't think you have enough room though. She asked where I lived, I told her no it's at my business. I told her I have a hobby, I scrap I said. Funny she thought I did scrap books, now I was confused. She explained to me about the hobby of making photo scrap books and that it was mostly women (I assured her not this man). I took her to my secret, better than scrap room. I showed her the boxes of sewing stuff and said you can have it all. I thought she was going to faint, she tells me, I will need to make a few trips, I said no we will deliver it to your organization on Monday morning. Jill thank you for this thread, I'm going to get her to make me a list of craft items. If anybody knows about "crafting" it's this lady. Then if you give it or sell it may help someone, it's just not my speed (I like tools).
I totally agree with anything in bulk has value. I have the space to store things so I'm trying to get a good inventory before I work on selling. Something I want to try is painting some more mundane things with metallic paint. The real metallic paint that will tarnish and has the metal flakes in it, not the rustoleom stuff. I figure I can turn a boring lamp into a fixture fit for the supreme commander of the northern airship fleet.
One of my dearest friends is a High School Art Teacher and I save random things for her class that would otherwise get tossed out.
Awesome thread! Iv heard of people buying those spiral turnings from metal lathes. Saw an ebay auction once, cant remember how much it went for though. Also seen people buy the reaaallly thin copper wire from relays, etc. Looks like hair. Also wonder if people would buy stuff like resistors, capacitors, etc for more than scrap price? Never know. Im not very crafty so not too sure what people want!
Edit: just checked out Etsy. Really cool site. Some great stuff on there. I Might try selling stuff. Theres listings for literally everything... from those little jewels that hang off lamp shades to blank reclamed wood tiles. Simple stuff to get and it sells!
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i missed an obvious one - magnets. Not the hard drive ones, which always have buyers, but ones from speakers and motors. Crafters make their projects and then stick magnets on them, to sell as fridge magnets, office wallboard magnets, stuff for kids rooms, house decor -
Magnet Boards & Magnet Crafts on Pinterest
This is a nice example of combining beer caps and magnets -
Handmade Monday: Bottle Cap Magnets | Sunday Afternoon Housewife
...and here's a magnet craft us beer drinkers can appreciate!
Bottle Cap Magnet
As far as saving beer caps, i only save the nice clean ones for the crafters. Smushed and dirty ones go in my small steel bucket.
Related to the pop top post and along these lines, i pulled only the nice clean tabs off my cans last night. Pretty sure the crafters only want the shiny ones, based on the craft photos i linked to.
Anyway, all magnets seem to be worth more than scrap.
Nice! I see you have the blue and green tabs pulled aside.
Where are you planning on selling?
I like the 'ninja stars'. Clever name for them. And "steampunk" gears for the last pic?
Can I have cookie jar?
An nice collection. the stars/gear thinamajigs are cool to.
Sirscrapalot - having fun playing spot the item with pictures
Heh. It looks like fortune cookies but I'm sure their not.
We gotta be careful Mick, those stars look sharp. S4E might have just come up with a way to deter cookie thefts.
Sirscrapalot - Me want cookie! - Cookie Monster
Woohoo, I should get points for this!
I think I just came up with a new game/contest for sometime in the future.
Still nice tab collection, you can tell you cleaned them up real nice you'll make some crafter quite happy.
Sirscrapalot - Don't think I don't see the candy to.
Dun.. Dun.. DUUNNNNNNNNNNNN
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