What do you mean, “People don’t just hang out at scrap yards?”

Scrap yards are awesome, at least if they’re run by awesome people. Besides all the neat stuff lying around that might be just the thing to fix up that old car you’ve been working on, or the perfect addition to your latest art project, they’re also a great way of making a little extra money these days. Scrap metal is everywhere, and a scrap yard can turn it into cash in your pocket.

Sure, there are a lot of places – especially online – which claim to turn your scrap metal into money, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Scrap metal prices are based on national and international commodities markets, and they change pretty much every day. Even if you’re trying to keep up with current rates, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be getting anywhere near the legitimate market price of your scrap through companies located hundreds of miles away from you.

So instead of fussing around with market rates and dealers you can’t really hold accountable, if you’re looking to make money selling scrap, why not just become friendly with your local scrap yard?

After all, there’s a lot more to a scrap yard than piles of metal lying around everywhere!

Well, OK, perhaps there’s not lot more, but it’s all about the presentation. Maybe you’ve been to scrap yards before run by burly guys with tattoos and large dogs you don’t want to get near. These sorts of places give scrap yards a bad name. Awesome scrap yards run contests. They encourage recycling. They work with local scrap metal artists.

And, perhaps most importantly, they help you make money during rough economic times.

So the next time you come across a bail of old wire, or you find a stack of old lead dishes in your attic, or you finally decide that “classic” you’ve been playing with is never going to ride again, don’t fret over how to get rid of your scrap metal while still getting a good price on it. Just make a connection with your friendly neighborhood scrap yard, one with transparent pricing, and you’ll always have somewhere to take these uncovered treasures.

You might even see something amazing that you never even knew existed.

Have you ever been to a scrap yard that made you want to come back to visit?