Scrapping Antiques and Vintage Gear

Today, we will talk about great scrap items that can be used for more than just scrap…but as decorative designs and even as antique items. Old metal items like cast iron stoves, radiators, bathtubs, and even chairs are some of the most sought-after items for reuse for antiques and other decorative designs.

In late 2015, when this was being written, many of the steel prices were at multi-year lows, and many people did not want to pick-up ferrous metals because of their low values. But finding the diamond in the rough is very easy to do when you have many old antique-style items around for scrapping. Some multiple people/companies will buy these old items from you multiple times over scrap value if the steel items are in good shape.

  • Antique Shops – This will be your best bet, and you might want to establish a relationship with the owner or manager to get a good idea about what they are looking for and what you can provide.
  • Craigslist/Online Sales Site – No advertising method is better than the internet, and this is not changing. Having multiple pictures of your items online will only help intrigue potential buyers to ask more questions and gain interest.