Scrap Metal Score

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Riding Lawn Mower Engine

While we were out yard saling Friday, my husband mentioned that he’d like to stop by the scrap metal place to see if they still had a riding lawn mower engine they’d had the last time he was over there. The engine recently locked up on one of our riding mowers, and they had the same engine.

Now, that might not sound like an exciting outing to you, but I was all in. This particular scrap place started pulling out the good stuff that people bring in, and reselling it, instead of recycling it. And I love that. So much good stuff gets scrapped because people are desperate for cash, or simply can’t see the potential of an item. I like that they’re giving some of that stuff a second chance.

And we’ve gotten some pretty cool stuff over there. My husband rarely comes home from taking a load of scrap without having bought something. It’s an absolute treasure trove, and everything is priced by the pound, so there are plenty of deals to be had.

This week was no exception. They still had the motor that my husband needed for our riding mower. They stuck it on the scale, and announced that it was $45. It spins freely, so if it fixes our mower, that’ll be a real bargain.

But that wasn’t out biggest bargain from the trip. Nope. Not even close.

Restaurant Shelving

Because when we walked through the door, they had this stainless steel restaurant shelving unit sitting there. One of the Chick-Fil-A restaurants in our town is currently under renovation, and someone (maybe the contractors) had sold all of their kitchen equipment for scrap. Crazy!

The guy up front mentioned that they had another shelving unit just like it outside. We went out to take a look, and sure enough, they had that along with a whole mess of other restaurant equipment. They even had the drive-thru window.

Since stainless steel commands a higher scrap price, and these shelves were beastly heavy, they were $75 a piece. That may sound like a splurge; it did to us, but we decided to buy them because they were so big and sturdy.

I’ve since looked them up, and they sell for around $700 new! $150 for shelves sounds so much better than $1,400 for shelves, don’t you think?

We’ve already put one of them to use, which is why I only photographed one of them. I’ll show you where we put it next month.

Vintage Aluminum Awning

But in the meantime, I’ll show you the vintage awning that we also decided to buy. It’s made of aluminum, so it doesn’t weigh very much. It came it at $13, but my husband asked if they’d cut us a deal, since we were buying so much, and they agreed to bring our $208 bill down to an even $200. So, I’m thinking of this as a $5 awning. I’m going to give it a fresh coat of paint, and then I think we’re going to hang it over the bathhouse door at the cabin. Now, I just have to decide what color to paint it.

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  1. wow, you made a good haul! those steel shelves? we have 8 sets of them and they are “the cat’s meow”!! we use them for lots of things…2 small (2 shelves/1 unit) we used as a table on the patio; 1 lg like yours we have in the garage, holding paper goods (foil/toilet tissue/paper towels etc); in his garage he has 5 lg units with all kinds of “his junk” on them!
    they are quite versatile…got ours years ago when a restaurant in DC was being remodeled (my father in law worked construction and brought them home). we moved them with us from VA to NC to WV…not light but wouldnt sell for nothing!

  2. We love scrapping. I am sad for all the time that we missed doing this because we only started with in the last two years. My husband ran a quick stop over there and made $84 but still didn’t take all the stuff that I wanted him to take. That would be great if they sold stuff but I don’t think that ours does that. It is nice that they don’t mark it up. Love the finds!! I just started following you so I can’t wait to see all your new posts but I am spending the evening looking at all your older posts!!

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