Free Items You Can Sell

Did you know, some items you can find or collect for free can be sold for cash!

Most of these items will be used primarily for crafting. However, they may be used for any hobby, such as fish keeping, cosplay and home decor.

Sea Glass

Sea glass is composed of broken pieces of glass that have been tumbled in the ocean for years until their sharp edges have become smoothed down, giving them an aged and frosted appearance. This natural process occurs due to exposure to sun, salt water and rough sand, hence why sea glass is such a prized treasure at beaches. Every piece is unique, just like snowflakes.  Some pieces may be smooth with no pitted textures, while others feature pitted textures while still others boast frosting effects. Shape also plays an integral role.  Triangular pieces are more common while oval “egg” shapes are rare indeed!

Sea glass value depends on many factors, including its color, size and condition. As it gets older it becomes increasingly valuable. Beachgoers can often estimate its age by looking for certain characteristics, such as frosting or pitting which require longer time in the water to form. When searching for sea glass it is also important to look in appropriate locations.  Busy town beaches typically don’t make good locations, while remote rocky beaches tend to offer greater potential finds.

Driftwood

Driftwood refers to the woody remains of dead trees that end up floating through river, lake or ocean waters. 

Aquarists utilize driftwood as decoration in their fish tanks, giving the fish an environment similar to what they find in nature.  Hunting, hiding from predators, and laying eggs are all activities that occur within an aquarium’s ecosystem. 

Driftwood must first be prepared with care, in order to be used effectively in an aquarium environment. This usually involves sandblasting it to remove its bark and reduce tannin release.  This can be a complicated and time consuming task that must take place prior to being used within an aquarium.

Driftwood that floats through the sea typically becomes colonized with salt-tolerant bacteria and fungi that break down wood fibers into compost, followed by its subsequent use by secondary inhabitants like gribbles (tiny crustaceans) and shipworms (bivalve mollusks), who use its hollow spaces as shelter or substrate. As more than 100 species of marine fish use the driftwood as shelter or substrate, more creatures emerge to exploit its resources.

Pine Cones

Pine cones are woody, cone-shaped structures that are typically found on conifer trees, such as pine, spruce, fir, and cedar. These trees produce pine cones as a means of reproduction, making them an essential part of their life cycle. Pine cones can vary in size, shape, and color depending on the species of tree they come from.

One of the most intriguing features of pine cones is their ability to open and close. When a pine cone is mature and ready to release its seeds, it opens up, allowing the seeds to disperse. This process is often triggered by environmental conditions such as temperature or moisture. On the other hand, when conditions are unfavorable for seed dispersal, the pine cone closes tightly to protect the seeds within.

Pine cones play a crucial role in the reproductive cycle of conifer trees. The female cones, also known as the seed cones, produce and house the seeds. These cones are usually larger and take longer to mature compared to the male cones, which produce pollen. The male cones release pollen, which is carried by the wind to reach the female cones, enabling fertilization to occur.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweeds are cultural icons, symbols of America’s love affair with the Wild West. They roll across deserts and vast landscapes in Western movies, conveying desolation and a sense of the vastness of the West. But while tumbleweeds are a beloved symbol of the American dream, they’re also invasive species that can damage wildlife habitats, clog irrigation canals, and irritate farmers who try to eradicate them.

A single tumbleweed can produce 200,000 seeds. The plant has a unique ability to disperse those seeds by rolling around, so it can establish itself in new areas and outcompete other plants. In addition, it is a fire hazard and a host for agricultural pests.

Tumbleweeds are also considered an invasive species because they outcompete native plants for water and soil nutrients, especially in bare and eroded land. They’re unpalatable to livestock, leading to selective grazing and further enlarging the weed population, and they can clog stormwater channels. The plant is also a hyperaccumulator of cadmium and synthesizes high concentrations of calcium oxalates, which cause kidney stones in cattle.

Getting Started

The first step is to determine what you want to collect. Since Ebay is a primary place to sell, start there with your research. You should look at current auctions, and try to research any past sales to get a view of prices and quantities.

Consider what is available to collect in your area. Are these items available locally, or will you need to travel to collect any items.

You must know if you can legally collect the items, and this may require you to research state or tribal policies. You should avoid collection on private property without permission. Some items may have a significance to indigenous populations, and should not be removed by outsiders.

Consider value added steps. This may require more effort, but can you earn more by improving the product? Examples would be cleaning, polishing, and sandblasting. While startup costs will be higher, you may earn more per item with value enhancements.

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