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How to sell excess Home Goods

It doesn’t matter if you have a hobby which you love doing in your spare time or your attic is packed with unnecessary and old stuff. Selling excess home goods will surely bring in some extra cash without having to quit your job. You have a variety of options and all you need is to go out there and do it. Since there is demand for virtually everything you can think of, creating and selling your own DIY homemade goods can be a very fun and profitable activity. 

It doesn’t matter if you have a hobby which you love doing in your spare time or your attic is packed with unnecessary and old stuff. Selling excess home goods will surely bring in some extra cash without having to quit your job. You have a variety of options and all you need is to go out there and do it. Since there is demand for virtually everything you can think of, creating and selling your own DIY homemade goods can be a very fun and profitable activity. 

Getting the itch and flexing the creative part of your brain is probably the most difficult part of the whole process. An initial brainstorm is essential in order to choose the best small DIY business for you to dive in. Think of the things you enjoy doing, as well as the knowledge and skills you possess that you feel you could use. If you are skilled in activities such as sewing, knitting, jewelry making, cooking or even more complex stuff like carpentry or pottery, you should try doing it for a living. 

Before starting the actual sale, you should not forget to take into consideration where your product will be sold the easiest and fastest. No doubt, since the Internet turning your homemade passion into a living is easier than ever. Signing up on a few sites and specialized apps will definitely bring in the needed reach and efficiency to your homemade business. Therefore, you will be able to focus entirely on doing what you enjoy. 

I’ve always loved crafting and building. If you love tinkering in and out your home workshop, a good idea would be to take up woodworking or a similar hobby. You do not require that much of skills and knowledge. In fact, all you need is creative ideas to work on. Whether you want to make planters or tiles for raised-roof gardens, using a simple saw and a laser level are just enough to do. A good precision may prove to be very handy for your DIY projects and buying a DeWalt laser level is a cheap and effective choice. Lining up things perfectly will sell your product without an effort because line lasers can help you level objects both vertically and horizontally, thus eliminating the need of expertise in geometry.

On the other hand, it is important to be aware of the price your customers are willing to pay, how they are going to use it. You should also think of stocking up the goods you wish to sell. In this way you will avoid getting out of stock and your potential customers won’t have to wait for a new one to be crafted. With this in mind, making the product of choice in large batches and different variations of size, shape and even color, would significantly improve your sales performance.

Internet has made DIY businesses more reachable and profitable than ever. You don’t even have to invest that much. All you need is to give it a try. Getting rewarded while enjoying yourself has never been more accessible. Whether you want to scale bigger companies and really make a living or you just want to make some extra money doing what you are good at, starting a homemade DIY business will definitely feel an enjoyable and pleasant hobby.

Metal Detecting on a Beach

dude detecting on a beach with metal detector

If you are interested in going on a metal hunting spree on a beach, there are a few essential things you should know, to make your experience more productive and enjoyable. While using the sophisticated relic metal detectors like Tesoro Cibola, Garrett AT Pro or Fisher F75 will certainly help you, there are quite a few other factors, that determine whether your exploration will be successful or not. And with the right approach and preparation, you can get the most out of unlikeliest of places, and without an expensive metal detector. You can even get a waterproof metal detector, some snorkel gear, and hunt the shallow waters.

Getting to know the beach :

While there are upsides of exploring new territories, some people are not in an opportunity to diversify a lot outside their familiar ground.
In this case, it is good to expand your awareness of the beaches you hunt on, so you make the quest easier and with the maximum results.

Few things to keep in mind to maximize the finds :

-Observing the sand levels (low/high areas)
-Being aware of the time when the beach is the most populated
-Paying attention to the cleanup crew
-Being aware of other detectorists

The Hot Spots :

It can be intimidating and be distracting on a big beach if you don’t know on which areas to focus your attention to.
The hot spots you should start with are the dry sand locations like:
-The volleyball and various other sports courts
-Fire Pits
-The towel line
-Entry/Exit points
-Distinctive landmarks
-Lifeguard towers
-Secret, less visited locations
-Wide open space
The towel line is the area where the people suntan, usually leaving their belongings on the towels.
You can find rings, coins, necklaces, sunglasses or even other types of jewelry here.  People have even reported as finding metal meteorites.
Check the volleyball, football and even paved basketball courts, because not only players but the gathering spectators can lose their bracelets or watches in these kinds of places.
Entry and exit points can be very crowded, so the restrooms, for example, can be convenient places to look for peoples lost possessions, especially near the walkways and surrounding walls.
Distinctive landmarks – Anything recognizable people will most likely occupy with their belongings, such as big trees, walls, concrete constructions or dunes.
Lifeguard towers can provide good locations for the search, especially when the lifeguards are off duty people like to gather around them.
Fire pits can be the places of treasure, but they can also be full of trash. This can be frustrating for a beginner, so a valuable investment would be a sniper coil designed for those kinds of trashy places, and they also enable you to detect the larger metal objects, while also being able to catch the smaller ones as well.
At last, wide open spaces should be the last ones you explore, since there is the least chance for findings, but if you have time you should give it a try.
The timing of your pursuit can be as equally as important as the place.
Best timing considering everything would be just before the sunset, on a Saturday and Sunday night.
That is because the regular detectorists like to go in the morning the next day.

Hunting in the wet sand :

It is important to observe how the sand looks and feels.
When you press your foot down, does it sink through fairly easy or is there some struggle?
This is important, because it can show you how far deep are the targets and how heavy is the sand covering them.

The hot spots on the wet sand are :

-Troughs (They are near the water line and they cause a trench formation. Usually these will contain heavier items like watches and old phones)
-Scallops (These form inthe period between high and low tide, creating humps along the coast that are more shallow or deep)
-Pockets (The collection of items concentrated in a one spot)