Hey there - Scrapper Girl here!

Not having come from a long line of scrappers, I sort of fell into it by accident.

I went to college and got a degree in Liberal Arts, and after graduating I decided to pursue a career in acting. Of course, that's not an overnight proposition, so I have worked several different jobs supporting myself, including my present job as a bartender.

During a conversation with an acquaintance of mine, I discovered that I could make extra cash by scrapping. I learned the hard way, through trial and error. But now that I have a handle on it, I'm really enjoying it. Scrapping is fun! It's amazing what people throw away or sell for pennies, and I love the thrill of the hunt - you never know what you'll find, or what goodies can be discovered inside.

Keep tuned in to my Youtube scrapping series and I'll teach YOU how to put cash in your pocket by scrapping.

And, as always...thanks for checking me out!

Scrapper Girl's Rules:
  • Always check it with a magnet.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for it.
  • Make sure you are having fun.
  • A wink and a smile go a long way.

General Info:



Tip - Watch out for steel that has been chromed or yellow-coated die cast - both of these items can resemble brass. Grinding the surface of a questionable piece will let you know what you have.

The two most common types of Brass are Yellow Brass and Red Brass. Yellow Brass is the most common and is used in items like plumbing, buckles, jewelry and musical instruments.

Red Brass is usually used in a more industrial setting for heavier applications.



Tip – Copper has a reddish appearance but can add a green tarnish as it ages. Copper does not have a spark.

Copper types

#1 copper (clean copper)
This is copper with no foreign materials like paint, solder or attachments. Wire should be as thin as pencil lead or thicker.

#2 copper
Copper tubing with solder, wire with shellac, hair wire and borings.

Light Copper (sheet copper)
Copper roofing, flashing, kettles, pots and gutters are an example of light copper.

Insulated Copper Wire
This can be identified by cutting back the material on jacketed electrical wire to expose the copper.


Magnetic and non-magnetic

Tip - Old radiators are great to scrap. Be sure they are cleaned of steel.

Radiator Types

Auto Radiator
Most auto radiators are made of copper, lead and tin. They can be found in cars and trucks.

Aluminum and Copper Radiators
Found in air conditioning units. These units usually have large aluminum fins with copper tubing running through them. There is also a steel divider that should be removed.

Aluminum Radiators
Found in cars and air conditioning units

Heater Cores
Found in cars. They weigh several pounds and are mostly Yellow Brass.



Tip – A grayish color, this metal does not sparkle or rust and it is lightweight.

Aluminum Types

Aluminum Siding
The siding can be found on houses. Aluminum gutters can also be scrapped with siding. Be sure to remove any steel pieces like screws or rivets.

Cast Aluminum
This can be identified by the rough texture found when broken from the mold in which it was created.

E.C. Aluminum
This aluminum is used in electrical applications. It is soft and pliable. Busbar and wire are two examples.

Aluminum Cans
Roughly, 18 cans make a pound



Tip – A sharp knife can cut into lead and carve off a nice curl. Lead will also leave a mark on white paper.

Heavy Metal


Tip – prepare this type of metal by cutting it into 2 by 3 foot pieces

This metal is at least a ¼ inch thick. Demolished buildings, truck frames and heavy duty springs are some examples.

Appliance Tin


Tip – also known as major appliances, white goods or common shred

Washing Machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, dehumidifiers, conventional ovens, microwave ovens, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and residential furnaces are some examples of appliance tin.

Gold Plate


Tip – The older the computer the more likely it is to have more gold plating inside.

Computer towers, computer cables and cell phones have gold plating on the boards and connectors.

Silver Plate

Magnetic (yes, the metal under the plating is)

Tip – Like the gold plated pieces, you realize your best price selling silver plated items online.

Dinnerware, serving trays, pitchers and knick-knack decorations are a few common items that have been silver-plated.