Did you know you could strike gold in the next two minutes? In fact, without even leaving your chair, you can probably see a device or accessory that has gold inside it. Gold surrounds even ordinary people in ordinary homes. You just need to learn how to look for it. Whether you merely want to collect gold or you want to sell it for some extra spending money, this blog will tell you how to find it without leaving your property.
Go Through Your Jewelry
Have old, broken, or unattractive jewelry? Don’t throw it away. It may still have a purpose. Lots of jewelry has a precious metal of some kind in it. In many cases, it has yellow, white, or rose gold on or in it. You’ll probably have to take the jewelry to an expert to make sure. Even if the jewelry looks plastic, it could still have gold (or another precious metal) in the earring post or clasp.
Sort Through Your Coin Collection
A coin collection has significant value by itself, but if it includes gold coins, it’ll bring you even more money. Gold or gold leaf coated coins will feel a little more pliable than other coins, but you’ll probably have to take them to a coin expert to tell for sure.
Collect Old Electronics
Do you have old computers or cell phones collecting dust in your basement or attic? Have you wanted to junk them for years and haven’t gotten around to it? They may give you one more useful service before you throw them out. Gold conducts electricity very well, so manufacturers put it in most electronic devices. You’ll find it in motherboards, processors, disc drives, adapters, etc. You may not have the tools or safety equipment to remove the gold yourself, so research removal techniques beforehand. If you can’t do it yourself, you can have an expert do it for you. Besides computers and cell phones, other electronic devices that contain gold include:
- DVD/Blu-ray players
Collect these electronic devices. Since gold costs a lot of money, you could get some extra cash from selling these electronics.
Recycle Old Appliances
You’ll also find gold in regular appliances for the same reason you’ll find it in more sophisticated devices. Do you have old refrigerators, blenders, toasters, hair dryers, or other appliances sitting unused? They could have gold in them. You won’t know for sure unless you open them up and look. Since you no longer use them, don’t worry about accidentally breaking anything.
Take Apart Your Old Car
If you own a junk car that just sits around, then you own a potential gold mine. Manufacturers often use gold on a variety of parts, including:
- Anti-lock braking system chips
- Airbag inflation system chips
- Heat/thermal insulation
Depending on the car’s make, model, and year, it could contain a lot of gold or not much at all. Ask an automobile expert in your area to learn more.
Look in the Grass
If you have a metal detector, you could go on a miniature treasure hunt through your yard. Check your lawn and flowerbeds. You could find old coins, jewelry, glasses, silverware, etc. Take a shovel with you–you may have to dig these things up. Just remember to put the lawn and flowers back after digging.
Sort Through Antiques
Sometimes your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents leave treasures behind in your inheritance. Look for old coins, jewelry, pins, and even old tooth fillings or crowns, which some people keep when they have them replaced. You might not know it, but you have gold around you all the time. You probably shouldn’t take it out or off of anything you use now, but if you have any old appliances you can definitely collect that gold and turn it into a little extra cash. All you have to do is look in the places listed above.