Turning Your Brass into Cold, Hard Cash

January 21, 2020 - Jewelry & Luxury Items

If you’re short on cash, it pays to find anything you can to pawn or sell.

You can pawn old electronics, jewelry, or that sword you no longer use to make some fast cash.

Brass is an often overlooked valuable metal. You might not realize how much brass you have laying around. Anything brass can bring you some cash.

If you have some here are a few ideas to sell brass for cash.

That Horn You No Longer Toot

If you once tooted a horn in your high school band but you no longer play, it’s time to sell it.

Trumpets, trombones, and other “brass” instruments made of brass will bring you some cash at a pawn shop. The condition of the instrument might affect the value of the horn.

But if you haven’t touched your trumpet in years, take it to a pawn shop and bring home some cash. You won’t miss the instrument and who doesn’t like a little extra money.

An Antique Gold Mine

You might have a gold mine if you have brass antiques. Pawn shops give cash for brass antiques.

The purer the brass, the better. Bright yellow brass earns some of the best prices. An iron brass radiator is lower in value.

Shop in your grandma’s attic and pawn what you find.

Does All Brass Pawn Well?

Not all brass sells at pawn shops. If it’s not something the pawn shop can resell, like an instrument or an antique, they might not buy it from you.

Try a pawn shop first. But if they won’t take brass scraps, that doesn’t mean you should toss your brass in the trash!

Brass that isn’t valuable to a pawn shop might be valuable to a salvage place.

A Plumber’s Paradise

Brass pipes and connectors are ideal items for scrap. Brass is a non-corrosive metal–perfect for plumbing. Many older homes are full of old brass plumbing parts.

Be sure your home no longer needs the brass parts. If they are in a box somewhere, they might be worth a trip to salvage.

High-Value Hardware

You’ll often find older door knobs, hinges, and light fixtures made of brass. If you update your home and replace these items, save and sell used brass fixtures.

You might also find brass screws and bolts throughout your older home. Toss them in the box of brass pieces and make some cash.

Bullets for Bucks

Brass bullet casings are common. Collect spent casings from your day at the range and sell them for cash.

Sell Brass to a Pawn Shop for Cash

Next to gold and silver, brass is an unsung valuable metal. If you sell your gold and silver jewelry at the pawn shop, you can sell brass too.

Before you head to a pawn shop, do some research on your brass item. Find out if the best shops in your area buy brass.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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