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5 Reasons Why Metal Detecting Is a Great Hobby


The romantic notion of hunting for and finding buried treasure stirs up images of pirates and adventurers following a map marked with an X. The reality is, anyone can hunt for buried treasure, and it doesn’t take anything more than a metal detector. Here’s why metal detecting is a fun and sometimes lucrative hobby for people of all ages.


1. You’ll spend time outdoors

Taking up metal detecting will provide you with a great excuse to leave the house and get a dose of vitamin D while exploring different areas of your community. Metal detecting is an activity that you can do just about anywhere, in the city or the country. However, keep in mind that some areas such as federal land and historic sites ban metal detecting.


2. You’ll get some exercise

Metal detecting requires you to be on your feet and walking as you treasure hunt. That, combined with swinging your metal detector around (which is more than one kilogram) and kneeling down and digging for objects is good exercise for your entire body. It’s low impact and not very strenuous so seniors can also participate.


3. You’ll be able to do it with your family

In the age of the internet and smartphones, metal detecting is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. It’s as much fun for children as it is for adults. Grandparents can spend quality time outdoors with the grandkids. In fact, your family can explore together and learn about the history of your community through the artifacts you find.


4. You’ll find lost items

Some items such as watches or pendants have a person’s name inscribed on them. With a little digging, you can have the satisfaction of returning these lost valuable keepsakes to their owners. Moreover, if a friend or family member loses an item at the beach or at the park, you can come to the rescue and find it.


5. You’ll be able to make extra money

Metal detectorists (yes, that’s what they’re called) find rare coins, jewellery and other metal objects all the time. Depending on the marketplace, these items can be quite valuable. You can sell non-ferrous metals such as brass, copper or steel to local scrap yards that will recycle them into new materials. As an added bonus, the everyday loonies and quarters you find may buy you an ice cream at the end of the day!


Sell what you find in Edmonton

Whatever you find while metal detecting, bring it to General Recycling Industries Ltd. We buy and sell all types of metal. It keeps unnecessary items out of our landfills and helps preserve our natural resources. Recycling metal also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and lowers production costs for manufacturers. Contact us today to learn more about how to sell your buried treasure.