Though some people may be different, if you’re anything like me, you often get a sudden urge to build something cool. It could be a robot, blinking light, camera rig, or anything really, but most of the time these things aren’t useful. You simply want to see if you can do it, perhaps producing a video of it for the world to admire.
The question then becomes what to do with these now-disused parts. Some things can be made into another device, but sometimes you just need to clear out space for the next project or even a move. Throwing something away is the easiest option, but it’s wasteful, and contributes to ever-growing landfills.
Another option is to sell your great but unneeded tools and parts on the Tindie Flea market. To list something, log on to Tindie, list your “product,” then select “Flea Market” as the category. Let’s face it, our workshops are full of things that wouldn’t necessarily be valued at a “normal” garage sale. But that old analog scope, the tray of processors, and your third solder station that’s gathering dust under the bench deserve a home where they’ll be used and even cherished. That’s what the flea market is all about.
For that matter, it’s a great place to find stuff that you wouldn’t find at most garage sales, and is certainly worth checking out as a potential buyer. At the very least you can see what the Tindie flea pictured above is pushing around in its cart. Given Tindie’s mascot is a robotic dog named Ohm, I’d have to wonder what his thoughts on this guy would be.