What can make thousands of grown men anxiously line up nearly every weekend before the crack of dawn with their pockets full of spending money? No idea? Then you must not have been exposed to the swap meet and scrap yard phenomenon. Hordes of loyal disciples await these weekend events like sports fans awaiting the Super Bowl or World Series. The only difference is that you are on the playing field, not the sidelines, while on a swap meet or junkyard trip.

And like a professional athlete, to become a swap and scrap champion, practice, planning, and skill are necessary. A person who knows what he’s looking for and who can haggle for the best deal can score some major good buys, while an unprepared participant can end up collecting pieces that are only good for a personal landfill. Follow along while we point out a few tips to get you scrounging like a pro.