Is Metal Detecting Worth It?

When someone chooses to start a hobby, they usually don’t weigh their options when it comes to the total investment needed to begin the hobby versus the monetary return they’ll get from doing it, if any at all.  That is because after all, it is just a hobby: an activity done in one’s leisure time for pleasure, not professionally or for pay. 

But metal detecting is an exception when it comes to hobbies and that is because the items you find literally can and do pay you!  However, that payoff can be very minimum at times and that may not be the main reason you decide to start metal detecting in the first place. 

With that in mind, is metal detecting worth it? YES!

Yes – Metal Detecting Is Worth It And Here’s Why…

There are so many positives when it comes to trying to decide whether or not metal detecting is worth investing in as a hobby, because first and foremost, YOU TRULY CAN FIND TREASURE!!  With that statement, it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyways), metal detecting is worth it!

Loads of coins and treasure found in Toronto, Canada.

Not many other hobbies exist where you have a chance at finding something worth thousands of dollars while simply just walking around, enjoying a day outside.  If the possibility of finding things worth thousands of dollars doesn’t sound good, here are several other reasons to help convince you why metal detecting is a worthwhile hobby.

Does Metal Detecting Take Time Away From Your Other Hobbies?

I would be lying to you if I told you that your other hobbies won’t be affected should you decided to pick up metal detecting as a new hobby.  I was an avid golfer, playing 3-4 times per week and even enjoyed competing in a few amateur tournaments, but then I decided to get a metal detector because I wanted to go on an “adventure” and with adventure meant finding treasure. 

In order to find treasure, I either needed a map with an “X” on it or I needed a metal detector to locate that treasure buried in the ground.  Well, since I had no maps with an “X” on it, I opted for the latter and the rest is history.

Playing golf began to take a backseat when it came time to choose what I was going to do with my free time as the treasure bug had hit me hard. 

The more I dug, the more I fell in love with the hobby which meant less time for activities like golf.  It didn’t matter if I was digging zinc pennies, pull tabs, tin foil, or silver coins, I just loved the “thrill of the hunt” feeling. 

Preparing to go out detecting after reading up on an a recent article that will give you places to go metal detecting, another blog post I wrote, could help kickstart the treasure hunting motor inside you and may create excitement as you begin to think about the treasure you could unearth all around you.

Can You Make A Living Metal Detecting

If you’ve ever thought about trying to be able to make a living from metal detecting, you’re not alone. Being able to build a career around doing what you love is something many people strive for. In order to make a living from metal detecting, it will take being creative and doing more than just swinging your coil over a few coins or rings if you hope to earn enough money to live sustainably.


Everyone has their own reasons when it comes to starting a hobby.  Metal detecting is no different.  Regardless your reasons whether it be metal detecting for profit, for exercise, to explore the outdoors, or to just make some new friends, metal detecting is most certainly a hobby that is worth it.

Why do you metal detect?  Has it replaced any of your hobbies and if so, what ones?  Leave a beep below and let me know.

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