This thread will be dedicated to the things people bring us.
One of the things I tell aspiring smiths is to develop a "magnetic personality". Part of that comes from getting to know people and they get to know you. Most people don't like to throw away stuff and if they think you can use it they are more than happy to give it to you. Sometimes they bring you stuff that is really out of this world. Always thank them and sometimes you might even make them a "thank you" gift.
Rule #10; "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."