After finally taking the initiative to learn how to draw sprite art, it's a lot more fun and challenging than I thought, but very worth it. Perhaps I'll open up a shop soon on the forums and get some feedback from you all
Salvage plugin. Craft something you decide you no longer need, or find an item you have no interest in, salvage it for scrap and resources. As you salvage items, gain EXP and level up. The higher your level, the better odds you have at succeeding, and the more material you'll actually acquire.