How one man’s trash, can put money in your pocket.

Hey All.  Sorry for the recent lack of posts. I’ve been busy scheming.  Today I would like to share my latest scheme with you.

It’s all about upcycling.

I first considered the idea when I saw it on a super clev post on the blog The Slacker Method.  They suggested getting some cheap thing at a garage sale, fixing it up, and selling it on craigslist fo a nice li’l profit.

Fast forward a few weeks, i was running in my neighborhood and i passed this little gem: 

it just looked so sad. with it’s middle drawer so sunken in, and wheels on only three feet.  i thought about it the rest of the run home, then turned around, walked the couple blocks back to it, and rescued it. Those three wheels may have made it comically lop-sided, but they sure were handy for wheeling the little guy back to Lee Crest.

In the days that followed i made a trip to ACE hardware for sand paper, paint, a four inch wide paint roller (cute!), and a little piece of wood to fix the sunken in drawer situation. It was tough to give up some of my hard earned money at the hardware store, but i knew i would have fun painting (also, the money i spent wasn’t too “hard earned.” It was from my last money making scheme: doing some usability testing for a start-up).

So i spent a few hours over the next few days sanding, painting, and listening to podcasts.  I used plates and cups and a pencil-on-a-string to draw circles on it, and i painted those in too.  It turned out pretty cute, if i do say so myself.

And, in fact, I did say so myself… in my “Super Cute Dresser!” craigslist ad.  I got an email that very night, and the next morning a lovely little family showed up to take it home for their new baby’s room.  I made back my supply money, and then some!

So if you’ve got some time on your hands, and some creativity in your heart… Upcycle.  It’s fun and fun-ding my next several trip down to the coffee house.

p.s. got a recesh survival scheme of your own? comment away!

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7 responses to “How one man’s trash, can put money in your pocket.

  1. Rhonda

    Will you paint me one?!

  2. theindiehandbook

    I once spent $3 on some first editions at a resale shop and sold them for $1000. Or at least I could have. I decided to read them instead. A fair trade, I’d say.

  3. Nano

    You are amazing and I think you should be a writer because I would buy your book and hey…thats a start.

  4. this is such a good idea! seriously, i was so impressed by the finished product. what a cool/creative/productive/fun way to make a little cash! well done, lokate!

  5. Wow. So amazing. You really have talent! May you can do our super ugly bookshelf someday!

  6. Balloona Fish

    OMGemima! I wish I had known about it; i would have bought that cyut lil dresser mahself!

  7. Excellent post thank you for the info

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