Tafline Laylin

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

by , 03/19/13
filed under: Recycled Materials

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4. Craigslist

This is so obvious it is almost cheating, but Craigslist is a fantastic place to find used furniture, shipping pallets, and vintage goods that would be great for a weekend upcyling project. Word of advice: it’s always best to go with the folks who include a picture of what they’re selling, otherwise you don’t know what you’re getting, and don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions, like “dude, what’s wrong with this 1950s TV and why are you selling it?” At the same time, don’t let something broken intimidate you either. Realize that there are a million ways to transform a broken old TV into something new – like a hollowed bookshelf, for example.

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5. Auctions

Auctions are especially good for experienced DIY enthusiasts who want to make money from their upcycled design projects, since the items sold there are often on the pricier side. But even if you can’t afford to buy something from an auction, it’s great for getting a sense of what’s available. Old barn tables, hutches, pickling jars that might as well come from another world, antique brands, and so on. There’s literally no end to the amount of stuff that we as a society has accumulated that is now out of fashion, just waiting for someone to spruce it up.

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6. Estate Sales

Likewise, estate sales can be pricey, particularly if you happen upon a really wealthy family who has a stash of heirlooms worth millions. But this is also potentially a gold mine venue for cool stuff – depending on how eager people are to be done with the whole sad affair of selling off a person’s lifelong collection of belongings. So what are you waiting for? The cold weather is finally starting to dissipate in the northern hemisphere and blossoms are sprouting tentatively, which means it’s a great time to give your little nest an exciting, but affordable facelift.

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