Gallery: 6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

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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1. Thrift Stores

Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person, thrift stores are often a wellspring of junk you don’t want. But every so often you’ll find a gem. Mondays are the best days to go because most people drop off their unwanted belongings on the weekends, which is also when junk dealers go hunting for trashy treasures. Most importantly, don’t rush through: comb through the offerings slowly and open your mind. You’re bound to find something worth giving new life.

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2. Yard Sales

Again, yard sales are something of a crapshoot since people sometimes want to pawn off their ugliest belongings. But sometimes it happens that people have to move far away very suddenly and have to get rid of all their belongings as quickly as possible. And those are the gold mines. Everything is sold for cheap and you’re bound to find something that with a little sandpaper and paint and added paraphernalia may become the new talking piece of your home.

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3. The Side of the Road

No, seriously. People leave stuff on the side of the road for the same reason as they stage yard sales. Except sometimes this stuff is so cruddy it can’t even sell for a penny. But we have heard stories of DIY experts who have literally found old pieces of furniture languishing on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, given them some love, and turned around and sold them for a nice price.


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