Saturday, September 7, 2013

There is no such thing as junk

We are a long way from the days of keeping up with the Joneses. In this era of cutting down on waste and tightening our financial belts; Americans have adapted to recycling and up cycling. We don't have to settle for second hand items that are poorly designed or unusable. There are many artisans and crafts people on Etsy reimaging a vintage piece of furniture and remaking it into a new functional piece. 

On HGTV there is this great show hosted by Lara Spencer; called Flea Market Flip. It is a show where two teams compete against each other for 5,000 and are given three challenges to purchase bargains, remake their vintage flea market finds, restore them and then resell them for a profit. The winner is the team that makes the most profit from their sales. These flea market flippers have created unique items out of old vintage unusable items that would have filled a landfill somewhere in America. 


 On one show, a couple bought an old wood 1930's non-working radio cabinet for 45.00, they repainted it featuring the art deco design on it. Castors were added on bottom of cabinet, and shelves were made to insert in the body of the radio cabinet. The new cabinet was remade into a rolling bar cart. The bar cabinet sold for 225.00 profit, but the design   was unique and beautiful.  With a little creativity, many of these items can be reinvented and up cycled into a new furniture piece.

   Up cycling is a new trend that allows vintage items with good bones to be reused and recreated into a new different item. Artisans have created a niche business that not only benefits the up cycler's business model but the environment as well.  The less items filling those landfills, the better it is for the global environment.


Reuse Old computer mouse pads

Cut the computer mouse pads into small circles or squares that fit on the bottom of the tip of chair legs, add super glue and then add it to the bottom of the chair tip. This will allow the chairs to glide across wood or tile flooring without scratching the floor surface.

Charcoal to banish bathroom odors

Charcoal briquettes used in small portable grills can be used to keep odors and moisture away in bathrooms, place the charcoal in a small out of the way corner and replace about every three months. The charcoal will soak up the moisture in the bathroom and help to minimize bathroom odors; but not completely banish them.    This tip I got from a vintage book on using everyday household items to address problems around the home.