In with the old, out with the new – The art of repurposing
An old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and for people who’ve gotten into the art of repurposing, they take this phrase quite literally. Repurposing is the art of turning something, usually something old and neglected, into something useful and beautiful. And nowadays, the art of repurposing is gaining a lot of buzz and attention again, and for good reason.
Why should I get into repurposing?
Many of us have a good amount of what can be considered as junk lying around our homes. Oftentimes, it’s either our laziness or sentimentality that keeps us from letting go of our precious yet space-consuming junk. For people who have trouble letting go of junk, here’s a bit of good news – repurposing and upcycling is huge right now, and with a little time and effort, you can actually turn that junk into something beautiful, or better yet, something worth a lot of money.
In fact, thanks to the internet, profiting from your upcycled and repurposed items is so much easier than it was back then. Back in the day, people would scour garage sales, antique stores, and even junk shops looking for old furniture, appliances, and even pieces of wood to upscale. Today, the internet is awash with places to buy and sell old stuff, meaning your next project is just a click away. And just as easy as it is to find junk on the internet, it’s also a breeze to advertise your newly repurposed projects up for sale online.
Another great thing about repurposing? You’re basically recycling instead of throwing stuff away. Tons of people throw old stuff out just because they’ve got a few dents and scratches, and this isn’t just a huge waste of money, it’s filling up our garbage dumps too. This means you’re making a huge contribution to Mother Earth by keeping trash off the streets and turning something old into something useful again.
How do I get started?
What exactly are the limits to repurposing? The truth is there are no limits when it comes to repurposing and upcycling. You can do something as simple as turning corkboards into jewellry organizers and paper clips into wire organizers, or you can also do something that requires a little more effort, like turning old doors into mirror frames and empty bottles into light fixtures. The possibilities are endless as long as you’re creative and dedicated.
Hit the net to search for ideas for your first project, and remember to keep it simple and start small. When you get the hang of it, move on to bigger and more complicated projects. Not only is the internet full of inspiration and project pegs, it’s also the best resource to learn how to go about stuff like carpentry, finding the best type of paint, and all sorts of crafty stuff. Even if you’ve never hammered a nail in your life, the internet’s probably going to be able to teach you that too.
Let’s get to it!
If you’re interested in learning how to get into repurposing and upcycling, tune in for the next set of posts where we’ll explain some important tips for beginners, and give tons of resources to help you get started as well. Pretty soon you’ll be well on your way towards turning trash into some extra cash.