Often, the difference between junk store dust catcher and collector’s item is just one simple step: refinishing. I’ve put some time into learning this skill and find it very useful and profitable. My house is full of old furniture which I bought for next to nothing and made beautiful at low cost . . . and down in the basement right now is a piece which set me back $90.00 and should sell easily for over $300 when I’ve finished with it. The work isn’t exactly fun, I’ll admit, but now that I’ve perfected my methods I do find this home business to be truly absorbing and rewarding.
Heading for an auction or thrift shop? While you’re there, take a second look at those old tables, chests, and whatever shoved back in odd corners . . . and don’t be overly turned off by ugly paint or varnish. What’s under the surface may be a quality piece of furniture that will make a fine addition to your own home or which can be a welcome source of extra cash.