Sunday, July 30, 2017

3 Types of Artistry That Can Make You Some Money

A while ago I wrote a post on my other blog about up-cycling and how to recycle and reuse items to save the environment. It also occurred to me that you can use these ideas to make money
and build a business of your own. Being aware of your environmental impact is always good, but when you can use other individuals' former treasure in a new way, profiting from it is even better of a feeling. At least that's how I personally feel. My hope is that you are able to improve your life and maybe even cut down on trash that gets eventually thrown away. This is just a quick recap of a post from my other blog. Read it here!

Furniture Recycling:

My post talked about refinishing furniture and buying used for yourself, but what if you turned around and sold those items you don't need for a profit? I have quite a few friends who do this for a second job or as a hobby and many have made quite a profit from it. Wood stain and paint can be purchased on sale and used for a lot of different pieces, which saves you money and allows merchants to be able to get rid of their old products and not throw them out at a loss, which to me is such a waste. Also, there are so many pieces of furniture that are begging to be redone and used again. It just takes a little skill and imagination to uncover beauty. Plus, once these items are refinished and repainted, you can even sell them with a decently high markup and you will find buyers, especially if they are done in a style that is very popular. Adding things like chalkboard paint also increases the usefulness and resale value of the furniture. Here are some books to help you start. There are also many YouTube videos and DIY websites you can look through as well.

Refinishing Furniture Made Simple: Includes Companion Step-By-Step Video
Refinishing Old Furniture: Start a home business
Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More

Creating Beauty out of Concrete:

If you love getting your hands dirty and understand that you'll need to put a significant amount of work lifting and mixing, then concrete arts might be your thing. With a little bit of work, materials, and a bit of a workout, you will end up with many different fantastic products. How is this sustainable? Think about this: What happens to all the tiles that are broken or extra during a building project or are broken during transit? what about using the broken tiles you find at building sites that just get thrown away, or go onto Amazon and look for tile shops who are selling their cracked or broken tiles. This way you can create mosaics on your concrete art and stop those tiles from being thrown away and filling a landfill. There are also tons of DIY resources where you can learn how to make things like fire pits and planter pots.
Concrete can create some pretty cool stuff if you're willing to put some effort into it and sell it either online or in person. You just have to find a product to make that isn't sold by everyone. This can take a while, but if you find something you could end up selling stuff as soon or even before you make it. I think this could truly be a fantastic way to have some fun, be creative, and make a little money. You can also save some money decorating your own outdoor spaces.
Here are some books you can read to get even more ideas!

Creating Concrete Art Furniture
Concrete Crafts: Making Modern Accessories for the Home and Garden
Creating with Concrete: Yard Art, Sculpture and Garden Projects 
Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More 

Fabric Arts:

If you're good with fabric and sewing, you can buy used fabric or remnants from places like Amazon, eBay, or other online retailers and cut it into squares for quilts or decorative items. This saves these pieces of fabric from being thrown away and can give you a huge sense of confidence and maybe even a few dollars in your pocket.
Remnants can be incredibly cheap, causing your profit margins to be larger than paying for fabric at full price and wasting half of it. I have seen fabric lots for under ten dollars for sale from many private sellers, which makes it even more cost effective. It can be so rewarding to take many unrelated pieces of fabric and turn them into beautiful things.
Here are some books on fabric crafts and sewing for you to look at.
Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric

There are so many things you can do to earn some extra money if you just look...being creative helps too, but you don't have to have a ton of imagination to have a little fun making things with your hands...who knows what another person will love of yours unless you put yourself out there and dare to create.

Here's a link to my other blog if you'd like to read it. If you view it with a money making frame of mind who knows what you might think of on your own.

Thank you

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