Refurb Inc.

TeenBiz – Idea #14
Refurb Inc.

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Idea
Buy old wooden furniture, fix it up, and resell it. You can also simply do “wood repair”, pick up the piece from customer’s home, fix it up, return it.

Where To Buy
-Thrift Stores
-Yard Sales
-Moving Sales

What to Do
With wood, you can easily restore the original look using a few simple tools. Sand paper (easiest if you have a disc or belt sander), stain, paint brushes and polyurethane finish. First you will want to clean the entire piece by removing old stuck on boogers, food, etc. While you can restain anything without sanding, sometimes it is good if there are faded or darker areas to sand them a bit to match the rest of the piece. You can only go to a darker or brighter color without sanding. If you sand the whole thing down to the original bare wood you can go with any color you would like. One its ready, use a couple coats of stain over the entire piece with the color of your choice. Let dry between coats, slap on a couple coats of polyurethane after you are done to protect the surface and give it a glossy sheen.

Where to Work
If you do not have a garage or shed to work in, try a storage unit, a decent sized one is only $25 a month and will give you plenty of room to work and get your business started.

Where to Sell
Find a family with a house on a prominent corner and ask them if you can have a furniture sale on their lawn if you give them a cut of the profits.

You may also want to pass out flyers when left without anything to do for wood furniture refurbishing. Pick the piece up at their house, fix it up, bring it back a couple days later (it may only take you a few hours but keep it for a couple days so it seems like it took a lot of time and work)

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Amish Furniture said...

I like the part '(it may only take you a few hours but keep it for a couple days so it seems like it took a lot of time and work)'. Works in a lot of situations i guess. Good theory.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog was pretty good. I liked it.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a pretty good idea for a young entrepreneur interested in this kinda stuff. i mean its pretty cheap to do and itsan easy way to make money. It is an excellent theory and it should be seriously condsidered by young kids who are looking to make a quick buck. Great idea!!!
- Steph

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great idea on how to make a good profit. By finding furniture for little money or for free and then fixing it up would be a great way to make some money. Its very creative and wouldn't be too time consuming either.
-sydney

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the blog was pretty good. It was very interesting.
--Rachel

7:13 AM  
Anonymous MIke said...

The refurbing idea is rediculously fantasmic, yes, fantasmic. I will probably never refurbish anything ever, however, it was a good idea. Keep up the great work Tommy!!

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the idea of "refurb inc," is a great idea for young entrepreneurs who are looking to make a quick buck.
to take funiture off the street and fix it up wouldn't cost that much becausse maybe little to nothing could be wrong with it and then it can be taken and turned into a nice profit Great Idea!!!
-Steph

7:18 AM  

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