How many of you have thrown out an item because it was broken? The next time you get ready to toss something out step back and really examine it closely. Ask yourself if there is anything about it that can be reused? Try to see the potential in that item. Remember another person’s trash is another person’s treasure. The pictures and information we are sharing today are not just for booth owners, this includes anyone selling online. This is going to be a long blog post so you might want to go grab yourself a drink or a snack.
Some of you may remember me sharing this next pic on FB pic last year. It came off an antique dresser. I was lucky enough to score the frame. However, I put it in my never-ending-project-pile and it got shuffled around for several years. It was eventually broken beyond repair at the bottom. You can’t tell from the front side but it’s barely standing for this pic. So I decided to salvage the top. Keep scrolling down to see what I did with this piece.
This is after. I love how it turned out. It is definitely a statement piece. It looks great over the top of a door too, but I liked it best in this grouping.
This was another piece that got damaged in transport. I salvaged the bottom part where the drawers were and sold it. Then, later on, I removed the broken mirror and replaced it with chicken wire. I removed the side pieces and sold the sides pieces as architectural salvage and sold the mirror/chickenwire as a photo holder. I ended up getting more money this way than if I had just sold it in one piece. Don’t get me wrong I would never dismantle a beautiful piece like this intentionally. However, this one was damaged so it worked out in my favor. by selling this item in three separate pieces. I tried to find after pics but I can’t seem to locate them. If I find them, later on, I will add come back and add them.
I love this next transformation. They added cast iron brackets to the bottom to keep it standing and knobs to the top to hang things.
I saw this one at Ben’s Antique Mall. This used to be on top of an antique washstand. This is the towel bar holder, but the bar has been removed and the dealer displayed it upside down which was clever because you can use it as a shelf too.
I found this one on Etsy to show for reference.
I’m very hard on furniture. This is YET another piece that got damaged. The shelf was once the top of one of those tall floor shelves. So I was able to save this much of it and I removed the spindles on each side of the rest of the shelf and sold the spindles and the top part. So never look at a piece of furniture as a complete loss. If you have broken something, be sure to see if you can salvage any pieces.
I also saw this item at Ben’s too. It’s the side that came off a doll crib. These are great for displaying your linens or pinning old photos to them.
Arches, Molding & Pediments
When you are out junking make sure you look at items in all their detail. Maybe it’s something that won’t sell for you, BUT just maybe there is something on it you could salvage and sell especially if it’s cheap enough. Maybe you have some broken wood picture frames. Can you dismantle the wood molding and reuse it for something else?
Love this victorian fretwork on this next photo. This would have been in an archway of a victorian home. This dealer had this one priced around $100 but I have found them on Etsy for $500-1500. Of course, you would have to deal with shipping or mark your item as a local pick up only item. I’ve noticed a lot of Etsy sellers that have furniture only offer local pickup. This is another way to sell your furniture, but you have to allow people to come to your home or meet them.
This next pic is a beautiful pediment. Reminds me of a clock my aunt used to have. The top of the clock was very ornate like the one in this photo.
This next pic is a salvaged from a piece of furniture. This piece is going for on Etsy.
Have you ever broken a piece of china? The next time you break a cup or plate be sure to save the pieces. Did you know you can bag it up and sell it too? Crafters love this stuff. They use them for jewelry and making mosaic art. I saw a one 1 lb bag on eBay that had sold for $35.
These next five pictures are from a shop called Born Again Antiques. It’s located in Hogansville, GA. They are an antique store that specializes in Architectural Salvage. They have anything you can think of that has been salvaged out of an old house or store.
These items aren’t broken but they have been salvaged from previous items. These are just a few of the pics I grabbed. They have chandelier parts, old doors, windows, ceiling tiles and more. So the next time that dresser or side table is broken beyond repair salvage what you can from it. Take the hardware off. You can always bag it up and sell it.
I love these fancy door knob plates. I could think of several uses for them other than their original use. These go anywhere from $30 and up on eBay just depending on the age, condition, and design.
Chairs & Tables
If you have a broken chair save what you can from it too. Can you repurpose the back? Yes, people will buy the back of a chair especially if it has character. We have seen chair backs for sale as is and repurposed. If you have a vintage, upholstered chair that you aren’t going to recover grab the springs from the bottom.
I found this on Etsy. It’s $22 plus shipping. I think this would look great with a shelf on the bottom, hooks on the side and a vintage photo in the center.
Maybe you can’t salvage the entire back of the chair but what about the top? Look at what someone did with this next one. They added knobs and now it’s a cute little coat rack or basket holder.
I found these pieces for a couple of dollars each. I think they must have been on the back of a chair. They were nice and weathered too. I sold for $15 each on Etsy.
If you have a broken table. Grab those legs. Maybe it’s a stool, chair or ottoman. Can you reuse the feet? Does it have casters or any kind of hardware? Are there any kind of appliques you can reuse?
One time I went to the dump to get rid of some trash and someone parked next to me was unloading a couch. The couch had beautiful ornate, turned wooden feet on it. I asked them if I could have the feet. They said yes. I took them home gave them a good cleaning and sold them for $40 for the set. Not a bad profit for about fifteen minutes’ work.
Jewelry & Watches
Do you have broken jewelry? People love buying broken jewelry and watches. You have probably seen those jewelry jars at thrift stores. They used to be so cheap. You could buy a jar for $10 in my area. But not anymore. Now they sell for $29 and up. Just make sure if you sell these in your booth to tape them up really really well. Because people will open the containers and cherry-pick.
This lot of old watches sold on eBay for $607. I know it would be hard to get these prices in a booth. However, I’m showing these for reference as we do have a lot of booth owners that do online selling.
Lamps are another item you can salvage parts from. I love these recycled necklace holders at Resurrect Antiques They took an old lamp base and paired it with a rake head.
I saw this next listing on eBay and it sold for parts at $118.00.
How pretty is this cherubs base? Now, I find myself looking at lamps when I’m out junkin. I have sold several lamp bases on eBay.
This next pic if from Etsy. It is listed for $45
Wood Ironing Boards
Here is a funny story for you. I was cleaning out the garage one day and left this old wooden ironing board in the driveway. I forgot to move it and someone backed over it and broke the legs. Thankfully I was able to salvage the top. I put a hanger on the back and displayed at Christmas with live greens, a red bow, and Christmas cards. I didn’t get to take a pic because it sold within a couple of days. Now here is the kicker…before it had been sitting in my booth and no one wanted it. I had marked it down it several times then finally brought it home. Sometimes I think people just want a repurposed item.
This wraps up our post today. We hope you think twice before you throw out a piece of junk next time. Hopefully, this post has been helpful. We would love to see what you come up with your broken items. Please feel free to send us a pic or share it on FB.
In case you missed Friday’s blog it was called: 25 Vintage Items that Sell Year Round