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October 5, 2015


It’s not just for the frugal anymore, everyone seems to be getting into repurposing and reviving older pieces of decor.

With a number of television shows on the subject it seems some people even make their living off salvaging.

But even if you’re not up for starting a new career, salvaging your grandmother’s chest of drawers or your grandfather’s guitar case could be a fun and rewarding experience.

Here are just four of the reasons why you may want to consider salvaging your (or someone else’s) old furniture instead of buying a new one or leaving them out on the curb:

  1. It unleashes your creativity. Salvaging or repurposing old furniture requires a huge dose of imagination and out-of-the-box thinking. It forces you to see the potential in old and/or damaged chairs, tables, cabinets, and the like. If you’re looking for a truly rewarding, mentally stimulating and artistic activity, salvaging old furniture is for you.
  2. It lessens waste. Repurposing pieces of furniture—or at least, a part or some parts of it—benefits our planet as well. From 2018 to 2019, Australia produced almost 76 million tons of solid waste. We can lower this number simply by maximising our furniture instead of hastily throwing them out after using them for only a few years. Do your part in saving the environment and upcycle your stuff instead.
  3. It saves you money. One of the primary benefits of repurposing furniture is the cost-savings. Compared to a brand new dresser that costs $1,000, for example, a second-hand one found in thrift stores, online marketplaces, and flea markets can be bought for a fraction of that. And if you’re really lucky, you can even get it for free, particularly if the previous owner is really determined to just get rid of it.
  4. It brings back good memories. If the furniture previously belonged to a family member with whom you have fond memories of, keeping it—and improving its look and maximising its functionality—is one way to remember and honour their memory, particularly if they have already passed on. Heirloom furniture that carry sentimental value are great conversation-starters, too. 

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