Winter is FINALLY over . . . and whether you plan to "dwell" or sell, don’t be too quick to trash your hidden treasures or set them aside for a spring garage sale – consider “upcycling” instead.
So what is upcycling?
According to hipcycle.com, it is the process of converting old or discarded items into something useful and, surprisingly, often beautiful. Upcycling also gives an item a better purpose. Although both are incredibly “green” unlike recycling, upcycling doesn’t involve the breaking down of materials, but rather a creative way to refashion and sometimes repurpose them. The upcycled item is typically of better quality than the original and certainly an upscale, “refreshed” version of its former self. What’s old is new again, but with a twist.
Your Grandparents Were Probably Upcyclers
Although upcycling is considered “trendy” it is certainly not new – big in the 30s and 40s – it was considered an “age of thrift” when families needed to reuse and repurpose almost everything – over and over again.
This stylish bucket is made from a used tire . . .
how brilliant is that!
We are Still Doing It for Fun and Profit
Repurposed Belt Art
Crazy Belt Lady – Etsy.com
Not yet convinced? Here are some more amazing and fun examples:
Spray-painted yellow and topped with
plywood, three $25 Goodwill filing
cabinets “morph” into a stylish storage unit.
Vintage books are repurposed
to collect greeting cards.
Upcycling is . . . Simply Responsible
I couldn’t agree with hipcycle.com more – when you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream. The possibilities are endless and so are the things you can upcycle – suitcases, costume jewelry, furniture, clothing, housewares, old bathroom fixtures, tires and tools just to name a few – upcycling is only limited to your imagination.
So - sort through your closets, your attic, your garage and your basement – showcase what you love and the memories you want to keep, but in a new and unexpected way. How? . . . by UPCYCLING it!
Visit The Flaim Group's Pinterest board -"UPCYCLED DESIGN" for more upcycling inspiration.