You like the idea of up-cycling, but can't find things to work on? Well here are some tips to help you!
Searching the internet for other people’s old or unwanted items is a great place to start your up-cycling journey! It might sound a bit obvious, but websites like eBay and Gumtree are bursting with all manner of great things just crying out to be up-cycled. The huge number of items posted on eBay and Gumtree, compared to the relatively low number of people looking for old, worn out objects, means you can often pick up items really cheaply! Very often sellers just want someone to take things off their hands.
On the subject of 'just wanting someone to take things off their hands', give away websites are an up-cyclers’ dream! Websites such as:
Preloved (this is a selling site but they do have a free, give away page)
Gumtree (this is a selling site but they do have a free, give away page)
These sites allow people to offer things they don't want to anyone willing to come and collect them. It’s free! Very often you can even request things!
'One man's trash is another man's treasure'; a statement which quite nicely sums up the brilliance of up-cycling. People often throw away things which are pure treasure to us up-cyclers! Keep your eyes and ears open for anyone getting rid of things or having a house tidy, it's a great way of getting free stuff. That said, you must always ask before taking something! This is how we at OpenForm acquired some of the things we up-cycle, our copper water tank, drinks’ cabinet for example.
The average house is full of an array of great things which can be used to make something unique. It's a brilliant way to get rid of an unwanted item and creating something useful.