Make Money from Refurbishing (cont.):
Now that we have found those great deals, we have to figure out how to transform them into cash or keepsakes. I’m not an expert on this but I have a learned a few things about renewing thrift store finds, and restoring “junk” to its former glory.
If you are refinishing furniture for a yard sale, you might not want to put too much time and energy into it. When I get a nice piece of solid wood furniture like a desk or table I just clean, sand, and stain it using tips I read from DIY network. If you really do not want to mess with stains, you could prime and paint it instead- I would go with a neutral color to make it easier to sell.
A while back I purchased 3 non-matching side tables for a total of $10. After refinishing them for another $10 I was able to sell them at a yard sale for $12-$15 a piece, plus having these bigger items encouraged more people to stop at the yard sale and look around. I recently found a free desk that, with a little refinishing, will look good as new and I am excited about adding it to my yard sale collection for this coming spring.