Upcycle your way to unique furniture and décor Albany Times Union A bench that was once an antique headboard; a dress made from plastic grocery bags or jewelry made from silverware: These are just a few examples of upcycling — the art of taking...
Creative minds do best at upcycling because it's such a formative process. Sure, you can use Pinterest for inspiration, but original ideas can be the most rewarding.
"I don't throw away something till it really has no value any more," says Steven Kroeger, from Albany. Kroeger sells his creations on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/stevenrolfkroeger. "I look at it and think how is it useful again. I learned that from my grandfather. He had quite a few children during the Depression."
Not only is upcycling good for the environment and, oftentimes, your wallet, but it's also more fun than buying new, says Sarah Trop, owner of FunCycled in Troy. At her store, they not only create furniture out of items they find, but they also build and refurbish items from a customer's collection.