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Floridian Finds Fair Value Flipping Furniture

A call center employee in central Florida finds that restoring furniture isn’t too hard with a bit of technique and finesse.
Arts & Crafts furniture Reselling

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What It's About

A call center manager finds a new calling flipping furniture.

Words of Wisdom

Ryan has some encouraging words for anyone looking to do something similar: “Start today. Right now. You can find an old piece of furniture for less than $500, pick it up and have it flipped before the week is done. Take action every day.”

Fun Fact

Ryan sources a lot of his furniture from garage sales and auctions, which he says are great resources for finding cheap furniture. He even got a few pieces for free through these avenues. Since he started over a year ago, Ryan thinks he’s refurbished hundreds of items.

Notes from Chris

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Ryan Cron’s inspiration for his side hustle came from a close source: his wife, Jessica.

In late 2018, Jessica restored their dining room furniture to reflect a farmhouse style. One morning shortly after, Ryan was getting ready for his job in call center management and they got to talking. Jessica mentioned that people would pay good money for refurbished furniture.

“Like how much?” Ryan replied.

“Probably $500 for a dining room table,” Jessica said.

Intrigued, Ryan asked her to teach him how she painted their table. She did, and within a week, Ryan was restoring an old dresser they purchased for $30 off of Facebook Marketplace.

The restoration involved Ryan putting on a new coat of paint, which only took a couple of hours, as well as $50 in supplies. This included $10 chalk paint and a $10 paint brush from Amazon, along with $20 in paint from Lowes.

Although he had no previous experience painting or working with his hands, Ryan realized he loved the task. Once he listed the dresser on Facebook Marketplace, it sold within two hours for $150.

He and Jessica were shocked at how quick it happened. It wasn’t too much work for a $70 profit—and even better, this was the first time they’d tried. Might they be able to replicate or even improve these results?

So for the next piece Ryan refurbished, he upped the sale price. It sold in less than a day.

The most challenging part of this project was learning the technique of making furniture reflect a farmhouse style. He messed up a bunch of pieces because he didn’t apply the paint or stain a certain way, or sometimes he would distress the coats too much. But through trial and error, Ryan perfected the skill.

He finally got his own truck and focused on the furniture business, bringing in between $2,000 and $3,000 per month. Although this was less than he made at his corporate job, he was much more content.

 
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"Start today. Right now. You can find an old piece of furniture for less than $500, pick it up and have it flipped before the week is done."
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