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posted 5/28/2011 8:36:54 PM |
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i was sitting here going over a few blogs, and suddenly thought what is that desk in my bedroom good for? i'm planing on selling it for a few bucks once i get thru the sorting and tossing phase of all this. they a bit low, but you can always raise them with cinder blocks. but how about using it in the kitchen as a prep table if you have room? a coat of paint to cover the dents and scratches, and you don't have to dish out any more money for something you already have. use the hutch to put your spices and canisters on, the shelves for spices. and if you want or need to sit to do your chopping or cutting, slide a comfy chair under it and go to work.

they might also be good as a gardeners work bench. the hutch could hold what ever small chemicals you may use, like insecticides, or special items, and put your compost, top soil, fertilizer, or anything in big bags under neath. could even put a few blooming flowers on top. just make sure it's painted. particle board doesn't do well when water gets to it. got room to hang or store your tools on or in it too.

i'm sure you can find a lot of uses for them. i have one or two other ideas, but what can you use one for?

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Wordsofwit

May 28 @ 8:51PM  
particle board

To me that makes the value virtually nil. If you actually have a need for it, that's one thing, but if you just trying to find something useful to do with it, you probably don't need it.

Two/three years ago I had a desk in a spare room that fit that description. It was too big to move out without disassembling it. I didn't feel like taking my time to do that, so I got a saw and cut it in half, then out to the curb. I am fairly certain that I blogged about it.

The other idea if you don't want it is to offer it, and similar items, on CraigsList free of charge if people will haul them off. Trying to sell some things is just more trouble than it is worth unless there is enough of them to warrant a garage sale.
RJ53

May 28 @ 8:56PM  
Better to get an outside space at a flea market on a nice day if you want to get money for anything like that. I don't know about elsewhere but garage and yard sales do terrible around here and it is not worth the permit you have to purchase to have one.
sawduster

May 28 @ 8:57PM  
i know, particle board is useless outside for any length of time. but since a lot of folks are into reusing something, it's a start. i refuse to use particle board in anything, for the most part, but sometimes, it will do the job and not cost as much as plywood. just keep it away from water. a good wooden desk will last for many many years, and only need some polish and a good dusting.
sawduster

May 28 @ 9:04PM  
don't have to worry with a permit here. and this week there is a 95 mile yard and garage sale going on. they have encouraged everyone along that stretch of state hiway to do it this week end. but i've got another week of work to do before i have anything ready to sell. i'm also going to use craigslist for some of it.
Wordsofwit

May 28 @ 9:50PM  
Well considering that, you might want to consider having a sale in the early fall after football season starts as you may have missed the boat for a garage sale this spring.
sugarnspice005

May 28 @ 10:04PM  
Actually, garage/yard sales are quite popular in some areas. Around here, as soon as spring and decent weather hit....one can find sales all over the place through till about late August/early September.

Craigs List isn't too bad..just got to watch out for the scams. I remember when I sold a car and posted an add on CL. Got an "offer" for around $3,000 higher than what I had advertised the car for. Claimed to be part of a church group buying cars to "help the needy". Said they would mail me a check to cover "shipping fees". I never bothered replying to that..just deleted it.

My Dad not too long ago found an 6 drawer dresser on a curb, stopped, looked it over to see if it was solid/sound and brought it home. Mom sanded it, painted it..and now they have a pretty cool tv stand for their flat screen tv. They took the two top drawers out and left it open for the dvd player to fit under the tv.


I guess as the saying goes, "one person's trash is another person's treasure".
Wordsofwit

May 28 @ 11:26PM  
Where my daughter resides, once a year in the spring, the county will come around and pick up any large items by the side of the road. She will make the rounds in advance and has found some beautiful oak furniture that people have painted over. She has learned to look at the bottom of a surface to see what it is made of. She then sands it down and refinishes it. She has sold a lot of it at a healthy profit through CraigsList.

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