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Retailers Turn Trash into Unique Treasures

Suzanne Pierce, co-owner of J.P. Lumber in Oakland, Iowa, and her sister, Trudy Weaver, found a unique way to reuse old tools and broken household items. The sisters collect these items, which would otherwise be thrown out, and construct unique pieces of yard art. Their creations are big sellers with high margins—and, of course, they’re eco-friendly.

See if you have any old or broken pieces at your store that you could reuse in a similar way. Items like these get people talking and often create unique niche opportunities.

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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