Here's another thought on how to get the most bang for your hard-earned buck from your storage unit. You did your research, you snagged the bin you wanted at the auction. Trust your budget, your instinct, and your bidding savvy. Now it's time to squeeze absolutely every possible dollar out of that investment. Sure, with all the time in the world, you can off-load even more items at your resell business; but, who has all the time in the world?! In addition, don't you think that taking the rest of the contents and hauling it off to the dump is literally the same as throwing your money away?
One of the tell-tale signs to look for when scoping out a biddable locker is the organization and cleanliness of the previous tenant. Are boxes labeled and taped-up efficiently? Are the top flaps just folded over one another to keep them shut? Are there any dreaded contractor-sized trash bags in the back corner? (Little can be more disappointing than someone else's dirty, unkempt clothes in a musty trash bag pile in the back of a bin). Are the contents neatly stacked and secure? And—most relevant to what I had in mind for today's post—are things propped up on any pallets to keep items dry and off the ground?
Ah, the magical world of pallets. Personally, I am constantly amazed at how versatile pallets are. Those bundles of firewood at the checkout counter of your local grocer? $5. Same deals at Home Depot or Lowes. It's nutty. I think you can do a little better at Walmart. Then again, I've found that most lumber yards will just give you their empty pallets if you ask nicely. Same with big electronics stores. I'm not even that good at that "asking nicely" thing and I still get plenty when I swing through, so they truly are fair game.
In an attempt to help our subscribers continue to think outside of the norm and flex those creativity muscles, I've decided to give a few brief run-downs for some truly awesome, and kinda funky, DIY projects to turn that stack of pallets from your latest locker into something far more profitable than free firewood. I know we're talking about making you money, but they tell me ya gotta spend it to make it. Shouldn't be news to you, either. Pick this stuff up wherever you tend to go for such things and with a one-time investment of about $60, you'll be good with the gear you need for these projects for about half a year. All of these projects can happen with these & very little more (and odds are, you have the extras lying around your house already): medium-grade sandpaper; box of drywall screws; 1 gal. Polyurethane; 1 block brush. That's it. You're good.
Now for the fun stuff: mentioned the firewood thing already, but that's not really gonna help to maximize your investment here. With a few screws to tighten up some wear and tear; a few applications of polyurethane with some sanding in between; and, some decently ventilated work space, you have yourself a real trendy headboard. Paint the planks varying colors or grab a stain and you can accommodate any interior. Boom! Pallets make amazing garden fence sections, too. Particularly for smaller, city living-sized yards...you know, the postage-stamp of an outdoor space they advertised with your first apartment downtown?
If you're feeling slightly more adventurous, take two pallets of legit stability and you're just a few steps away from a real comfortable, craftsman style futon/outdoor couch. Remove the bottom plank from one pallet. Secure it perpendicularly into the inside space on the second pallet with some screws. Pick up some heavy duty foam and wrap a drop cloth over it (one with dry, spattered paint creates a more vintage look and feel).
Throw those old patio furniture pillows against the back—the ones that have been sitting in the garage for 4 years; the ones you grabbed for $2 at that yard sale—and you have a solid, comfy piece of patio furniture. Throw some lockable wheels onto the bottom pallet and you're mobile, baby!
It's easy. It's fun. And, they look real good in a number of settings. Maybe it doesn't fit in with your current consignment shop's motif. No worries. For starters, it'll look good at your place. Once you get the hang of it, sounds like yet another profitable opportunity to maximize your turn around from every locker you get.
Something to think about. Have a great rest of your week. See ya around.