A while back, I was looking to purchase a wine rack to store some of my wine bottles. Most of the wooden wine racks I looked at were priced from $50 to $200, depending on the type of wood and quality of workmanship. At the same time, I had an old bed frame I was looking to get rid of. I figured out that I could actually make a wooden wine rack from the bed frame, which is exactly what I ended up doing.
I already had a drill, saw, and the wood from the bed frame. I did have to purchase a box of screws from my local hardware store for roughly $5. It took roughly 1 hour to design and create the wine rack in my garage. I sized the rack spaces to hold a range of wine racks. This project was fun and saved me at least $45. It is also environmental friendly because I recycled, repurposed, and reused the wood from an old bed frame. I am also more proud of this wine rack that I made myself than if I just purchased another wine rack online or at a store. The wood may not be super expensive, but the workmanship is very good.
If I could produce two wine racks per hour and sold them for $65, making $50 profit each, then I would bring in $100 per hour. The challenge would be getting the sales, but it might be worth an attempt. The point of this blog is not to start a new business, but talk about recycling, repurposing, and reusing. Turning an old bed frame into a wine rack is not the only example I can think of. There are a lot of opportunities out there to recycle, repurpose, and reuse. If you can do this once per month and save $50 each time, you are looking at an additional $600 that can be used somewhere else. Can you think of any examples?