Where can you find treasures?
From Trash to Cash
Over the summer, I decided to turn my hobby into something more. I was flipping through the channels on the television when I came across “Antiques Roadshow.”
The show caught my attention right away because people were walking in with old things, some of which looked like trash—like the stuff I had.
Appraisers were telling these people their items were worth big bucks!
I’m talking about mucho dinero!
That’s when the idea hit me. “Antiques Roadshow” made me realize that I could start taking the treasures I found from the past and begin selling them to help build my future. The only question was how to do it.
Starting a business isn’t easy and I didn’t have an actual store that people could come and visit, so my mom and I came up with the idea of starting my own website.
I keep all of my antiques in a little red barn in the backyard, so the name of my site came pretty easy. You guessed it: Red Barn Treasures.
Name one thing you can do on Kasey's website.
Drive a car.
Ask him to find you something particular.
Poke your friends.
To advertise, I ask permission to leave my business cards in local stores. I also pass them out to everyone I know so that they can tell people. I plan to talk about it on Facebook, too.
My mom works in marketing, which is all about advertising, so she has been teaching me the ropes. That’s where I get the ideas of how to spread the word about my business. She told me how important it is to talk about my business whenever I get the opportunity.
Can I find you an antique?
My very first customer was looking for an old wood-framed shaving mirror to put on her dresser. It took me a couple months, but I finally found one at a little thrift store.
I bought it for $3, and sold it to her for $21! I framed that first dollar for good luck!
Come on by!
I’m building my future from the past by taking three steps:
- I search for old things that look interesting to me, or that people ask me to find.
- I look up the history of each item and determine its value.
- I sell it to customers to make a profit.
That’s how I’m building my future from the past. I hope that you’ll visit Red Barn Treasures soon!