Let your intentions be good – embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words and unselfish deeds – and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work and play and serve.”
Grenville Kleiser, author
Whether she knew it then or not, Rachel Ropp was fulfilling her purpose. Out of necessity, she began repurposing old and used furniture because she and her husband didn’t have the money to buy new. So she took old family furniture, applied her man-made tools and God-given talent, and created completely functional and unique beautiful furnishings for her home.
Friends and family saw her creations and soon, she was receiving requests to do the same for them. And suddenly, a stay-at-home wife and mother had to, out of necessity again but also demand, create her own business. Revamp & Revive.
But this year, her success achieved a whole new level.
Last year, she took an old armoire and turned it into a turquoise and grey masterpiece for a specific purpose. She wanted to sell it to raise money for a woman with breast cancer. She posted it to her Facebook page. Her post garnered a lot of attention. One call she received was to create gifting tables in the celebrity lounge at this year’s Grammy Awards. She also created a centerpiece. She repurposed an old piano…with water flowing over the keys.
Another story I heard recently involved a garage sale. A woman had put most of the items out for her garage sale. But she had two kitchen items she had not made available for sale. Something told her to hold them back for a while. Later that afternoon, she decided to put the two items out. Just as she did, someone walked up and said those were two items she needed to buy for a friend who needed them badly.
There’s at least one common factor in both of these stories. It’s finding value in something someone else had used and discarded or put away. A coat of paint and a few embellishments can be transformative. Tearing something apart and reconstructing it can create something totally new. There’s value in everything. It may take some work to resurrect it but it’s there.
Another common factor in these stories is what happens at the intersection of need and value. In the second story, someone desperately needed those two household items. And probably would have paid any price for them. But the seller sold them at a reasonable price.
But with the armoire, both Rachel and the buyer did more than transact the sale of a refurbished work of art…but they may both have helped save a life. And what’s more valuable than life itself?
Take a look around. What do you have that may not be used much anymore…and someone else may be needing it….and willing to pay a good price for it? What do you possess that you could easily paint or repair…and sell to someone who needs it?
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
Special thanks to my friend Pam Grout for sharing Rachel Ropp’s story on her website. I met Pam about 20 years ago in a poetry group. She is a mother, traveler and inspirational writer. She has written over 15 books and numerous articles for publications such as People and The Washington Post. She’s one of the people I’ve encountered in life who has inspired both my creative voice and spirit.