DIY: 5 Ways of Upcycling An Old Dresser

Old DresserSo, you are an avid DIYer with a penchant for turning unwanted things into treasure, or you are just  trying to go green for the love of the earth. Auction is a great place to start as there are a myriad of goods that you can sink your teeth into with much gusto.

Dressers are versatile and come with different looks that will be revealed as soon as you take your creative mind and crafty hands to it. You can strip down or add on to come up with a visually pleasing and useful piece.

Here are 5 ways you can repurpose an old dresser:

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Simply take out the drawers and support beams inside the dresser and keep drawers for another project. Just doing this presents a whole new item but of course it doesn’t end there. You might want to leave a few drawers in to hold remotes and cables but that is really up to you. A great deal of sanding will give you a surface to repaint and you might want to replace the handles on the drawers. To avoid gaping holes which would be undesirable, consider replacing some of the bottom drawers with wicker baskets for extra storage. It really comes down to what you would like to see.

2.  China Cabinet

Remove your drawers which again can be used for another project and consider the type of colour goes with your kitchen decor. This will mean a pit of sanding down as dressers are usually darker and wouldn’t suit the kitchen environment. Pick the colour you desire and give your dresser a few licks of paint and voila…a china cabinet. You can then go ahead and arrange all your precious china.

3.  Bathroom Vanity

An old dresser can easily be turned into a bathroom vanity. You’ll need to remove the back for the plumbing but this would not require much work at all. Maybe a lick of paint to match the bathroom but leaving much of the details to bring some of those old charm into your modern bathroom.

You don’t need to pop into the furniture store to upgrade, just grab something old and upcycle. Remember to Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle and auction is the perfect way to start.

The Art of Upcycling

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Thrifting is still trendy and for those who love DIY, this can take on a rewarding hobby in the form of UPCYCLING! This is the process of converting old materials into something useful and often beautiful. 

At auction, there are items which come in to be sold featuring a few holes here and there, maybe scratches on wood or broken things. The reason why you find these things at auction is because they are still valuable even with their flaws.

Auction is a cheaper way of finding items to upcycle, turning the unwanted into additions for your home or profit. Upcycling is hardly new as people have been repurposing items for ages but it’s new lease of life is so welcomed.

Raw materials are so expensive but there is a lot to be said for a process that takes what’s already there and giving it a new life either for the aesthetic or the added value. It has such a positive impact on the environment.

You can upcycle anything from bottles, cans, newspapers, milk cartons, tires, suitcases, jeans, you name it. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!

Come through to our auction floors and find goods to give new life. Join the movement and let your creativity reign.

Tips to make your next auction day a success

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Auction is an amazing way to buy vehicles, goods, and even real estate at a lower price than regular shops and markets. Make  the next auction day a success by following these tips:

  • Dress comfortably. Check out the local weather report and dress accordingly. You want to be comfortable.
  • Eat something before you go. There’s a good chance you won’t have access to food while you’re there. Don’t forget to find out about food beforehand! Nobody wants to get stuck somewhere hungry, so it is always a good idea to figure out if concessions will be available. It’s also never a bad idea to pack some extra snacks and drinks of your own just in case.
  • Ask what types of payment are accepted. If the auction house charges a buyer’s premium and inquire about hauling/delivery concerns before you bid.
  • What kind of stuff will you bid on? You want to know what you are interested in ahead of time. Look at those pictures on the website or show up to auction earlier. If it is breakable stuff you may want to bring some packing material just in case. If it is larger items you may consider bringing a truck and/or trailer.
  • Don’t bid on anything you don’t examine in the preview. Most items are sold “as is, where is”. This means that there is no refund or return of the item if you are not happy with it, or if there is damage to it that you didn’t notice. You want to make sure you check out the items you are interested in thoroughly before bidding.

You have to keep in mind a lot of the items you are bidding on have been used, so take the time to see the full conditions of those items you are interested in.

  • Know the terms. It is vital that you understand what the terms of the sale are before you arrive. Terms of auction house are posted or included in brochures and catalogs. Look at those terms and ask some of the following questions in your mind as you review them: What kind of payments do they take? Cash, Debit cards, Ecocash? Is there a buyers premium? If so, how much? Are there any warranties or guarantees? When do the items need to be removed? Can I make arrangements if I need to come back to pick up? Know the terms, and don’t let the terms surprise you!
  • Set A Price Limit! It’s possible to get caught up in the bidding excitement. Determine your limit in advance on specific items, and stick to it!
  • Finalize Your Purchases! Proper auction etiquette would be to pay for your items as soon as possible after you are done bidding. If the auction has concluded, you should finalize your payment prior to packing and removing items from the building.

Come through to our auction house at Plot 7213/4 Kachidza Road Cnr Mulalika Road.

Or contact our Team: Leonard – 0955987728, Tim – +260 956 797 513, Bernard – 0955 987 726

When Our Hammer Falls, the Market Jumps!

Would You Pay Big Bucks For Entertainment Memorabilia?

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Auction is a wonderful way to obtain items that meant a lot to someone that plenty of people around the world loved and held in high regard. In past years people have been able to own the personal items of superstars like Elvis or Michael Jackson as a way to have a little of their lives to have and to hold. This is called auction memorabilia.

Just recently the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76 more than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by her were put up for auction.

The items went on display between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9. at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and the auction l took place in person and online on Nov. 10 as part of a two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll at the Hard Rock.

People are willing to pay big bucks to augment memories of an idol with items that were dear to them or to sell at a later date when the price has become even higher  with the passage of time.

If you could have something that belonged to an idol of yours, how much would you be willing to pay for that privilege?

 

Buyer’s Benefits at Auction 

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There are so many reasons why a lot of people prefer auctions to buy goods, here are some of them:

  • Buyers determine the purchase price 
  • Smart investments are made as properties are purchased at fair market value through competitive bidding
  • The buyer knows the seller is fully committed to sell
  • The buyer can view many items at the same time
  • Auctions eliminate long negotiation periods
  • Auctions reduce time to purchase property
  • Purchase and closing dates are known in advance
  • Buyers know they are competing fairly and on the same terms as all other buyers
  • Buyers receive comprehensive information on the property via the due diligence packet

Whichever benefit strikes your fancy, Hammer and Tongues will make your auction experience worthwhile.

Contact our Team: Leonard – 0955987728, Tim – +260 956 797 513, Bernard – 0955 987 726 or visit us at Plot 7213/4 Kachidza Road Cnr Mulalika Road.

When Our Hammer Falls, the Market Jumps!

First Auction of the Year!

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Featuring in our very first auction of the year on Saturday the 5th of January are these ex-NGO V8 Engine 4×4 Vehicles, three being 2008 models and the fourth one a 2011 model.

There is also a wide range of goods that you will want to get for your office or home.

Come through to our premises and bid your heart away! Take the New Year by the horns and do not leave anything to chance!

Contact our Team LEONARD – 0955987728, TIM +260 956 797 513 BERNARD 0955 987 726 or visit us at Plot 7213/4 Kachidza Road Cnr Mulalika Road.

When Our Hammer Falls, the Market Jumps!

A Few Way to Kick Start the New Year

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The New Year has started and with it comes the desire for change. Here are a few simple ways you can employ to kick start the new Year.

Clear the Clutter: We accumulate a lot in our day to day  lives and most of these things are seasonal. There comes a time when they no longer have much use or they have simply been outgrown.

There is no need to throw anything away though, there is always someone who needs the thing that you don’t  so you  can give these things away. Mind though that these items  are gently used, you wouldn’t want to give away something you would not be happy to receive.

You  will also benefit for a deep cleaning of your space. Have the carpets washed, the walls scrubbed etc. Talk about a fresh start!

Take out some of those canned foods you do not see yourself using soon and give them to someone who will benefit from their immediate availability.

Do a Social Media/Digital Cleanse: Social Media is a great tool for community, family or business but it has its downfalls and there are times that you need to just let go some of your contacts. The interwebs can be a toxic space to navigate and you do not want anything to compromise your health in the new year.

It might also be worth your while to go through your phone contacts and delete the unnecessary, back up the important things like your photos of the holiday and clear up some space. This will optimize  your gadget’s speed and battery life as well.

Take your Car for Service: We spend quite a lot of time in our cars and it saves us a lot of time and money in the long run to make sure they are running at optimum level. If that’s not an option immediately, then maybe a nice  professional clean and oil check will serve you well.

Set Some Goals: You are the author of your story so it makes sense to put down all your desired outcomes and make sure you internalise them, this is the first step.

Practice Yoga/Meditation: We live in such a fast paced world that we need to  consciously take a step back and slow down. Yoga improves health, increases flexibility, promotes a balanced metabolism, can help with weight loss or maintenance, improves energy, and the list of benefits goes on and on.

Meditation can positively impact mental and physical health whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships.

So go on, have a Happy New Year!!!

 

 

First Auction of the Year!

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Featuring in our very first auction of the year on Saturday the 5th of January are these ex-NGO V8 Engine 4×4 Vehicles, three being 2008 models and the fourth one a 2011 model.

Come through to our premises and bid your heart away! Take the New Year by the horns and do not leave anything to chance!

Contact our Team LEONARD – 0955987728, TIM +260 956 797 513 BERNARD 0955 987 726 or visit us at Plot 7213/4 Kachidza Road Cnr Mulalika Road.

When Our Hammer Falls, the Market Jumps!

Industrial Break

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We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019.

Please note we are closing on the 15th December 2018 and back in business on the 3rd of January 2019. However our fierst auction day of the new year will be on the 5th January 2019.

See you in the new year!

When our hammer falls, the market jumps!

Massive Salvages Clearance Auction Sale

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ON BEHALF OF HOLLARD GENERAL INSURANCE

THIS FRIDAY THE 14th OF DECEMBER 2018 AT 10:30 HRS

VENUE: (ALONG MANCHICHI ROAD NEAR ORTHODOX CHURCH/COPTIC HOSPITAL, ROUTE WILL BE SIGN POSTED)

ACCIDENT DAMAGED VEHICLES TO INCLUDE:

2008  DODGE-NITRO – ABL, 2005  AUDI A3 – BAC, 1999  TOYOTA MARK11 – ALK, 1998  TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO – ABX, 2003  MERCEDES BENZ-C200 – ALZ, 1996  TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO – ALM, 1999  TOYOTA NADIA – ABZ, 2002  BMW 318I – ALP, 2004  MAZDA ATENZA – BAF, 2001  NISSAN MARCH – ALH, 2002  NISSAN X-TRAIL – BAF, 2012  FOTON TUNLAND – ALP, 2009  ISUZU KB240 – ABV, 2003  BMW 318I – ACV, 2006  MINI COOPER – BAD, 1999  TOYOTA COROLLA – ATB, 2006  TOYOTA RAUM – ALL, 1998  TOYOTA TACOMA PICK UP – ALL, 2000  TOYOTA RUNX – ALF, 2003  BMW 318I – ALB, 1997  TOYOTA STARLET – ADC, TOYOTA STARLET – ADC, TOYOTA CALDINA – BAC

DEPOSIT: VEHICLES – K,5 000 (REFUNDABLE IF AUCTION CONDITIONS ARE MET)

CALL: Leonard – 0955987728, Tim – 0956797513, Bernard – 0955987726

“When Our Hammer Falls, the Market Jumps”