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#1 posted 11-30-2012 09:19 PM

It’s a matter of whether you can make the stuff people
want to buy.

In furniture terms, get the catalogs like Restoration Hardware,
Pottery Barn and so forth.

If you can build in the various shabby chic styles or incorporate
reclaimed materials in your stuff, you’ll be working in a
market of stuff people want to buy.

I should mention that a lot of what makes people want
a piece of furniture is the finish, so if you can get good
at painting and distressing furniture you can salvage old
stuff and give it the look people want in their homes.

Of course tastes vary and some people don’t like
distressed furniture. Refined work is more trouble
to build, more time consuming to finish, and tricky
to move without it getting damaged. If a table that
is supposed to look beat-up gets even more beat-up
in a store or by you carting it around to craft markets
it can still be sold without dropping the price.

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