I earn £1.5k a month & am paying off my mortgage by selling furniture I find in bins – it's a total money-spinner

A CRAFTY mum has revealed how she transforms old pieces of furniture she finds for free in bins – and then sells them for hundreds of pounds.

Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Texas, became a stay-at-home mum after giving birth to son Harrison in January last year and realised she wanted to make some cash.

She wrote: “After having my son in January 2020, I quickly realised I needed a creative outlet that also helped pay my bills.”

Maggie has since become a social media star with 314,000 followers on Instagram and 823,000 on TikTok, where she shares her furniture flips.

The passion started after the new mum headed to a thrift shop and found a wooden breadbox for $4 (£2.80) – and then transformed it at home.


Within a year, she was hooked with the process and started teaching herself how to flip furniture properly.

Now she rakes in hundreds per sale, and often sells pieces for four times what she spent on them.

Maggie finds some of her old furniture bits from Facebook Marketplace and online sellers – but often gets them for free in bins or at the side of the road.

This means sometimes her only costs are her DIY supplies, which she claims are inexpensive.

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Working in her garage, she will often sand down an item, repair any scratches or damage, and then give it a coat of interior latex paint.

She added: “When my son takes a nap, I'm sanding, priming, painting, staging, or selling.”

Maggie spends anything from 15 minutes to six hours transforming a piece – and rakes in up to thousands each month doing what she loves. 

After having my son in January of 2020, I quickly realised I needed a creative outlet that also helped pay my bills.

Now she wants to encourage others to do the same, and insisted: “You CAN flip furniture. “Before I found that breadbox, I was envious of other creatives.

“I found myself constantly thinking, ‘I wish I were creative.’

“Believe me, the potential is inside of you.”

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