woman looking through salvage materials
Photo: Beth Perkins
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Getting Started

It started with discarded dining chairs that she rebuilt and freshened up by painting scenes on the backs. A shop owner offered to display them, and within a week she'd sold five. "I was a student working at a deli. And then all of a sudden I was like, 'Forget buttering bagels, I'm making $100 a chair,'" says Cheryl.

Shown: Cheryl pulls out a tin ceiling tile stored in a carport beside her shop.
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