Secondhander Spotlight: Justin in Pittsburgh

letgo | May 26, 2020

Note: This Spotlight interview was conducted virtually. You can find the most up-to-date information regarding buying and selling during the COVID-19 outbreak in this post.

The secondhanding community is home to all kinds of collectors, upcyclers, and artists, so in our latest Secondhander Spotlight, we’re meeting a DIY enthusiast with an inspiring eye!

Following our Spotlight on a Brooklyn tech wiz, we’re going analog - so break out the sandpaper, and let’s meet Justin from Pittsburgh!

Who:

Justin

Where:

Pittsburgh, PA

Are you more of a buyer, or a seller?

Buyer, and window shopper! I look every morning, you never know what will strike you. I’m always on the lookout for a new DIY project, and the ‘free’ section of letgo has tons of amazing finds, especially in the city.

How often do you secondhand?

When I moved from a small town to the city, I secondhanded and DIY’d the majority of my furniture and decor. 

The city itself inspires me daily with its rich culture and architecture. I think that translates into my love for interior decor and always wanting a DIY project. 



Often, if there is something I grow tired of and it doesn’t work anymore, I’ll sell it on letgo. However, I mainly secondhand for the thrill of a new and unique project.

Why are you drawn to secondhanding?

To me, it’s important to always reuse and repurpose. There’s really no need to buy new anymore when there’s already so many items out there. Plus, styles tend to recycle themselves, so instead of splurging at West Elm, Target, or T.J. Maxx, you can save money by secondhanding, and there’s also a pride of uniqueness as you can’t find this anywhere else. 

Since I started posting my finds and DIY projects online, my friends are always asking where I found specific items. I tell them if you secondhand, you can turn anything you find into what you want. Sometimes I’ll repaint a picture frame at least ten times before it’s the color I want. 

Do you have a favorite find?

Definitely the bar cart, and the way it came out with a little spray paint. You would be surprised what a little sandpaper and spray paint can do to refresh a piece.

 
Got any tips?

Look for unique shapes - they are the best to paint! Also during Spring, people love getting rid of things.

Try to be early to new postings because the good finds go fast. If you think about it, the seller probably has hundreds of messages. I like to message them, introduce myself, and give them a compliment on their listing - and be persistent to score the deal.

Thanks again to Justin for sharing your story!

Want to see more of his DIY projects and tutorials? You can find him on Instagram and YouTube!

Note: This Spotlight interview was conducted virtually. You can find the most up-to-date information regarding buying and selling during the COVID-19 outbreak in this post.