It may have come to your attention that this whole business would be cheaper, and well, plain old easier if we didn’t use reclaimed wood. Let’s face it, new lumber from big box stores is cheap and plentiful and would add a layer of simplicity to this entire business model.
And, as you might have read in my story about how this business started, I thought the same thing at first. So why the switch?
As I looked into the possible routes we could take, I saw this opportunity to build something deeper. First, I saw the environmental impact we could have by making beautiful things out of trees that had already been cut down. That was enough to convince me.
But as I dug deeper, I found this whole new layer of good this could do. Helping people get jobs, supporting non-profits, and raising up our community. I truly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships, and that by participating in this good, we all benefit. We have even made it a part of our ongoing mission to seek out and create opportunities to fundraise and help other non-profits in the area so we can expand the circle of good we are able to do.
And it got even bigger. As a small business owner myself, I realized I could use my business to also support other small businesses. We can host events in local establishments. We can cross-pollinate when we advertise. We can do corporate events!
And of course, there’s you. You get a fun experience and an awesome story to tell. When you take your craft home, it’s is not only reclaimed… it is reclaimed by YOU into something completely new. It is both a piece of history and a fantastic story to tell. And heck, it’s also pretty.
The list of opportunities for us is endless. And I believe as Reclaimed By You continues to grow, we will form new partnerships and find new ways to extend the good into the community and beyond.