INDIANAPOLIS - From forgotten furniture, to discarded windows and doors, an Indianapolis blogger is inspiring women across the country to save money by giving new life to abandoned objects.
Beckie Farrant, a thrifty mother of two with an eye for design, has garnered thousands of followers by showcasing so-called Roadkill Rescue projects under the motto, "One man's trash, another woman's treasure."
"I just kind of scope out trash day. That's when people throw away the most amazing things," she said. "I like finding things I can turn into other things."
From an old crib made into a hanging jewelry box, and a banged up cabinet refurbished to hold the family's games, Farrant posts before and after pictures, along with step-by-step instructions, to feed her followers' creative appetites.
"She can really have a vision for something that other people just see as something they would throw away," said Farrant's husband, Tim, who is a minister. "She'll say, 'Stop, stop the van.' And I'm like, 'What?' And she'll look over and see something."
The blogs have been so successful that Farrant said she makes more money now than she would if she had a fulltime job, thanks to online ad revenue.
While she doesn't sell any of her Roadkill Rescue projects, she does give them away and offer them up for charity.
Abi Byrd, of Greenwood, bought one of Farrant's pieces, a toy box, at a charity fundraiser.
"It was originally a shipping crate, and Beckie found this," Byrd said. "It's something we'll have forever, and our kids will get a lot of use out of it."
Farrant, whose how-to projects have also gotten attention among DIYers on Pinterest, said she hopes to show women that they don't need well-stocked craft rooms to get started, just a little creativity.
"I love empowering women to try and do it themselves," she said. "A lot of people say, 'I couldn't come up with those ideas, which is fine, you can copy my ideas."