MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — You have probably heard the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” but one Michigan City woman gives real meaning to the saying by transforming old unwanted furniture into beautiful works of art that residents just can’t get enough of.
Angela Ritchey says she is backed up with orders for custom “renewed” pieces of furniture that she makes and sells under the name Time and Again Furniture.
If you are like most residents and browse through the Facebook Marketplace looking for great deals, chances are you have already seen some of her works of art.
It all began approximately two years ago during a fundraiser for her church, Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Michigan City where she serves as the church’s Executive Administrative Assistant.
During the fundraiser, Ritchey and her sister decided to take old pieces of furniture and renew them by sanding them down, fixing any blemishes or broken pieces, and giving them a complete facelift to resell at the fundraiser.
Once the fundraiser was over with, however, the furniture kept on coming.
“After the fundraiser, my sister said, ‘We’re pretty good at this, we should keep doing it.’,” said Ritchey.
Ritchey and her sister continued to collect unwanted pieces that people had tossed to the side of the road until her sister moved back to Arkansas.
Even with her sister gone, Ritchey continued to dish out her masterpieces to anyone who would want them.
After homeschooling her two daughters Maria and Moliena for 13 years, Ritchey decided to continue her work to help pay for her girls to go to college.
“All the money I make from selling my furniture goes to their college funds,” she said. “I don’t want them to have to take out student loans and get into debt so I sell furniture.”
Whether it’s her Marvel dressers, Batman desks, or decorative china cabinets, Ritchey’s creativity and imagination shows through on each piece she creates sometimes spending 12-14 hours a day in her backyard under the hot sun working on her projects.
“I do several pieces at a time…line them all up on pallets and work my way down in my assembly line process,” said Ritchey.
Ritchey spends most of her time in her backyard working in her makeshift workshop on her projects when she is not working at her church or tutoring children in sign language.
Once pieces are complete, Ritchey posts them for sale on Facebook in various area garage sale groups and on the Facebook Marketplace where people go crazy for them.
“I made a table and chairs set the other day that sold within five minutes of me listing it,” Ritchey said.
Residents who have seen her work have become so interested in her pieces that she now takes on custom orders where clients will tell her what they are looking for and how they want it to look and she will hunt down the pieces in local thrift stores and yard sales and fill the orders.
Angela says that she has become so busy recently with custom orders that she no longer has time to make other pieces and fills an average of 12 to 15 orders every month.
For more photos or information, follow Time and Again Furniture on Facebook.