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Make Money with Pinecones

Updated on April 17, 2013
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Who Cut the Wood?

One year before the snow fell in my small mountain community in California, I decided to cut my own firewood. I always purchased cords of wood each season, but thought I would escape the increasing prices by cutting it myself this year. Many of my friends did it, so I thought, 'What the heck.' I rented a chainsaw, obtained a permit from the Forestry Dep't, then drove my truck up into the forest.


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A Stranger in the Forest

For the first time, and not really knowing what I was doing, I fired up the chainsaw and began cutting wood. Sawdust flew everywhere including in my eyes. Guess I should have worn glasses. Anyway, as I stacked the wood in the bed of my truck, I noticed a luxury sedan with the trunk opened, parked along the dirt road near me. With the noise from the saw and being blinded by sawdust, I didn't notice the car pulling up. I glanced around and noticed a nicely dressed girl collecting pinecones and placing them in her trunk. From the way she was dressed, I could tell she wasn't a local in our community.

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Cashing in on Pinecones

Curiously, I walked over to her and asked what she was doing. She informed me she owned a small craft store near the coast and pinecones were a hot item. She would take them home, spray paint them, sprinkle some with glitter, or decorate them in some unique but simple way, and sell each one between $10 to $35. I couldn't believe it! "People actually buy them?" I asked. She said her trunk of pinecones will sellout before the week was over. My wheels started to spin. I live in a valley surrounded by mountains with tens of thousands of pinecones everywhere. 'I'm sitting on a goldmine,' I thought. Who would have known? No investment and a 100% return! This idea could pay for next years cord of wood.

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    • chinared profile imageAUTHOR

      Just call me, Rick 

      5 years ago from Asia, and all over

      Yes, and to think my backyard was the National Forest. Some people are just more creative than others I guess... haha. Thanks for reading.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible what one can do with pinecones definitely a creative way to sell pinecones.

    • chinared profile imageAUTHOR

      Just call me, Rick 

      5 years ago from Asia, and all over

      Hi, naturalife... Thanks for reading. I'll certainly read her hub regarding pinecones, thanks for the recommendation.

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      O William 

      5 years ago

      Hi Rick,

      This is the second interesting hub I'm reading about making money with pinecones. A week a ago, Heather (Hubpages name: Mommymay), a Hubber from Ohio I follow, published an hub about scented pinecones. It is creative and fascinating turning things around us into something people will like and buy.

      Here's the link to Mommymay's hub: http://mommymay.hubpages.com/hub/My-Ebay-Challenge...

      Great hub, thanks for sharing.

      Naturalife.

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