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Make Money with Pinecones
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.
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.
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.