Re-purposed Garage Interview in Tulsa, OK
Ranger Roofing of Oklahoma, local roofing company from Tulsa, Oklahoma is presenting you Re-Purposed Garage, who make custom-made furniture. This interview is our way to highlight our community small businesses, biggest strength that every community needs.
- Company name and what do you do exactly?
Full company name
Re-Purposed Garage – reclaimed and reimagined with purpose furniture, lighting and art
- When did you start?
- Why did you start?
Tell us about your goals
My wife and I wanted a lavish wedding without the price tag so I started building props for the wedding using reclaimed materials. Others started asking if I could build things for them. One thing led to another and my small business was born. It is currently a hobby as I have a full time job as a mechanic. I don’t have enough business to do it full time and support our dreams. My goal is to do this full time.
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
My passion is recycling and this gives me a grand opportunity to recycle in ways that most things aren’t recycled.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
What is it that you love most about what you do?
I was in The Loft store in Utica Square around this time last year. They take on local makers and let them set up booths inside the store to sell their wares. I was having a great time meeting new people and talking about what it is I do and why I was there. A young lady, had to be around 10 years old, stopped by the booth, took a look at the furniture I had on display and loved what she saw. She asked me if she could have my autograph as she searched through her small purse for a pen and paper. I was thrilled to say the least. She handed me the pen and paper as she grinned from ear to ear. I signed it for her and she thanked me loudly. It was a great moment.
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
Start small, avoid borrowing money at all costs. Be passionate and driven about what you’re doing. Get business cards that clearly state all your info. Talk to everyone! Don’t be shy.
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
I am building one of a kind pieces going by the customers requests. I plan to never build the same piece twice. I use mostly reclaimed materials and repurpose things into the pieces that weren’t designed for what I’m using them for. I collaborate with the customer during the entire building process. I have ideas as I’m building and run them by the customer as I’m going.
- Are you involved in local community, and if yes, how?
I entered a design challenge for a local food bank in Stillwater. They needed a couple walls done that would display the names of all the donors. I received the invitation to this challenge after having my wine bottle privacy fence featured in the paper.
- Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Hopefully in a bigger space and doing it full time.
- Anything else you would like to add?
I love challenges and welcome any ideas someone might have.
Contact: How can people reach out to you?
Business name, address, phone, e-mail and links to your website and social media.
Daryl Keefer 405-614-0980 facebook.com/repurposedgarage firstname.lastname@example.org