People seem to love the dollar stores and the thrift(resale) stores. They just can not get enough of them, they sprout up like weeds. Add garage/yard sales and flee markets, well, there are a million people ready to give you some money. For an off line business one of the major funding issue is stock, along with employees, rent, and utilities. Get in your car, or better yet, get a cheap truck, and go looking around your town each night before garbage pick up. When I was a teen the amount of stuff I would take home, clean and fix, then put in my mothers ever present yard sale brought in pretty good cash, and I only did a few blocks around the homestead. In larger area, 50,000 plus in size, you can get a bunch of stuff. In my area, a city of 100,000+, I see lamps, stereo cabinets, chairs, kids toys, and all kinds of appliances. All you need is a storage area and a work area at first. A little know how, or the willingness to learn, and a small tool kit and you are off and running. One guy I know made an interesting set of shelves for his wife using the left overs from a few stereo cabinets and the pole pieces from those halogen lights that look like tall bird baths. It took a while to gather the matching parts, but it looked great. For online sales you take a few pics and weigh it out so you know shipping, and you are good to go. Create your own store and market the hell out of it, especially if you are making one of a kind creations. It opens the entire green movement to you. Shipping can be a flat rate. Find the furthest point that you will ship too, say if you live in Maine you would probably pick southern California, and add $10.00 or so. That is the flat rate for Shipping and Handling. Another option is to include the shipping in the price of the product and offer free shipping. Your profit will vary by distance, but, people will like the idea of free shipping. If this is done by people based on 100,000 per business you are looking at about 3,000 businesses like this in the US alone. Good luck and happy hunting.