From Trash to Treasure, with @TracyHutson

The Picker Sisters, Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen, travel across the country to find reclaimed trash that they can upcycle and transform into amazing pieces which they sell in their store.  Their television show followed their adventures as these best friends and interior designers found ways to use discarded items.

My husband is fascinated by this concept of trash to treasure, even though I have never actually seen him upcycle anything.  He loves the Picker Sisters’ show as well as shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars.  This month, the Picker Sisters are teaming up with Glad® Black Bag and Keep America Beautiful in an effort to celebrate and cleanup life’s wild moments and then find incredible and smart ways to reuse the trash.  With Earth Day approaching, here are some of the Picker Sisters’ tips for upcycling items for your home:

Think about how a piece will function.  Design your projects using materials that will suit your lifestyle.  Your creations should be both beautiful and functional.

Mix it up.  Don’t be afraid to mix old with new, modern with antique, or rustic with mid-century. Doing so can make your space more interesting and unique.

Spruce up your pieces.  Looking to freshen up your dining room chairs because they’ve endured their fair share of spills?  Don’t throw them out.  It may be easier than you think to reupholster the cushions with a fresh, new print, or, perhaps something spill-proof.  With just a few key tools – such as an electric staple gun, pliers and screw driver – and you can have a fresh-looking dining set.

Look around for ideas. While magazines, the Internet and nature are all loaded with images and objects that may spark a design idea, some of the most exciting or original inspirations can come from unlikely places.  Keep your eyes open and draw inspiration from all around you.

In keeping with the theme “trash to treasure,” Glad Black Bag is working with Keep America Beautiful, whose mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. They collected trash, wild life remnants and items donated by celebrities, such as Jesse Eisenberg, Raphael Sbarge and Nathan Kress.  The items were used by reknown mosaic artist Jason Mecier to create four beautiful works of art that are available for auction on eBay now through April 26th by clicking hereProceeds from the sale of these pieces benefit Keep America Beautiful’s Great America Cleanup events.

Lucky for me, Glad Black Bag sent me a box of product to try out as a thank you for raising awareness of the art auction for Keep America Beautiful.  It was perfect timing because we are in Spring cleanup mode around our house.  We use one bag for garbage, one bag for items to give to friends, one bag for donation and one bag to sell or take to a consignment store.  I can honestly say that these bags are large (I received the 30 gallon but they also come in 33 gallon), tough and sturdy.  Not one of them ripped open or tore as I dragged them around the house and filled them with items.  The kitchen bags I had been using, on the other hand, rip every time I take pull them out of the can to take outside.  Now, if I give my husband the bags to look through, do you think he will find any items to upcycle, or will he just continue to watch people find treasures and upcycle them on television?

Have you ever upcycled an item you had or found?
If so, what was the item and what did you create?

To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit  To connect with the Picker Sisters, visit For information on GLAD trash bags, visit


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad Black Bag and received a Glad Black Bag product and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. Hi,

    Nice site you have here. I saw you at least week’s #commenthour and am finally making the rounds!

    I hadn’t heard of the Picker Sisters before but will definitely check them out sometime. My hubby is a mega-scavenger!


  2. I love the Picker Sisters! I’m not crafty so I haven’t upcycled anything. I do like to save older items and either display them or donate them.

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