CHICAGO — Ten years ago, Meg and Joe Piercy were practically broke. They were stuck in the middle of a home renovation and the contractor had walked off the job. With a baby on the way, they couldn’t afford a changing table.
“We didn’t have money for a changing table,” Meg Piercy said. “We were too proud to ask our parents for money and we had gotten ourselves into this mess and our neighbor had just gotten rid of a chest of drawers.”
They seized the chest of drawers before the garbage collectors could. The following nights they sanded and painted it. It went well. So, well, actually, their friends encouraged them to sell it. Put it up on Craigslist.
“So we sold it for $85 and it was like, ‘Huh, that was kind of fun. I can do this,'” Meg Piercy said.
It became a hobby for her.
Meanwhile, Joe Piercy learned the building trades to complete the unfinished work on their home himself.
The new skills led to a business – furniture and home decor. They now have a 10,000 square foot store in Logan Square where you work together to refurbish and redo parts and then sell them.
“Few couples work together, but we actually work together. And we are raising our family together. And we’re actually together probably 22-23 hours a day,” Joe Piercy said.
They complement each other through their strengths.
“I feel like our relationship is kind of like a mule — like Meg is company up front and I party in the back,” he said.
The couple’s chemistry caught the attention of HGTV , the popular cable channel focused on home improvement. They just launched a new show called “Renovation Goldmine”. The show follows the Piercys as they help Chicago-area families find the so-called “gold mine” of valuable furniture already inside their clients’ homes.
“Renovation: doing new things,” said Meg Piercy. “That’s what we wanted to do with people. We wanted to bring life and light to the city center, that’s what I was doing. He did it through the church. Then the gold mine. The reason it’s called a gold mine is because we constantly remind our employees, our children ourselves, to find the gold in places and things.
The show airs on HGTV at 7 p.m. CST on Saturdays.
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