Just last week I was a first-time viewer of HGTV's Flea Market Flip. I was only watching because I forced my mother to watch 4 episodes of Family Feud and she asserted that it was her turn to choose.
Little did I know how relevant the content would be to my impending internship here at Goodwill Manasota. I observed as teams of 2 banded together to win the cash prize of $5,000. For those of you who haven't seen it, I'll explain the rules. Each team is given a budget of $500 and the two teams scour the flea market grounds in search of the items with the most potential. The contestants then buy their 3 objects and take them back to the show's alteration headquarters. They then spend the remaining time fixing up and improving their items for resale. The teams both have an hour to sell their new and improved merchandise and whichever team makes the most profit from their sales wins the contest and the $5,000. The contestants are only allowed to use what is being sold at the flea market on that day. As my third episode came to a close, I told my mother that it looked exceedingly difficult and I was glad that I wasn't a participant.
In case you haven't guessed, yes, those exact words did come back to haunt me. On the third day of my internship, one of my co-workers explained that Goodwill, specifically the department that I intern for, was responsible for entering a piece in the charity event put on by Goodwill and Art Center Sarasota called MASHterpiece.
MASHterpiece is an art contest of sorts in which 10 Manasota area businesses are to transform donated/discarded items only into eco-friendly pieces of art. So not quite as rigorous as transforming full pieces of furniture but still beyond the depth of my 6th grade art knowledge.
One of my more imaginative co-workers was overflowing with ideas that made my creativity feel dwarfed in direct comparison. We settled on a mammalian theme and headed to a Goodwill Bargain Barn in search of the most environmentally friendly materials we could find.
There were many tribulations that we did not expect.
We faced numerous roadblocks in the form of hazardous materials and perilous equipment. But in the words of Sun Tzu, "In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity."
If you're wondering what our final product turned out to be, I can't reveal too much. However I can say that we found ways utilize a boogie board, moss, and tool boxes that will blow you away.
If you want to know how our MASHterpiece turned out, you'll have to attend the event and see the sculpture for yourself.
Upon arrival, you will view sculptures with combinations from fine china and plastic bottles to donated Christmas decorations and regular office pens.
Canada Med Services, a local business participating in the contest, has created an amazing piece which features a tricycle, children's books, and even a fedora. iHeartMedia has submitted a formidable opposing sculpture made from just a hula hoops and old plastic water bottles
An auction reception for the fourth annual MASHterpiece art exhibition will be from 6 - 8 pm. June 8th at the Art Center Sarasota. 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The public (aka you) can bid on art work and additional, over the course of the exhibition which runs May 25th to June 30th, visitors can vote for a $1 donation, for their favorite artwork. Funds from the sale of artwork and voting will benefit both Goodwill Sarasota and Art Center Sarasota.