The Sunderland and South Tyneside trader who's on the up with his upcycling business - just look at his work!
Talented trader Andy Buddin is expanding his business – and it’s thanks to his skill for giving everyday objects a new life.
Whether it’s a set of drawers made to look like a pack of cards or a chair with a Heinz soup theme, he can do it all.
He’s done furniture with a Harry Potter theme, or with a dedication to Alice in Wonderland.
He has done polystyrene heads and has rejuvenated tired guitars and now Andy is reaping the rewards of his talents by expanding his stall – known as AndyMan UpCycling – at Jacky White’s market in Sunderland.
But this has not been a lifetime’s work for Andy. The 56 year old who lives in Jarrow used to work in the care sector before he took a new career path around four years ago.
"I have no idea where this came from but I watched a programme on telly and thought ‘I can do this’.
"I have done guitars and ukuleles and I once did an electric guitar,” he said.
"I upcycle furniture which I buy or which I have been given, and I give it a new life.”
He said customers often buy a first article from him and then commission him to do further work.
Andy’s expansion of his market stand means he can display his bigger pieces of furniture better.
The former Guildford man added: “This is the longest I have been in one market place and it has a nice feel to it.”