'I can't get the ideas out of my head fast enough'

'I can't get the ideas out of my head fast enough'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Antiques are antiques, right?

The owner of Riley's Second Hand store would beg to differ.

Jesse Riley is carving out a whole new market by combining retro items with modern uses.

"A lot of people are really getting into repurposing items and reusing things that are already out there as a form of recycling," Riley said.

For example, an old Kodak box camera is worth just 10 bucks. Gutted and rewired, it's a vintage looking webcam.

Add legs to an old medical stretcher and it becomes a table - and a pretty good conversation piece.

Recycle, reuse, modify - that's the business model for Riley. He said the ideas are just endless for his re-tooled antiques.

How about an iPod docking station made from old cigar boxes and a telephone handset?

"Do everything you need to do and then you can just sit for hours and talk on the original handset and not have to worry about all that radiation going into your head," Riley said.

In a crowded marketplace - Springfield alone is home to 50 second hand shops - Riley has found his niche.

"I can't get the ideas out of my head fast enough," he said.