Charlotte County, Fla - A 14-year-old North Port girl is turning other people's trash, into treasure.
When investors buy foreclosed homes in the area and don't want the appliances or other items in the home, Willow Tufano asks if she can have it. She then cleans it up and sells it for profit.
Her business venture is paying off. She's already expanded and now buys items from thrift shops, garage sales and online.
What she can't sell, she keeps or gives away.
So far, she's made nearly $10,000.
Seeing how cheap foreclosed homes are, Willow and her mom, who is a realtor, bought a foreclosed home in Port Charlotte. They are in the process of renovating it. However, they do have tenants.
Kelsey Smith was surprised to learn Tufano's age and see her motivation.
"It's impressive. I wasn't doing that at her age," Smith told WINK News.
Tufano and her mom, Shannon Moore, split the $700 in rent money they get every month.
Currently, the home is all in Shannon's name until Willow turns 18. Then, she plans on buying her mom out, so she can own the home.
Willow's motivation and business skills are attracting international attention. She's getting calls from media around the world: India and Canada, to name two countries.
Here at home, CNN, ABC News and CBS News are all requesting interviews.
But Tufano is giving her first national television interview to Ellen Degeneres. She flies to L.A. Wednesday to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Thursday. Tufano says the episode will air Monday.