Today I confess to my lovely readers that I am a street curator (a.k.a junk collector, trash scavenger, hoarder, etc). For the past 7 years now since living in LA, I have found and collected many awesome pieces from the streets. Now before you judge me, let me start off by saying that there is so much great junk out there, you know what they say “one man’s trash, is another WOman’s treasure.” I must have picked up the habit from my dear dad growing up. He would drag me along to garage sales and thrift store auctions to score a pot of gold. I used to hate tagging along, but as a young adult, I developed an appreciation for the old, vintage, and antique. THANKS DAD! See in my eyes, every thrown out piece of furniture or decor, deserves a second chance. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2008, the idea of finding treasures in the street was mind blowing, like striking gold. Recap of 2008, I was fresh to this crazy urban jungle of a city and starting my first year in college, so it would be no surprise that I had no mula to splurge, let alone furnish my first studio apartment. The very first street treasure I found was an old wooden water dispenser stand. It served as a side table and later in life as a plant stand. I still have this wonderful little stand. Finding unwanted gems not only saves money, but it also helps clean these junky streets of LA. Receiving rewards while contributing to the community, its a WIN, WIN! There was a time that this lovely little habit became to excessive and my old roomies hated it, but in occasion didn’t mind since it filled our bare apartment. Over my many junk collecting years, I have grown wise and only collect what truly speaks to me. If its worth salvaging, I will pull over, stick it in the car, somehow, and bring it home. I recommend anyone try this, come on it’s absolutely free, no gimmicks! Just make sure to take precaution of any creepy crawlers, mold, etc. and evaluate if the item is junk or treasure in your eyes. Even design stars like Sarah Richardson and Nicole Curtis have rescued junk from the streets. All the cool kids have done it, now its your turn. What many may not realize is that most of the "junk" thrown out is pretty valuable, some even designer vintage and antique pieces. Though many have grown smarts and decide to sell their goods on sites such as those found in this BuzzFeed article, you can still find unique goods down the street. Many of the items I have found have served me well and I take pride in saying "I am a street curator!"
|VERY FIRST STREET FIND! PLANT STAND (spray painted black)|
|BRASS FRAME & CANVAS (I repainted over the old canvas)|
|VINTAGE EAMES COPYCAT CHAIR & STOOL|
|VINTAGE OCTAGON MIRROR|
|RETRO 60s STYLE CHAIR|
|PICTURE FRAMES & ARTWORK|
|IKEA BOOKSHELF (turned on its side to use as a bench)|
Many of the wonderful items you see above will be restored, repurposed, or kept as is, so tune in for great DIY posts coming soon!!!