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Interview with “Junk Maven” Ki Nassauer from JunkRevolution.com
December 12, 2010, 10:04 am
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FINDING JUNK and FREE MATERIALS FOR YOUR TINY HOME PROJECT:

Wanna kill a few hours time? Check out these of Ki’s (hey, that rhymes!): http://www.junkrevolution.com and http://www.junkcamp.blogspot.com

Ki Nassauer, aside from coming off as super nice, seems to be one busy gal when it comes to her love of flea markets, and finding treasures among trash- which she’s damn good at! I had the chance to chat with her recently (for inclusion in my next tiny house/home design book), and here’s what she had to say in terms of a trade I’m so fondly immersed in….

Oh yeah, she’s also the editor of “Flea Market Style” magazine- a new issue of which, is due on shelves soon- EVERYWHERE.

Ki Nassauer

Here’s an excerpt from an upcoming interview/book segment we did…

As part of the drive/reasoning behind the tiny housing scene is rooted in thrift, and the elimination and circumventing of expensive housing routes of today here’s what Ki Nassauer had to say about curbside materials salvaging, and treasure scouting:

 A road-ready kit for scavenging is easy to assemble. Junk maven Ki Nassauer, whose love of repurposing vintage has turned junking into a higher art form, never steers her truck to the back roads without these essentials:

Work gloves

Bungee cords and ratchet straps for securing finds

Tarps for wrapping them

A red flag for oversized items

Rubber totes for holding “smalls” so they don’t roll

Rain gear (she stores hers under the front seat)

Tool box

Band-aids and hand sanitizer, “because the better the junking, the deeper you are into the grunge!”

In addition to city curbs before trash day, old barns and salvage yards, Nassauer suggests culling flea markets and re-use centers for bargain hunting. Another great source: Nassauer’s own annual “Junk Bonanza, which displays the wares of more than 100 juried junk vendors each September in Shakopee, Minn.

KI’s LIST OF THE BEST HUNTING GROUNDS

City curbs before trash day

Old barns

Regular and architectural salvage yards

Flea markets

Re-use centers for vintage hardware, doors, windows and other parts

Flea markets

Farm auctions

(Deek’s additions: College areas near move out day!!! And local yard sales…)

IF ANY OF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL TIPS, PLEASE LET US KNOW- WE’D LOVE TO HEAR ‘EM!

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen


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Some Colleges have gotten snippity about people digging through the dumpsters after the students leave and lock them up or make sure pickup is fairly immediate.

Comment by Sarah L.

You actually don’t have to even look near dumpsters when college lets out (but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt)- at least in Boston. Students and the apartment-change-over residents simply pile furniture and more out by the curb- I know its this way in a few other college-laden cities as well…

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