Big City Junk
Clarkson Potter, 2001 - House & Home - 240 pages
What seems like junk to some -- stainless steel office chairs, dentist cabinets, old gas station signs, a child's watercolor painting, even traffic lights -- are treasures for the home to experienced junkers. Following on the success of her "Junk" series, Mary Randolph Carter explores the hip new culture of big city collecting, showing readers where to discover and how to use items found on the curb or in flea markets and stoop sales in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Boston, Washington D.C., and Atlanta.
Armed with camera, junking vest, and a list of all the right and wrong places to find discarded treasures, Carter makes her way through the urban trenches of abandoned goods and celebrates great ways to live in the city with style and economy. Chapters include "Office Supplies," "Fashion Plates," "Private Eyes," "Souvenirs," "Diner Dish," "Street Smarts," "Lofty Ideas," "Starving Artists," and more.
"Big City Junk" also includes diary-like text, with the author's tips, personal notes, and snapshots of the items she buys, offering readers an intimate view of how to bec