Sunday, March 18, 2012

Becoming Junkmaster Leslie

I've earned a lot of titles in my life that I'm very proud of - from college graduate to Mrs. Mojeiko to mother (or soon-to-be anyway). All of my titles have been pretty clean-cut and professional, so my next title may come as a surprise to most. But after starting Salvaged Spaces, I am determined to become a junkmaster.

What is a junkmaster? Well, I'm not really sure. I guess you master junk. I do have a Master's degree, but I'm pretty confident that I didn't study junk. I like to think that a junkmaster can find beauty and worth in everyday, I'm-about-to-fall-apart-items and repurpose them to become something that people can use.

I first got this idea after reading Junk Beautiful by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer. The authors are introduced as Junkmasters and I have no doubt that they are. Every page in their book is full of beautiful and creative ideas for repurposing junk found from salvage yards. They even offer a lot of DIY projects that are so unique and easy to do.

On one of the first pages of Junk Beautiful, the authors write, "If you find yourself reading this page, either you are already a devoted junker or you are about to become one."

Let it be known that I am a devoted junker. But I have a lot of steps to take if I want to become a junkmaster. I've already tried googling "becoming a junkmaster," and the only information I found was about hiring someone to throw away your junk. Not-uh. Not the business I'm getting into.

Then I tried the-usually-trusty-Google one more time and searched "junkmaster training." Something actually came up called Junkmaster Training for Educators. Is that perfect? I'm an educator, I want to also be a junkmaster. But when I clicked on the link I just became even more confused. It's all about playing sports, which is something I will never master.

So it's up to me to create my own junkmaster curriculum because I realize this is something I need to earn. Anyone can be a junker, but it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and splinters to become a junkmaster. Before I get into the curriculum basics, let me say one thing. Being a junkmaster is different from being a hoarder. Let's just get that straight. In no way am I hoarding; I'm designing and creating art, thank you.

Junkmaster Curriculum Basics
Junkmaster Leslie in Training must accomplish the following tasks to earn her certificate in junkmastering.

1. Field experience: visit at least five salvage yards. I've been to countless flea markets and thrift stores, but a junkmaster needs to know her salvage yards. Already on that list is Tampa Bay Salvage, Schiller's SalvageSarasota Architectural Salvage, Adam and Eve's Salvage, and Florida Victorian.
2. Networking: receive a comment, message, email, phone call, or in-person conversation with Sue Whitney or Ki Nassauer.
3. Tuition and fees: Own at least 25 salvaged items.
4. Research: Become an expert in a field of antiques (subject will be decided later. Do I want to be an expert in art deco clocks, Steiff Bears, weight scales, Florida memorabilia...)
5. Project: Have one room in my house full of antique and salvaged furniture. That means not ONE item can be new from the store.
6. Tech 101: Repair an old electronic (i.e. clock, camera, record player...)
7. Junkmarketing 101: Gather at least 1,000 page views on one post on Salvaged Spaces. This one may take some time!
8. Project: Sell one of my salvaged items.
9. Senior Thesis: Publish an article for a different site or blog other than Salvaged Spaces.
10. Internship Experience: Visit salvage yards and antique shops in another state (geographically speaking, not state of mind).

This is going to be so much fun!

Your junker,