Back in the day, I could not go thrift shopping with BJ and her sister Denise without being egged on to buy more than expected. They're very persuasive with a good eye for vintage finds. Every once in a while, I'll get a surprise "I-saw-this-amazing-thing-and-had-to-buy-it-for-you" package from either of them. Once, a very hurried Denise did a "drive-by" She deposited an awesome vintage lamp in the lobby of our apartment building in New York with instructions to the doorman to ring us up. No time for a note, or a handshake or a big thank-you hug. I only found out later who it was that actually dropped it off!
BJ has a special knack for the thrift store vintage score. On one occasion, she sent me these amazing Thermos bowls with pointy little Jetson's-style feet. We still have them and use them regularly.
So it's no surprise that she turned her shopping spidey senses into a business with an green side. Using all manner of nostalgic vessels—planters, glasses, vases—to make soy-wax candles, she upcycles what might be easily discarded into something to be admired and illuminated.
You can catch her selling her wares at some of the upcoming holiday craft fairs:
- Patchwork, Santa Ana and Long Beach (see ad for dates)
- Unique LA, downtown LA December 11 and 12 (see add below)