Seen: Junk / by Lynnea Schwieters

Recently I visited the California Mart in Downtown Los Angeles. While I was there to shop with a few reputable furniture companies, I was astonished to see how much JUNK was there. It looked like my grandmothers house on steroids. Small wooden bunnies, trinkets galore, colored letters, boards with feel good statements. It really irked me - who buys this stuff? What's more - who is the man (or women) in charge of producing these products? Why are our precious resources being wasted on this junk? Seriously who needs a frog holding a sign that says welcome?? In my opinion a well designed environment should have none of this clutter. A few accessories here and there okay but much more than that is clutter and superfluous. Before you buy that bright blue oversized bowl for your auntie in Kansas, think: does she really need this or would she better appreciate some fresh fruit? Or a gift card to the spa? Where was this made? And is it really worth my time and money or am I just filling a void? I also suggest checking out a local flea market or resale shop. Up cycling is an incredible way to save resources and money in your pocket.