This is Sam. I met her at her booth at the Silver Lake Farmers’ Market held on Tuesdays at Griffith Park/Sunset.
She has a family business called Detroit Trash, offering jewelry created using tiny pieces of American history.
Much of their stuff is from the 20s through the 50’s … little tchotchkes such as antique bullets, clocks, keys, mini harmonicas & whistles (that work!) and hotel room tags….so every piece used for each necklace has a story. So cool.
Check out these1950’s pocket knives that Sam told me used to be given away as carnival prizes. Carnival prizes have fallen VERY FAR SINCE THEN, in my opinion. And probably yours. I bet not one carnival prize from the last decade can be used to clean your nails or mini-shiv someone. Not one. Unfair.
You can even build your own necklace with hundreds of these super cool items to choose from, like vintage curiousities from Ford Motors, mini bullets & guns, typewriter keys, and high school locker tags …. what can be more American than that? You owe it to yourself and your country to check them out.
I built my own necklace using, among other things, a vintage tag from the Ford factory in Detroit, mostly because my first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang. Except that my first car was actually a hideous 1975 Chevy Malibu that had been virtually destroyed by my mom and never been fixed. A horrible cross for a 17 year old to have to bear, in my opinion.
Except that it did mean that I had something in common with Lloyd Dobler.
But my second car was a 1967 Ford Mustang. Except that the car was technically my parents’ and I drove it once in a while. In any event, my new necklace could make a nice conversation piece. Or a terribly boring one. Sorry.
And after you pay (most necklaces go for $20 – $40), you think you are done being charmed but IT’S NOT OVER YET because they hand you your loot in a Peachey Chewing Tobacco stash bag. Peachey indeed.
You can purchase their loot online here. But if you are lucky enough to be in the LA area and can get your butt to the Silver Lake CFM on Tuesdays or the Melrose Trading post on Sundays, I highly recommend.