One day my mom and I were having brunch in LA.
The menu touted "unlimited bottomless mimosas,” and two ladies sitting next to us, well, they were certainly living up to the unlimited part... After some bottomless mimosas and feeling a little tipsy, the ladies decided to keep the fun going at their favorite flea market, the Melrose Trading post, and invited us to tag along. We were definitely up for a good flea market. Well, the ladies were having a little too much fun, perusing all the treasures, (vintage clothing, minks shawls, vintage Levi’s, clever up-cycled furniture and home furnishings, and all the vintage jewelry, it was like being a kid in a candy store) and ran into some trouble. A cop actually rolled up on the two ladies and told them they were acting drunk and disorderly.
That’s when one responded with "Actually Officer, more like Junk'd and Disorderly!”
And that’s when the concept for our company began—to take old vintage furniture, clothes, and knick-knacks, and repurpose them so they can last another 100 years.
We're an all-female founded startup, and we curate the best-of-the-best vintage things we can find and bring it to you. Being vintage didn’t always use be cool. But now with global warming, it pays to be vintage: not only in your wallet, but it also helps out Mother Nature. Buying vintage really shows you care about the state of our planet and the stories of our past.
So, what's our purpose?
Let us tell you, a portion of all TJDG's sales will go to help rebuild someone's life, giving them hope, courage, and confidence during a difficult time. We will help them face the tough road ahead and show them they are not alone.
It's sort of like Kickstarter > meets > GoFundMe > meets E-commerce! TJDG's will work with a single mom in need in our community, to provide extensive training and technical knowledge on how to launch a "Picker" business on Etsy. Our plan is to provide all the necessary coaching and 1:1 training for Etsy, SEO, and Social Media Marketing, along with a seed fund to help build up their inventory. Essentially, we'll provide a Single Mom in need all the tools she'll need to market, promote. and launch her very own "Vintage Collectible's business.
Alex is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, Class of 2020 with a degree in Event Planning & Management. In her free time, she likes to hang with her friends, hike and go to the beach. She is a huge fan of fashion and vintage shopping, and her love of thrifting came from visiting the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles. She also loves to travel and studied abroad last Fall in London.
Frida is a grad of the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2020 with a degree in Business Administration and Media Studies. She was born in Berlin, Germany but moved to Palo Alto when she was nine years old. In her free time, which is a rare occurrence, she loves to travel, read contemporary fiction (and, really, any trashy romance novel), watch tasty videos without ever actually cooking the food, explore Spotify playlists, write, and make the long drive across the bay to hang out with her little sisters.
Sajni is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University and loves the fun, funky vibes that come from all her vintage finds. After going to her first flea market, she quickly fell in love with the aesthetic and saw the potential for up-cycling what some people may consider their junk. Every time Sajni finds a new treasure she is excited to unearth all its history, learning about new patterns, glass, textures and where its true origins come from. In her free time she loves to check out local vintage markets, shop around at thrift stores and travel. She is committed to helping people decrease their carbon footprint in innovative and exciting ways and helping others discover their love for vintage finds!
Callie is an artist and graphic designer with a keen eye for fashion and style. She recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University in LA, majoring in Graphic Design and Art History so she has extensive knowledge of all things vintage and artsy. With a personal interest in Global Warming, she knows the extensive effect of fast fashion and the amount of production it takes these companies just to be “in trend.” Callie's desk in her room was found in the trash and repurposed - living to the statement that one woman's trash is certainly another woman’s treasure!
Business Development Ambassador - Central Coast
Larkin is currently in her Fifth and (hopefully) final year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, getting a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Child Development. In her free time, she loves to just kick back with friends, go to the beach, go hiking, watch cheesy romantic comedies, and make new Spotify playlists to fit her mood. She also loves to travel and studied abroad in Australia two winters ago. Larkin loves to make connections with new people and her friends and family are the most important thing in the world to her!
Brand and Customer Service Representative - NYC
Business Development Ambassador - Pacific Northwest
Aiva recently graduated from the University of Washington with a psychology degree. During her time at UW she discovered her passion for advocating for a women’s right to make educated choices about how she wants to live her best life. In her free time, you can find her enjoying the limited sun Seattle has to offer and the best happy hour spots in the city.
TJDG's Resident Curator, Researcher and Story-Teller
Miranda holds a BA in Fashion Design and Marketing Communications
There's just something about touching other people's stuff, some might even call it creepy, but to Miranda, finding and researching the history of items once worn and once used, is always a positive learning experience. And no, she has not encountered any ghosts, so far...
Logistics/ Operations & "Token Junk Boy"