The Bonanza welcomes DeWayne Lumpkin Design Studio to Portland! He has been a Minneapolis Bonanza vendor and is known for his inventive upholstery and other projects using authentic British transit route signs (Check out his Kickstarter campaign going on now, to fund printing yardage for upholstery and other projects from the transit signs! Just six days to go!)
DeWayne Lumpkin Design Studio
Live in/Business located:
Grants Pass, OR
Your style in three words:
West Coast Eclectic
On your junking bucket list:
Attending the antique fairs in England that go on for days/weeks in fields.
You knew you were a junker when…
…I moved from an apartment to a bungalow in Portland, OR and sold ’50s Funk interiors for a profit and switched to Primitive Mission — eventually moving again and selling Primitive Mission for a profit and starting to evolve my current West Coast Eclectic, a mix of industrial, natural elements & nostalgic graphics (often educational) with a neutral black and white backdrop and pops of color everywhere.
Best all-time junking find:
A 16-foot-long work bench from a pipe factory — on three sets of axles with brackets for holding 2X4s to hold pipes on top of bench — purchased just outside Newberg, OR. Bought to use as a check-out counter in a mom and pop grocery store in Portland, OR, but Agriculture Department required it to be epoxy coated because the top is all tongue and groove walnut. I didn’t have the heart to do a pizza parlor clear coat on the surface so we sold it to a hotelier. First it was used for outdoor buffets at WEASKU INN on Rogue River Highway in Grants Pass and more recently it was moved to another property, The Lodge @ Riverside closer to downtown Grants Pass. I get to visit it now, because it’s the focal point of the lobby.
You wish you would never have parted with…
…two large empire furniture pieces, a chest on chest and a sideboard. Super chunky, super old, super streamlined. Suddenly Empire furniture is my fave — very modern lines, but decidedly antique in attitude — the really good old stuff is hard to find.
Bringing to the Bonanza:
Vintage British Transit Route Sign wall hangings (destination rolls from double-decker buses) + debuting printed fabric reproduced from route signs for upholstery & fashion projects along with furniture pieces from the 1870s (empire) to the 1970s (mid-century modern) with lots of strange objets d’art (constructions paying homage to Marcel Duchamp).
You never junk without…
…a cooler full of iced Diet Coke (sorry, but it’s the truth — I call it the “Nectar of the Gods”). You can clearly see I’m not drinking it for dietary reasons (it’s not working)…so I must truly love the way it tastes and I do.
In your garage: cars or junk?
No one would ever guess you…
…are strangely obsessed with vintage textiles of all kinds – flags, quilts, coverlets, feather bed covers, table linens, you name it. I just love the tactile nature of fabrics even though I don’t really collect them and don’t know enough about them to sell them much either. I just love looking at them.
Your junking holy grail:
I’ve tried buying things that look like good deals I could turn a handsome profit on, but unless I make some kind of personal connection with it, I never seem to be able to sell it for the big bucks. If I love it, chances are someone else will to and we’re all willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for things we LOVE. Obviously there are degrees of love when it comes to objects we buy to resell, but I have to feel at least a wink and a smile or I won’t buy these days.
Junking makes you feel…
…optimistic. I am always looking for my “new favorite” whether its an object or a show or a dealer…it just seems like my “new favorite” could be lurking around any corner and that’s what keeps me searching and selling.
We can’t wait to see our old friend, and for you to meet him and see his wonderful booth!
See you at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA, Oct. 9-11!
Vive le junk!