From the author who taught us that junk in not a four-letter word, and drawing on her years of experience as a passionate thrifter and collector, Carter highlights her favourite junking moments, revels in the thrill of the hunt and imparts many personal tips for finding treasures in flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, shops, on the web, or wherever you may find yourself. With her passion for self-expression and her personal approach to decor, Carter speaks to our desire to surround ourselves with belongings that bring beauty and meaning to our lives. Along the way, Carter interviews other designers and high-profile collectors such as Ralph Lauren, Bunny Williams, and Mike Wolfe from American Pickers revealing their favourite treasure hunts and showing us how they live with their collections. Inspiring and liberating, The Joy of Junk shows how we can integrate our passions and histories to live creatively and happily with the special and quirky objects that give our homes soul.
Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, avid collector of junk, and long-time creative director for Ralph Lauren. She is the author of Never Stop to Think Do I Have a Place for This, A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life, For the Love of Old, and the Junk books, a series of books on discovering and decorating with flea market finds.