These two Brooklyn-based guys, Nick Nemechek and Tariq Dixon had so much fun scouring the city for furniture for their own apartment, that once they had it fully furnished, they didn’t want to stop. Their weekends are now spent behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, scouring the towns and cities outside of New York for all the great secondhand finds their money can buy. Their Krrb corner TRNK is the result of their creativity and eye for design. This resourceful duo isn’t slowing down any time soon. According to Tariq, they have plans to develop their own products and a website. In the meantime, when asked how they keep things new to you, Nick responded “With quadruple zero steel wool, teak oil, and a can of Pledge.” Read on to find out more about their inspiration for TRNK.
Tell us a bit about yourselves. Where are you from and where do you currently live?
TD: We both live in Williamsburg. Nick is from the burbs, I’m from the block – Bellevue, Washington and Baltimore, Maryland, to be exact.
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
TD: Everything but the L train.
NN: The eats. There are new restaurants every week. St. Anselm is our favorite but Vanessa’s Dumplings is a close second (can’t beat five for a dollar potstickers).
List the top five places you go locally to discover hidden treasures.
NN: Definitely not giving you our secrets.
TD: But what we will say is that you can’t just go once and expect to find awesome things. You have to go regularly and be persistent, even if you don’t find anything the first time.
Did you go to garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores as a kid?
TD: I didn’t grow up with a lot, so rummaging was important. I developed a good eye for thrifting, and learned how to make the most of very little.
NN: I loved going to flea markets and thrift stores as a child. I could spend hours just digging through piles of garbage hoping to uncover a buried treasure. I’ve just always been entertained by the process.
How did you begin going to thrift stores, markets, etc?
NN: I’ve been going as long as I can remember. It was a part of my childhood and has stayed with me since.
TD: I recently rediscovered a liking for thrifting. It began when we started redecorating our apartment, and even after settling, we didn’t feel like stopping.
How often do you go to garage sales, flea markets, etc.? Any personal tips you’d like to share?
NN: We try to go at least once a week. Make sure you bring a lot of ones and start your offers low.
TD: For shopping, I like to start by peering at the selection from a distance to see what really catches my eye. Usually, a good design jumps out. Sometimes, when you dig too deeply in the trenches, you miss a lot.
Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
NN: Tariq’s a hoarder and I’m a minimalist.
What blogs (design and otherwise) do you read right now?
What is your most cherished handcrafted, secondhand, vintage, upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
NN: I have this seven foot dart that I bought at a vintage shop in Baltimore. It’s made of solid wood with a giant brass needle, and probably weighs close to 50 lbs.
TD: I have a saddle bag made of antelope fur that was dyed purple. I bought it in Iceland and named it Magnus after our rental car agent.
What are you working on these days?
NN: We’re just buying more stuff, selling it online and doing all of the dirty work so that you don’t have to! We also recently took an upholstery class and have just finished up a couple of refurbishing projects.
Oh! By the way, do you have a day job?
NN: Yeah, we’re apparel peddlers by day, home goods hustlers by night. We both work in fashion merchandising/buying, Tariq for an Italian luxury brand and I work for an American retailer.