For 13 years, The Lucky Dumpster has been a part of downtown Edison. Located in a historic lumber and hardware store, steps away from Slough Food and Breadfarm, the eclectic consignment shop showcases a mix of handmade goods from more than 200 skilled artisans who work in a variety of mediums, including painting, pottery, fiber arts, and hand-blown glass.
A Place to Appreciate the Artisan
The Lucky Dumpster had humble beginnings in a guitar shop in downtown Bellingham and naturally evolved into the artist-driven and diverse shop it is today. Much of that has to do with the owner, James Reisen, who holds an innate desire to help craftspeople find value in their work and turn their artistic endeavors into a livelihood.
“I celebrate the makers’ spirit and appreciate the energy that each person puts into creating things,” Reisen says.“What I am most proud of is that they all want to make stuff and that they seek out the store to share their work and reach the public.”
A multi-talented craftsman, Reisen’s woodwork, jewelry, whirligigs, and mobiles (just to name a few) are tucked throughout the store. You’ll also find creations from artist Jessica Bonin, co-founder of The Lucky Dumpster and the artist who painted the Edward R. Murrow mural on the side of the building with his quote, “Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.”
The store has a wide range of goods,which depend on the artist’s craft and their latest work. Since there is such diversity, prices can vary from a few dollars (including a dollar bin for children) up to several hundred. On a visit, one might find unique handmade furniture and housewares such as wooden spoons and decorative pottery.
If you’re looking for a gift, the store offers earrings, blown-glass birds ($11), beeswax candles, eyeglass magnets, handmade cards ($4), sand-blasted numbered rocks ($10), handbags, tie-dye socks, paintings, and mosaics.The Lucky Dumpster only takes cash or check and is open Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14001 Mactaggart Ave., Edison, 360.766.4049
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