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forms collected treasures into useful furniture. He first takes the bottoms off the crates and turns them into tabletops so that the graphics remain right side up. After measuring the crates and building a custom leg system, they effortlessly slide over their supports, allowing them to remain unharmed from drilling. “The idea is to reuse the crates without damaging them at all,” Jamie confirms. Initially, after playing with these tables, he put them on Etsy, not expecting much of a response, but he says of the experience, “I was really surprised that people actually bought them.” It’s apparent that his products are already getting some buzz, despite Jamie’s initial uncertainty. He was a part of the first Porter Flea, back when it was on Porter Road. I glance down at one of the crates-turned-tables, and I can’t help but wonder if this crate was once used to push liquor during Prohibition. Yet now, it has a new purpose. Jamie’s side tables closely resemble the work of the 1950s husband and wife designers Charles and Ray Eames—the hairpin table legs supporting the boxes scream an era of TV dinners, baseball games, and nights spent watching Johnny Carson. In a sense, Jamie pairs contemporary elements with this retro design to build functional and inventive furniture. “Rather than making my products all modern, I use refurbished materials. But I go for a modern aesthetic to get something unique,” Jamie begins. “The crates are meant to energize,” he continues, suggesting that these worn and seemingly useless items are reincarnated by his own hands. In this way, Jamie gives things we would otherwise discard like last week’s newspaper a second life. After he landed some street cred in Nash-

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