Household junk hauler giving old treasures new life

The Remix Market is located at 6632 Electric Avenue in Gainesville, Va.

Let’s face it, sometimes stuff piles up in the house, shed, or garage.

Before you know it, a film crew taping an episode of “Hoarders” could come knocking at your door.

That’s where Junk Luggers comes in. For years, customers have called on the company to clean their homes. Now it’s found a way to repurpose stuff from customers’ homes, lovingly referred to as junk, at the Remix Market.

“We have a little bit of everything,” said Remix Market owner Mark Harrington, who refers to himself as Chief Lugging Officer.

The market located in Gainesville is set up similar to a thrift store, where customers can find various items like lamps, tables, reclining chairs, and even a grandfather clock.

Mastering house cleaning and running a brick-a-brack store, Harrington is now expanding into a new role as a recycler.

The Remix Market is collecting items that could be used again or repurposed for another use around the house.

“We could purpose an old armoire into a coffee bar,” Harrington said.

Junk Lugger’s overall goal by 2025 is to keep items out of landfills.

The store accepts clothing, shoes, household items, kitchenware, electronics, games, small appliances, and furniture.

It won’t accept some items, like outdated computer monitors.

“We would love to accept all items. However, we do need to refuse some items for being non-recyclable of containing hazardous materials. Other times, the item must be refused because it’s too big, bulky, or outdated,” Remix states.

It just started featuring an artist of the month to add some color and character to the market, and in February, the artist is Vicki Bayol, a painter from Haymarket. She paints landscapes and abstracts on canvass, and Remix features her work in the market.

The Remix Market opened in April behind Junk Luggers’ office at 6632 Electric Avenue in Gainesville.

The Junk Luggers is an eight-person team with Harrington working as chief, with a four-person lugging team.

The company serves Washington, D.C., and some parts of Maryland, in addition to Virginia.

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