a FuN fUnKy FoLk ArT sToRe!

Journey along with self-employed artists, Richard and Linda Hamilton, peek into their lives... full of the daily challenges and drama of owning and operating Texas Trash and Treasures!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Houston Texas, The Heights, a funky historical district, a must see, must go, and we DID!! Being the "certified scavengers" that we are, Richard and I slammed on the brakes when we noticed a most unusual junky place tucked betweem two rather classy boutiques, one of which had one of our peace signs hanging in the window!!Now I have been junkin for 25 years, and I have NEVER seen anything like this place!! I could not even speak!

Junk, GOOD JUNK, stacked 5-7 feet deep, in a open air brick space that has been there for 45 years!! You can only imagine! Most was overpriced for this scavenger, however........

we did manage to find 10 "trophies", an Addy Award (advertising) presented to a few Houstonians about 30 years ago.

Atleast that is what the owner, Joe White, told me!! If you are ever in the Heights, I would stop if I were you!! We are still talking about it.

Friday, February 4, 2011


5:45 am, Sunday January 30. The man came to run it in less than 5 hours, that was his goal. 6:30 or so, waiting for the sun to come up! I am sitting on the curb, but the man came to run!!

I left the marathon man so he could join the madness, and walked around, still waiting for it to get light!! A few minutes later, they all ran under this sign!!

The next time I spotted him, was at mile 25!! I started ringing "the bell" as he left formation and ran toward me to plant a kiss on my cheek!!

A few minutes later, he crossed the finish line, 4:32, a time he was real pleased with!! Got the metal, got the shirt, and as he said,"got the girl", ME!!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wonderland in Carmine

Seriously, I have never dabbled with drugs, but one may suspect so when they look at my work! Nothing is as it should be, instead, surprising, silly, unncommon, and full of wonder. Yes, there is a Wonderland here in Carmine. Kinda like Alice in Wonderland!! Wonderland in Carmine, where butterflies are navy blue with neon veins............. and all the birds are blue, with "happiness" inscribed on their wings.............

and fish seen swimming in the ponds have scales made from smashed tin cans..........

Could this really be true? I WONDER!! In the Carmine wonderland, all bikes have wheels with big puffy bows and roses on them...........

and last but not least, every home has a big colorful heart hanging in a prominate place, that says, SO HAPPY TOGETHER!! Now that's my idea of a wonderful wonderland, and it really exists here in Carmine!!