As the Christmas season rages forth with the constant playing of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” so comes the need for Bushwickians to decorate their ramshackle apartments with signs, trees, garlands and the like in order to be reminded of their original home back in the Midwest.
Larrabee Kuhraft, a 24-year-old who just moved to Bushwick from Connecticut, was the originator of the idea for selling artisanal trash ornaments at a pop-up shop outside of Fine & Raw Chocolate. Kuhraft stated, “Well, since I haven’t found employment yet and probably never will since it seems like every ‘job’ in New York is unpaid and you kind of just have to become your own boss any way you can, I started thinking about what I could do with all the trash that was overflowing in my apartment. That’s when it hit me–trash ornaments!”
Since Kuhraft helmed the idea, many others have tried to make their own versions of the trash ornament, but no one seems to be able to create the perfect mound shape the way Kuhraft can, which is why he feels no remorse for charging $50 per ornament. However, custom shapes, like reindeer or snowmen, will cost you $100.
Written by Genna Rivieccio