Everyone has those things in their apartment. Maybe it’s that weird kitten statue that your great aunt bought you, maybe it’s a kitschy Betty Boop lamp that was so cool five years ago, or maybe it’s something that you loved as a child, but now collects dust in a corner. You try to release it into the world, but no one buys it at the garage sale, and none of your friends will take it either. We’ve all heard that old saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” but for one artist, one person’s trash is inspiration. Courtesy of The New York Times, a great and interesting slide-show for any pack-rat: “Accumulation and its Discontents“. While I’m not suggesting that everyone run out and create an exhibit honoring your old Mr. Potato Head or something, I am a huge proponent of perusing yard sales and flea markets for a formerly neglected decoration. Most people have a dedicated junk space, so ask your relatives if they have anything that they want to get rid of. When decorating on a budget, it’s really fun to try to re-purpose free items and changing them from forgotten to featured item.