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Jan 22, 2014

by John Mihovetz

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is John Mihovetz and my shop is called MD Quality Goods. I build reclaimed wood furniture, in addition to collecting and selling vintage advertising and gas station memorabilia. I’m currently in the process of moving into a new showroom and workshop in Claremont, California.

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I piece all of my furniture together here in the shop using USA-made steel and old-growth Douglas fir, oak and pine wood that comes from the Midwest US. I always try my best to keep my designs simple and natural: no stains, no additives, only all-natural sealers. The wood is already amazing in itself; it doesn’t need any help from me.

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When I’m not working in the shop, I’m on the road looking for vintage treasures with my girlfriend Molly Stone. She’s a photographer and I’m a junk collector, so we basically just get in the van and drive. We’re partners-in-crime everywhere from flea markets to cool, random places we stumble upon while we’re on the road. If it’s out there, we’ll find it.

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I’m inspired by all kinds of things: people who carve their own paths, pieces made with integrity, originality, and creativity, and also my family. My dad could outwork me with his hands tied behind his back, and his work ethic and drive are a constant force in my head to push forward. My mother is tough as nails, and she always taught me to be my own person and go with my gut. Molly encourages me to slow down a bit and take in what’s around me.

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MD Quality Goods has definitely changed me for the better. I think about my business everyday – how I can grow and adapt to changes that come; how I can keep it fun. I’ve met a lot of cool people on Etsy who are just like me: they want a quality product and they want to know the person they’re buying from. Running my business has encouraged me to take a lot more pride in my work. It pushes me to work harder when my name is stamped on the bottom.

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It’s great being able to wake up every day and explore, whether it’s in my studio or out in the world. Every single day is different and brings new surprises, new clients, new ideas. There’s never a dull moment, which makes me feel like I’ve found the fountain of youth. I’m in for the long haul.

All photographs by Molly Stone. For more from MD Quality Goods, follow them on Instagram (@md_qualitygoods).

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Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Wooden Pull Drawer Cabinet / Spinning Parts Organizing Bin Cabinet / Country Store Primitive Storage
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Wooden Pull Drawer Cabinet / Spinning Parts Organizing Bin Cabinet / Country Store Primitive Storage
JohnMihovetz
$2,800.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Oklahoma Route 66 Highway Shield / Embossed Steel Sign
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Oklahoma Route 66 Highway Shield / Embossed Steel Sign
JohnMihovetz
$2,500.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1940's / Original Cloth Indian Motorcycle Banner / Framed Indian Canvas Flag / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising / Indian Sign
Vintage Sign / 1940's / Original Cloth Indian Motorcycle Banner / Framed Indian Canvas Flag / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising / Indian Sign
JohnMihovetz
$4,500.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Wooden Ice Cream Crate / Vintage Wooden Storage Box
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Wooden Ice Cream Crate / Vintage Wooden Storage Box
JohnMihovetz
$135.00 USD
Vintage Clothing & Accessories / 1930's / Vintage Leather Belt With Brass Buckle / Vintage Motorcycle Clothing
Vintage Clothing & Accessories / 1930's / Vintage Leather Belt With Brass Buckle / Vintage Motorcycle Clothing
JohnMihovetz
$135.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Brass Native American Ashtray With Indian Chief Bust / Vintage Soap Dish
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Brass Native American Ashtray With Indian Chief Bust / Vintage Soap Dish
JohnMihovetz
$245.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle / 1930's / Indian Motorcycle Monkey Wrench / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising
Vintage Motorcycle / 1930's / Indian Motorcycle Monkey Wrench / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Kitchen Bouquet Wood Shipping Crate / Vintage Storage Cabinet
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Kitchen Bouquet Wood Shipping Crate / Vintage Storage Cabinet
JohnMihovetz
$135.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle Advertising / 1930's / Harley Davidson Dealership Screwdriver / Vintage Motorcycle Collectible
Vintage Motorcycle Advertising / 1930's / Harley Davidson Dealership Screwdriver / Vintage Motorcycle Collectible
JohnMihovetz
$225.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Dr. Peter Fahrney Apothecary Wooden Storage Box / Druggist Bottle Shipping Crate With Sliding Lid
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Dr. Peter Fahrney Apothecary Wooden Storage Box / Druggist Bottle Shipping Crate With Sliding Lid
JohnMihovetz
$165.00 USD
Vintage Old Pour Silver Bar / .999 Purity / Three Ounce Vintage Loaf Bar / Wild West Home Decor
Vintage Old Pour Silver Bar / .999 Purity / Three Ounce Vintage Loaf Bar / Wild West Home Decor
JohnMihovetz
$155.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Hand Hammered Metal Catch All Dish / Boy Scout Project / Primitive Change Dish
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Hand Hammered Metal Catch All Dish / Boy Scout Project / Primitive Change Dish
JohnMihovetz
$75.00 USD
Vintage Carnival Game / 1930's / Original Wooden Ring Toss Game Rings / Lot Of Ten
Vintage Carnival Game / 1930's / Original Wooden Ring Toss Game Rings / Lot Of Ten
JohnMihovetz
$25.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Rocket Camera / Medium Format Vintage Camera
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Rocket Camera / Medium Format Vintage Camera
JohnMihovetz
$125.00 USD
Vintage Old Pour Silver Bar / .999 Purity / Three Ounce Vintage Loaf Bar / Desk Decor
Vintage Old Pour Silver Bar / .999 Purity / Three Ounce Vintage Loaf Bar / Desk Decor
JohnMihovetz
$155.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Miniature Jeweler's Workbench Anvil / Industrial Workbench Jewelers Tool
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Miniature Jeweler's Workbench Anvil / Industrial Workbench Jewelers Tool
JohnMihovetz
$75.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Miniature Jeweler's Workbench Anvil / Industrial Workbench Jewelers Tool
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Miniature Jeweler's Workbench Anvil / Industrial Workbench Jewelers Tool
JohnMihovetz
$75.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle / 1920's / Indian Motorcycle Jacket Pin / Laughing Indian Badge
Vintage Motorcycle / 1920's / Indian Motorcycle Jacket Pin / Laughing Indian Badge
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Vintage Industrial Wooden Desktop Pull Drawer Cabinet / Primitive Wood Storage Box
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Vintage Industrial Wooden Desktop Pull Drawer Cabinet / Primitive Wood Storage Box
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Iron Baking Tray Repurposed Jewelry & Ring Organizer / Home And Desk Organization
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Iron Baking Tray Repurposed Jewelry & Ring Organizer / Home And Desk Organization
JohnMihovetz
$95.00 USD
Vintage Cast Iron Cowboy Statue / 1940's / Children's Coin Op Ride Mascot / Horse & Cowboy Statue
Vintage Cast Iron Cowboy Statue / 1940's / Children's Coin Op Ride Mascot / Horse & Cowboy Statue
JohnMihovetz
$395.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle / 1950's / Original Harley Davidson Postcard / New Old Stock / Vintage Postcard
Vintage Motorcycle / 1950's / Original Harley Davidson Postcard / New Old Stock / Vintage Postcard
JohnMihovetz
$25.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original "Deposit Required On All Orders" Reverse Chip Glass Sign / Vintage Advertising Store Display
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original "Deposit Required On All Orders" Reverse Chip Glass Sign / Vintage Advertising Store Display
JohnMihovetz
$225.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Porcelain Door Garage To Rent Sign / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Porcelain Door Garage To Rent Sign / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$295.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Route 60 New Mexico Highway Shield / Embossed Steel Highway Sign
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Route 60 New Mexico Highway Shield / Embossed Steel Highway Sign
JohnMihovetz
$495.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Folk Art Carnival Ring Toss Hand Game / Primitive Wooden Folk Art
Vintage Home Decor / 1930's / Original Folk Art Carnival Ring Toss Hand Game / Primitive Wooden Folk Art
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Store Display / "Save Money Buy A Meal Ticket" Reverse Chip Glass Sign / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Store Display / "Save Money Buy A Meal Ticket" Reverse Chip Glass Sign / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$225.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original  "We Call For & Deliver" Chip Glass Sign / Store Display / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original "We Call For & Deliver" Chip Glass Sign / Store Display / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$225.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Porcelain "Pull For Shower" Vintage Industrial Sign On Original Hanging Chain
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Porcelain "Pull For Shower" Vintage Industrial Sign On Original Hanging Chain
JohnMihovetz
$495.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Reverse Glass, "Use Our Layaway Plan" Chip Glass Sign / Countertop Country Store Sign / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Reverse Glass, "Use Our Layaway Plan" Chip Glass Sign / Countertop Country Store Sign / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$345.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Jayhawk Statue / Vintage University Of Kansas Jayhawk Paperweight
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Jayhawk Statue / Vintage University Of Kansas Jayhawk Paperweight
JohnMihovetz
$295.00 USD
Vintage Advertising / 1920's / Thor Motorcycles Porcelain Ashtray / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising
Vintage Advertising / 1920's / Thor Motorcycles Porcelain Ashtray / Vintage Motorcycle Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$295.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1950's / Folk Art Clay Canoe Dish / Primitive Americana
Vintage Home Decor / 1950's / Folk Art Clay Canoe Dish / Primitive Americana
JohnMihovetz
$55.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920s / Original Cast Metal Painted Bird Shooting Gallery Carnival Target / Primitive Folk Art Statue
Vintage Home Decor / 1920s / Original Cast Metal Painted Bird Shooting Gallery Carnival Target / Primitive Folk Art Statue
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Brass Soap Dish With Embossed Horse / Primitive Western Decor / Vintage Change Dish
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Cast Brass Soap Dish With Embossed Horse / Primitive Western Decor / Vintage Change Dish
JohnMihovetz
$195.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Place Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Place Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
JohnMihovetz
$325.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Win Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Win Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
JohnMihovetz
$325.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Show Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Original Wooden Horse Race Track Ten Dollar Show Gambling Sign / Vintage Equestrian Sign
JohnMihovetz
$325.00 USD
Vintage Advertising / 1920's / Original Headlight Overalls & Clothing Wooden Advertising Thermometer / Vintage Workwear Advertising
Vintage Advertising / 1920's / Original Headlight Overalls & Clothing Wooden Advertising Thermometer / Vintage Workwear Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$695.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Porcelain Post No Bills Sign / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Porcelain Post No Bills Sign / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$295.00 USD
MD Quality Goods Original Snapback Cap / Brown Canvas With Crossed Arrows Logo Patch
MD Quality Goods Original Snapback Cap / Brown Canvas With Crossed Arrows Logo Patch
JohnMihovetz
$25.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Metal & Glass Medical Sterile Storage Cabinet / Apothecary Metal Cabinet / Medical Oddity
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Metal & Glass Medical Sterile Storage Cabinet / Apothecary Metal Cabinet / Medical Oddity
JohnMihovetz
$600.00 USD
Vintage Carnival Game / 1930's / Original Metal Milk Bottle Knock Down Target Game / Set of Three With Original Softball
Vintage Carnival Game / 1930's / Original Metal Milk Bottle Knock Down Target Game / Set of Three With Original Softball
JohnMihovetz
$240.00 USD
Vintage Photograph / 1940's / Original Harley Davidson Photo
Vintage Photograph / 1940's / Original Harley Davidson Photo
JohnMihovetz
$28.00 USD
Vintage Photograph / 1940's / Original Harley Davidson Photo
Vintage Photograph / 1940's / Original Harley Davidson Photo
JohnMihovetz
$28.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Wooden Danger Roadside Highway Advertisement Sign / Edward Kunz Grocery / Wesley, Iowa
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Wooden Danger Roadside Highway Advertisement Sign / Edward Kunz Grocery / Wesley, Iowa
JohnMihovetz
$6,500.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Wooden Horse Shoe Brand Clothes Wringer Store Display / Vintage Hat & Coat Display Hanging Rack
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Wooden Horse Shoe Brand Clothes Wringer Store Display / Vintage Hat & Coat Display Hanging Rack
JohnMihovetz
$700.00 USD
Vintage Textile / 1940's / Original Navajo Saddle Blanket / Wool Throw Rug
Vintage Textile / 1940's / Original Navajo Saddle Blanket / Wool Throw Rug
JohnMihovetz
$498.00 USD
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Hand Painted New York City Pleasure Trips Auto Service Tin Sign / Brooklyn New York / Vintage Advertising
Vintage Sign / 1920's / Original Hand Painted New York City Pleasure Trips Auto Service Tin Sign / Brooklyn New York / Vintage Advertising
JohnMihovetz
$3,498.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle / 1940's / Harley Davidson Cloth Racing Cap / Brown Canvas With Original H-D Patch
Vintage Motorcycle / 1940's / Harley Davidson Cloth Racing Cap / Brown Canvas With Original H-D Patch
JohnMihovetz
$328.00 USD
Vintage Motorcycle / 1940's / Harley Davidson Motorcycle Cap / Size 6 7/8
Vintage Motorcycle / 1940's / Harley Davidson Motorcycle Cap / Size 6 7/8
JohnMihovetz
$398.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Metal Barrister Cabinet In Cream Color / Three Tier Lawyer's Bookcase / Glass Face Book Cabinet
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Metal Barrister Cabinet In Cream Color / Three Tier Lawyer's Bookcase / Glass Face Book Cabinet
JohnMihovetz
$1,400.00 USD
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1940's / Original Cast Iron Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1940's / Original Cast Iron Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
JohnMihovetz
$1,098.00 USD
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1940's / Original Cast Iron Matte Black Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1940's / Original Cast Iron Matte Black Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
JohnMihovetz
$998.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Metal & Glass Adjustable Shaving Mirror / Original Metal Base / Antique Apothecary Home Decor
Vintage Home Decor / 1920's / Original Metal & Glass Adjustable Shaving Mirror / Original Metal Base / Antique Apothecary Home Decor
JohnMihovetz
$120.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1910's / Primitive Original Wooden Post Card Spinning Rack / General Store Display / Country Store Farmhouse Decor
Vintage Home Decor / 1910's / Primitive Original Wooden Post Card Spinning Rack / General Store Display / Country Store Farmhouse Decor
JohnMihovetz
$800.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1950's / Original Boy Scout Chalk Project / Native American Bust
Vintage Home Decor / 1950's / Original Boy Scout Chalk Project / Native American Bust
JohnMihovetz
$118.00 USD
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1930's / Original Cast Iron Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
Vintage Industrial Table Legs / 1930's / Original Cast Iron Machine Legs / Reclaimed Dining Table Work Bench Metal Lathe Legs
JohnMihovetz
$1,100.00 USD
Vintage American Flag / 1950's / Original Cotton 50 Star American Flag / Farmhouse Decor
Vintage American Flag / 1950's / Original Cotton 50 Star American Flag / Farmhouse Decor
JohnMihovetz
$100.00 USD
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Primitive Wooden Folk Art Shoe Shine Box / Made From Vintage Orange Crates
Vintage Home Decor / 1940's / Primitive Wooden Folk Art Shoe Shine Box / Made From Vintage Orange Crates
JohnMihovetz
$220.00 USD

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