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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.