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Featured Shop: MD Quality Goods

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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Circa 1920's Goodyear Tires Brochure With Goodyear Seer Spinning Question Arrow / The Goodyear Tire Co., Akron, Ohio.
Circa 1920's Goodyear Tires Brochure With Goodyear Seer Spinning Question Arrow / The Goodyear Tire Co., Akron, Ohio.
JohnMihovetz
$75.00 USD
Red Seal Dry Battery 1916-1917 Celluloid Pocket Calendar With Battery & Driver Graphic.
Red Seal Dry Battery 1916-1917 Celluloid Pocket Calendar With Battery & Driver Graphic.
JohnMihovetz
$55.00 USD
Circa 1930's Harley Davidson Motorcycles Stamped Watch Fob With Original Leather Band.
Circa 1930's Harley Davidson Motorcycles Stamped Watch Fob With Original Leather Band.
JohnMihovetz
$325.00 USD
Circa 1920's Goodyear Tires Tin Lithograph Pin Back With Tire & Globe Graphic / The Goodyear Tire Co., Akron, Ohio.
Circa 1920's Goodyear Tires Tin Lithograph Pin Back With Tire & Globe Graphic / The Goodyear Tire Co., Akron, Ohio.
JohnMihovetz
$55.00 USD
Circa 1940's Martin's Premium Ethyl Gasoline Service Station Matchbook.
Circa 1940's Martin's Premium Ethyl Gasoline Service Station Matchbook.
JohnMihovetz
$35.00 USD
Circa 1930's Atlantic Motor Oil Two Piece Service Station Oil Change Reminder Tag / Atlantic Refining Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Circa 1930's Atlantic Motor Oil Two Piece Service Station Oil Change Reminder Tag / Atlantic Refining Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
JohnMihovetz
$45.00 USD
Circa 1940's New Old Stock Bolivar Motor Oil Service Station Matchbook With Quart Oil Can Graphic.
Circa 1940's New Old Stock Bolivar Motor Oil Service Station Matchbook With Quart Oil Can Graphic.
JohnMihovetz
$35.00 USD
Circa 1940's New Old Stock Clark's Super 100 Ethyl Gasoline Service Station Matchbook.
Circa 1940's New Old Stock Clark's Super 100 Ethyl Gasoline Service Station Matchbook.
JohnMihovetz
$30.00 USD
Circa 1930's New Old Stock Veedol Motor Oil Service Station Oil Change & Lubrication Reminder Tag.
Circa 1930's New Old Stock Veedol Motor Oil Service Station Oil Change & Lubrication Reminder Tag.
JohnMihovetz
$25.00 USD
Circa 1920's The Detroit Savings Bank Novelty Advertising Celluloid Dime Bank With Native American Graphic.
Circa 1920's The Detroit Savings Bank Novelty Advertising Celluloid Dime Bank With Native American Graphic.
JohnMihovetz
$325.00 USD
Circa 1930's New Old Stock Atlantic White Flash Gasoline Three Little Men Tin License Plate Topper With Reflective Jewel.
Circa 1930's New Old Stock Atlantic White Flash Gasoline Three Little Men Tin License Plate Topper With Reflective Jewel.
JohnMihovetz
$375.00 USD
Circa 1920's Goodyear Ballon Tires Advertising Card With Mov-I-Graff Chain Driver Graphic.
Circa 1920's Goodyear Ballon Tires Advertising Card With Mov-I-Graff Chain Driver Graphic.
JohnMihovetz
$75.00 USD
Circa 1920's Ajax Cord Tires Advertising Ink Blotter With Tire Graphic / Ajax Rubber Co., New York, New York.
Circa 1920's Ajax Cord Tires Advertising Ink Blotter With Tire Graphic / Ajax Rubber Co., New York, New York.
JohnMihovetz
$45.00 USD

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