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Hello, and thank you for visiting my Etsy store! My name is Mario Halkyer, but my friends and neighbors call me THE RECYCLER.
I was born in New Mexico and raised for a time in Texas. At the young age of 16, I went to live with my brother, who was in the Navy and stationed at the Bethesda Medical Center. Eventually I moved to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. I was recruited into fatherhood when only 20, and found myself hustling for jobs. I was always trying get-rich schemes, but as the saying goes, you don’t get something for nothing—and I pretty much got nothing.
When we lived in Texas, my mother took me to flea markets and yard sales every weekend. Eventually we set up shop at some of the local trade fairs. This gave me a taste for renewing and reselling what others tossed aside, and while living in D.C., I quickly learned the ins and outs of picking up good stuff on Bulk pick-up days (trash days)…

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  • Born on August 12
  • Joined January 28, 2011

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Antiques, Reclaimed wood, Rustic Furniture, Country and Primitives, Industrial Furniture, Handcrafted Furniture, Vintage wood, Barn wood, Collectibles, Retro, ART NEUVO, Architectural Antiques, Plank Flooring

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About

Hello, and thank you for visiting my Etsy store! My name is Mario Halkyer, but my friends and neighbors call me THE RECYCLER.
I was born in New Mexico and raised for a time in Texas. At the young age of 16, I went to live with my brother, who was in the Navy and stationed at the Bethesda Medical Center. Eventually I moved to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. I was recruited into fatherhood when only 20, and found myself hustling for jobs. I was always trying get-rich schemes, but as the saying goes, you don’t get something for nothing—and I pretty much got nothing.
When we lived in Texas, my mother took me to flea markets and yard sales every weekend. Eventually we set up shop at some of the local trade fairs. This gave me a taste for renewing and reselling what others tossed aside, and while living in D.C., I quickly learned the ins and outs of picking up good stuff on Bulk pick-up days (trash days).
I loved making the rounds through D.C.’s alleyways, picking up people’s discards. Another old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” certainly proved true for me. I started picking up furniture that needed to be refinished, and every weekend I would take my restored items to the Georgetown Flea Market. My beautiful work made my items big sellers, and I also started picking up refinishing jobs and custom work. I kept on picking and hunting for that one item that would make me rich, but well, that never happened. Still, I did learn a lot and was on my way to becoming one of America’s original recyclers.
And that is how I became THE RECYCLER!
In 1998, my life took a turn and I ventured down to Brazil. Under the direction of a company based here in Virginia, I studied the possibility of buying reclaimed tropical materials salvaged from old structures, purchased from locals, and rescued from abandoned buildings that were condemned. Scouting these materials took me down giant rivers and through small villages, where I was able to purchase materials that otherwise would have been wasted. I worked with Brazilian government agencies to deconstruct bridges being used for illegal deforestation, and also with ranchers who had very old farm houses and barns that we were able to salvage.
Eventually I had sent several containers of salvaged materials, ranging from bridges to telephone poles, back to the States. The wood was mahogany, Brazilian walnut, and Brazilian cherry. Some of these materials are now having a second life in multi-million-dollar homes and fine furniture here in the USA.
Nowadays, 28 years after I began my salvaging career, I search far beyond Washington’s alleyways to gather materials for my recycled products. I travel the back roads of America, taking apart broken-down barns, farmhouses, factories, and other structures, bit by bit, one board at a time. I transform the old into the new by making rustic furniture and other items of home décor, and by finding homes for the parts I can’t use.
Of course, I’m still looking for that one piece that will make my retirement, but for now I’m hard at work transforming the old into the renewed. If you have an idea for a piece of furniture or other special item, give me a call. No job is too small or too big!
Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop. Please don’t hesitate to call on me—I will always respond!
Sincerely,
THE RECYCLER (a.k.a. Mario Halkyer)
Visit me on Facebook at Historical Salvage.com - Second Time Around

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