Funky Junk turns trash into treasure with the friendly
feel of a bygone era
- 21st June 2017
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Rainbow St Public School teacher Rob Miller creates
his own furniture from recycled materials and has
opened his own retro shop called Funky Junk at Maroubra
Junction. Picture: John Appleyard
Rebecca Franks, Southern Courier
FORMER teacher hopes to bring a touch of Byron Bay
and Newtown to Maroubra Junction with his new shop
Funky Junk which has the friendly vibe of a bygone
era and sells retro, vintage and recycled products.
Miller, who was a special needs teacher at Rainbow
St Public School in Randwick for 12 years, embarked
on a career change after being encouraged by locals.
57-year-old said he started making and selling his
own furniture in front of his Matraville home when
passers-by said he should open his own shop.
Miller hopes to bring a touch of Byron Bay and Newtown
to Maroubra Junction with his new Anzac Pde shop.
Picture: John Appleyard
looked at many premises and I was going to give up,
said Mr Miller, who emigrated to Australia 27 years
ago from Portsmouth.
I found this dilapidated old bread shop. I put everything
in, all the shelving and repainted. I got a graffiti
artist to paint the shutters.
Junk, on Anzac Pde, is like stepping back into a friendlier
era filled with retro homewares, classic novels, tie-dyed
clothes, Nepalese throws, recycled bags, chunky necklaces
and vintage records.
the back is rustic furniture recycled from wooden
pallets, plant pots made from melted down vinyls,
old typewriters, record players, tape decks and bongos.
Lily Oen, who specialises in portraits and landscapes,
is in residence most Wednesdays and Mr Miller is planning
to bring in a tarot card reader on Saturdays.
Holly Prichard said: I love the shop, it brings
a bit of colour to Maroubra.
have not really found any other shop like this in
the surrounding area.
necklaces, bracelets, rings and accessories for sale
at Funky Junk, Maroubra Junction. Picture: John Appleyard
Miller said he sourced items from house clearances,
some donations, recycled materials and from overseas
where he could spend 10 to 12 hours a day shopping.
like haggling, he said. I sell anything
that stands out as a bit different.
want to bring a bit of Newtown or Byron Bay to Maroubra
I was teaching, during the school holidays I was doing
markets and garage sales.
told me I should open my own shop so I gave up teaching.
After 12 years, it wasnt an easy decision to
Miller points to one of the plant pots he made from
a melted down vinyl record. Picture: John Appleyard
I keep prices low as I want to keep things moving.
still made a bit and it keeps people happy.
like to build up relationships with customers, its
a bit of a community thing as well.
the moment, it doesnt feel like going to work.
Junk can be found at 882 Anzac Pde, Maroubra Junction.