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"Down in the basements of many homes people have things they never even think about ...  it's a treasure trove of old boxes and pulleys and wheels and things that people just throw aside -- and they're absolutely gorgeous, beautiful pieces!" Linda Lee Mellish says. She runs a shop in Philadelphia, ReStore, that sells old and antique items -- furniture, glassware, and architectural pieces. In this documentary portrait from Cinema Mercantile, she describes what makes these forgotten items so valuable. The video is part of a series focusing on small businesses and handcrafted products. Mike Collins, the director, describes the making of the project in an interview here

For more work by Cinema Mercantile, visit their Vimeo channel

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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