I caught up with Eddie Ross (from Season 2 of now defunct Top Design) today on his way back to New York from a flea market shopping trip in Washington, DC. Now…Jason Champion set up this little phone chat on my behalf because he and Eddie are “like this,” so my expectation was to dish with someone who could dish as well as Jason.
And that just didn’t happen.
Turns out Eddie has already gone too far down the rabbit hole to risk trash talkin’ with some design blogger from Texas. There are deals with HGTV and relationships with judges from Top Design to protect, so all of the catty behavior I expected to get to participate in just flew out the window. It’s totally understandable—he’s poised to really break out in a big way. But being just another outlet for a press dump is not exactly what I had in mind for this blog.
It wasn’t a total loss though. While doing the research to prepare for our interview, I discovered Eddie’s Etsy shop (say that five times, fast!), which contains a treasure trove of carefully selected flea market finds—all under $100. “We have a very natural process of editing and finding things that are special,” Eddie says, “that really give our Etsy shop that eclectic, yet curated kind of feel. We didn’t want to produce an Etsy shop that looked like a tag sale, which could happen really fast!” Some fun stuff available via Eddie’s shop: