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Our Story

Dumpster Values’ Herstory

I have been managing the space dumpster values is housed in for 23 years. We have been so lucky to have a community of musicians, artist, curators, environmentalist, organizers, printmakers, seamstresses, builders and writers that work and share space with us. Here is a list of some of the people we have had the privilege of collaborating with over the years, but it is by no means an exhaustive list, please get in touch if there is anything I missed, or could make better. You can email me at kanakopooknyw@protonmail.com

When I opened Dumpster Values in 1995 it was housed at 321 4th ave and in the location we shared space with:

Joseph Derouselle
Kenan Holmes
Sara McFarland
Tobias Koyama

Shortly after that we moved to 117 Washington St where the store was between 1996 and 2006.  I shared the building with the following people:

Dumpster Values' building in 1996

Dumpster Values’ building in 1996

Alison Spain
Amy Yockey
Apolina Vargas
Buy Olympia
Donna Dresh
Funk Fuzz/Johny Baltimore
Jim Cole
Joe Denardo
John Kangas
Lauren O’Connor
Mike Cobb
Olympia Clothing Project
Rachel Carns
Radio Sloan
Dreamy Sea
Sarah Jane Aanrud
Shannon Wianecki
Star Athena Seifert
Stefan Simikich 
Wynne Greenwood
Arrowspace Venue
Phantom City Records

We moved to our current location that you all know and love in 2006 where we have continued working with our community to help support lots of new and exciting projects and spaces!


The store front of our current location before it was Dumpster Values

Abigail Adams

Bar Francis
Bike and Bike
Bikini Kill Records

Bonney Lake
Broken Water
Community Print
Deface Man

Eli Evans
Erica Freas

FunkFuzz Records
Kanako Pooknyw 
Kendra Freas

Kyle Rollins
Naomi Punk

Noping Skateboarding
Peter David Connelly of the Mona Reels
Phantom City Records
Rumble Town Records (RVIVR)

Stasia Kowaleski
Spider and the Webs
the Cusp
Tobi Vail

4 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. looks like you specialize in vintage>? I have some to get rid of.

  2. I absolutely love this store. I’m wondering, how would one get a job here?

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