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Recycled Hubcap Decorations for the Home or Garden

Hub Cap Annie's sells recycled hubcap decorations, with many creative ways in which to decorate home or garden with these new and used hubcaps.
By Pamela Kerr Martin
November/December 2003
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Hub Cap Annie's sells recycled hubcap decorations for home or garden.
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Hub Cap Annie's fun recycled hubcap decorations are a great choice for the home or garden.

Hub Cap Annie’s, which sells used and classic hubcaps in Denver, Colorado, puts a new spin on “recycling.”

Starting her engine: In 1982, without a lick of automotive savvy, Jane Withers hit the road with a beat-up truck, 600 used hubcaps, and a rubber hammer. Gradually she created a successful new, used, and antique hubcap empire. Over the years, she’s sold wheel coverings and her recycled hubcap decorations to film crews, architects, and restaurants.

Chrome craze: For auto buffs, Annie’s Hubcap Museum displays tire covers of classic Aston Martin, Pierce-Arrow, and Terraplane cars. Also available: the potentially lethal three-bar spinner, which may have contributed to chrome’s demise (car manufacturers now use plastic). The spinners, with three metal squares sticking out dangerously from a hubcap’s center like a fan, were designed to look pretty when the wheels turned but were outlawed in 1979 to protect pedestrians.

Classy chassis: Whenever there’s a fundraiser or a local parade, Withers assumes her “Viking Valkyrie” persona and dons a pair of golden braids and a hubcap breastplate.

Tireless decor: Functional or decorative, recycled hubcaps can spiff up your home or yard, says Withers. She suggests arranging them ­artfully on walls, showing them off as cocktail party serving platters, converting them into lampshades, feeding Fido in style (Ford truck hubcaps work well), and mounting them in wet cement on exterior walls or walkways.

Where she parks: Denver, Colorado.

Roundabout uses: “People get pretty creative with hubcaps. I’ve seen them used as lamp bases, clock faces, purses, and even as a container for pâté.”

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