Who am I?
My name is Jörg Bender.
Uups, there is no letter ö in your alphabet? So let’s make it Joerg.
I am German and came to the US with my family in January 2014, when my wife, Petra, started working for the employer of her dreams. And she still does.
For me, this meant becoming a homemaker at first. And after about 1.5 years I decided to start my own business, based on what I have done before. Back in Germany I had an online store www.pumika.de and I sold dollhouse and wargaming miniatures. Mostly conventional retail items from all over the world (Europe, USA, Canada, Japan), some of them hard to find in Germany.
Why „Things from the Basement“?
Over the last 20 something years or so my spot for designing, building and painting miniatures of all sorts was the basement. And now it is again! So why not call my business “Things from the Basement, LLC”? And to show that I am serious about it, I registered as an LLC.
What does “Things from the Basement” do?
Well, obviously selling dollhouse and wargaming miniatures. But this time my intention is to do it a bit differently.
Again I am selling dollhouse and wargaming miniatures, with the focus being wargaming.
I design and manufacture laser-cut HDF (High Density Fiberboard) kits for 28mm, 15mm and 20mm figures. All kits are highly detailed, yet easy to assemble. Buildings open up for easy access during gaming. Most kits are made of a variety of materials like HDF, chipboard, paper and whatever else is needed to create realistic and functioning models for your gaming table.
My ranges cover several historical periods and geographical areas as well as Fantasy and Science Fiction. And in case you can’t find what you are looking for: time allowing I also do custom projects!
In addition to that you will find complementary products from different companies. Mostly from Europe and not always easy to find in the US.
Will “Things from the Basement” sell on trade shows?
Yes, definitely! You will find us at HUZZAH!, Historicon and Fall-In! Hope to see you then!
Yes, as I have already mentioned my family in the beginning, I have to add that there are three more women in my life besides my wife Petra: First there is Paula, our daughter, and second Sasha and Olivia, our cats!
And all four of them support me in realizing my American dream!