The good news is that last week I had found the best vintage salvage shop ever! It was a treasure trove of rust, dirt, and all-things-nostalgic.
The bad news is that I couldn’t tell you where it was because it was for a Duluth Trading model shoot. They’re pretty strict about disclosing shoot locations.
But this post was updated months later to tell you that this awesome salvage and antique shop is called Art & Architecture in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Remember I told you some time ago that I was one of nine winners in their 2015 Model Search? Yes–I know…I’m shocked that my “mom gut” didn’t disqualify me. HA! But yep–I was one of the winners, and am now officially a Duluth model!
Anyhow, I squealed with delight when I saw this was one of our shot locations! Just watch this behind-the-scenes short clip (1:25 seconds) of one of the rooms in the store. We were like kids in a candy store!!
My makeup artist, Fatima, and I were taking a break and scoping out the goodies and we couldn’t believe the stuff we were finding. She was so funny! She kept saying, “I want allll this stuff.”
Let Me Back Up…
Before I get ahead of myself and gush about this vintage salvage shop, let me tell you about the other amazing sets on which we shot!
You see, Duluth Trading actually uses real women in their catalog. They find women who are tough-as-nails farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, DIYers…(me!)… and they shoot us in locations that are natural to our authentic selves.
For me, Mrs. I-Love-Junk-and-Power-Tools-and-Blogging, they scouted out the perfect location that was one part Amazing Workshop, one part Awesome Vintage Salvage Shop, and another part Delicious Cafe.
I felt like I was in Disney World or something when I walked in and saw this workshop!!
Even the way they had scraps of wood mounted to the wall, it looks perfectly placed, full of character and intrigue! I felt inspired to do something like that to my workshop, too!
I marveled at the skill it must have taken to put together furniture from scratch like this…. And the fact that they clearly had a sense of humor. 😉
And the stockpile of wood! The materials! I couldn’t close my mouth.
I wanted to move into this workshop. I wanted the professionals there to teach me everything they knew.
Remnants of their projects were scattered about and showed the level of detail and pride in their handmade pieces.
I wish I could tell you where this workshop is located (they offer classes, too), but since the catalog isn’t coming out until last winter/early spring, I can’t say yet.
But man… I was so in love with that workshop that I was serious when I asked the owner if I could come back to become and apprentice for a few days!
I’m totally serious. 🙂
And Then THIS Vintage Salvage Shop Happened
As if it couldn’t get any better…. nearby to the workshop was the.most.amazing vintage salvage shop I had ever seen.
Maybe I’m just used to the thrift store, where great finds are far and few between, but this place….
….there were just so many amazing treasures!!
They had tons of signs and letters!
And I fell in love with these lockers and cabinets.
See the little gray one on top of the blue one, next to the green? I had to have it.
It wasn’t cheap. (Don’t ask!).
But when you compare the cost to what I would pay retail in Maryland….well…I bought it and paid to have them ship it to me. I considered it a gift to myself for a job well done on set. A souvenir, if you will…
And these vintage comics!! I bought 4 of them!
I plan to frame them.
And it’s hard to see, but I wanted that long table!!!! I think it was $750. EEK…but worth every penny. If only I lived closer.
Watch the short video clip HERE of the behind-the-scenes of this room.
It took us about 5-6 hours to shoot about seven scenes with different wardrobe changes.
Then later that night, Fatima, the makeup artist, invited me out with her husband and niece and we hit up an Aveda party and a local bar. She and I really clicked! She was so awesome! Don’t you love making new friends??
So if you’re ever in Minnesota, you’ve got to check out Art & Architecture! And they will ship to you. Awesome, right??
So have you ever found that perfect place that makes you drool?? Tell me all about it below!