The good news is that 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 lug everything home with me because it was in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I was there for a Duluth Trading Company modeling shoot (I’m from Maryland).
This awesome salvage show is called Art & Architecture and if you’re ever passing through Minnesota and love junk, antiques, and treasures, you’ve got to stop!
Remember I told you some time ago that I was one of nine winners in Duluth’s 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!!
How to Shop Salvage Shops
Before I share with you some tips on how to shop your next salvage shop (and before I gush about this amazing vintage 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 at Disney World or something when I walked in and saw this workshop!!
Even the way they had scraps of wood mounted on 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. 🙂
#1 Salvage Shop Tip1: Look for Boxes…and Lots of Them!
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!!
One of the best things to buy from salvage shops is vintage wooden and metal baskets. My favorite are the ones with card catalog labels on them. These can be used for storage on shelves!
#2 Salvage Shop Tip: Vintage Letters Are Hot Buys
Art & Architecture had tons of signs and letters! Just be forewarned that vintage letters like these are usually pretty pricey. I don’t recall how much these were, but there were expensive (but very cool!). I actually happened to find some letters one day while at the organic store, so keep your eyes open for these popular letters.
#3 Salvage Shop Tip: Ask If They’ll Ship To Your Home!
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…
Most businesses can ship things via Greyhound and it actually is super affordable. Shipping for one of these cabinets was only about $50!
#4 Salvage Shop Tip: What Can You Frame?
I also fell in love with these vintage comics!! I bought 4 of them!
I plan to frame them.
Look for old photographs…comics…anything that can easily be framed, to create instant wall art. 🙂
#5 Salvage Shop Tip: Invest In Nostalgia
Who knew that those old phones we all remember from our childhood would become so valuable? While I think $65 is expensive, I like the idea of investing in those items that bring back a sense of nostalgia.
Look for those things that you can bring into your life that remind you of your childhood, even something as mundane as an old phone. 😉
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.
Finishing Up Our Adventure at the Salvage Shop
It took us about 5-6 hours to shoot about seven scenes with different wardrobe changes at the salvage shop.
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 salvage shop that makes you drool?? Tell me all about it below!