Imagine someone scouring antique store after antique store after flea market after garage sale to find the best of the best in home decor. Then delivering the look of a European market, Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie at very fair prices. That's what the cool folks at Sweet Salvage are doing the third Thursday-Sunday of every month.
This non-descript little warehouse at 7th Street and Camelback has a line down the block before the doors even open. Each month brings a new theme and for October it was French Market.
The man greeting us asks if we brought our truck and we laugh, but later we understand it was no joke. The pieces are amazing and the prices are unbelievable. Who could pass up a $45 antique burlap covered chair that looks straight off the pages of Ballard Designs? Or green vintage bottles similar to West Elm and Pottery Barn, but for $8 and the real deal. I was absolutely smitten with the vintage flour sack pillows, but (as you may know from my previous post on pillow addiction) limits must be set.
Last month I walked away with a chippy white wood crate, rustic antique wood tool box and a funky big glass jar. I was thisclose to coming home with a four foot long Keep Our Highways Clean white and black rusty metal sign. Perfect size and color, but not sure if the message was quite right (although I fully support clean highways and am anti-littering).
This time around I didn't arrive until Sunday afternoon and most of the goods had been picked over. Still worth my while though. Less people meant the ladies gave me special attention - like sifting through old wine and champagne bottles together reading inscriptions from strangers' celebrations past.