When it opened in 2008, West End Salvage hours were a few days a week and by appointment. Now, the small parking lot is usually packed with visitors seeking inspiration in unusual places.
The star of an HGTV series by the same name, West End Salvage capitalizes on the trend of repurposing vintage items for decor, furniture and garden art. The four floors of this old grocery warehouse are open to the public—a brick stairwell connects visitors to room after room of dusty potential finds. Rummage to your heart's content through advertising signs, newels, fireplaces, doorknobs, chairs, tables, auto parts and items that defy identification. Hundreds of light fixtures dangle from the ceilings. Most pieces are tagged individually; baseboards, barn boards and railings are priced by the foot.
If pickers have trouble envisioning just what to do with these treasures-in-waiting, staff members are always on hand to offer suggestions and ideas. In fact, the owner can often be seen consulting with clients in the main-level seating area. Espresso drinks and fruit smoothies invite shoppers to linger—perhaps catching a glimpse of the TV crew waiting for the next take.