If you asked me who my thrift idols are it would be a sweet list of people who I really look up to in our thrifting world. At the top of my list though you would find three incredible women who make up The Salvage Studio. I had the honor of meeting them two years ago when I did an interview at the official Salvage Studio in Edmonds, Washington. It was really one of those places that you never wanted to leave. Ever. I was thinking of reasons in my head to stay and just live there. I mean three salvage studio gals can easily become 4. I could move to Edmonds, set up a tent in the back area and live in this thrift paradise forever. Of course one phone call from Dave reminding me to pick up Keiran from Kindergarten brought me back to reality very quickly. I was forced to say my goodbyes and head back on the ferry to home with only a souvenirs to remind me of my enchanting day with Amy, Beth and Lisa.
Fast forward two years later and I now have the honor of being one of the first to have had my hands on their new book, The Salvage Studio, sustainable home comforts to organize, entertain and inspire.
I've purchased and looked at so many of these books over the last decade and by far this is the creme de le creme of the thrift/junk books on the market today. It doesn't take long for me to love this book when I see that it is published on matte paper. It feels lovely, it smells lovely and it's just waiting for me with endless projects to create. The photos are incredible and truly inspiring. This review was actually due two weeks ago but was delayed as I was trying to get my hands on a vintage baby crib in order to make this project for the book review post.
I've seen a hundred vintage cribs at yard sales collecting dust in the corners but when I want one in order to make this lovely, and so needed, paper rack, there isn't one to be seen anywhere. And I really, really want one for my paper collection sitting awkwardly on a shelf in my craft room, probably getting squished and creased. A vintage crib is on my thrift shopping list as we speak.
This book is filled to the brim with projects using everyday thifted finds. Or even items that we have lurking about in our basements and garages. Every time I open the book I feel so motivated to make something out of nothing which could very well be their tag line for their next book. I've seen books before that require you to actually spend a lot of money to make something from a thrift store. Not in this book. I want to make everything from their craft room/office projects. After I get my hands on a crib I will next look out for an old frame to make this.
The Salvage Studio book reminds me of Martha's Everyday Food cookbook. Not only are the ingredients for these projects every day objects that we all have or can find let's not talk about the crib though but they create something unimaginably useful. I can't be bothered with cookbooks that are chock full of exotic ingredients that I have to drive to Seattle for. I want to open up my cupboard and find everything there and make a simple tasty meal that the family will enjoy and ask for again. This ribbon holder would be a perfect project for me. I have heaps of vintage ribbon that I sadly have in a tangled mess in a little basket.
With each project you will find a materials list, a tools list and very clear, if not witty, set of instructions. For example for the Garden Dish Tower the instructions read "Stack your pieces for a trial run. Do this when your pets are taking naps." I adore authors that throw in humor like this as it speaks fondly to my own heart. Seriously though this book is incredible and I endorse it with every thrift bone in my body. Run out and get it and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with The Salvage Studio book.