While Atlanta has its fair share of antique shops, thrift stores and markets, none are quite like the biannual Salvage vintage market, where old stuff rules. Put on by the Indie Craft Experience (a huge proponent of local crafters and regular host for similar events), this day-long pop-up market is dedicated to all things antique.
See, there's a pull to vintage objects that demands our attention. Atlantans get that: we attach ourselves to history and naturally find ourselves attracted to antique stores and thrift shops. We take our time admiring the handiwork of antique furniture, clothing and ancient jewelry, then grow reminiscent. That timelessness and old aesthetic is part of the draw, but so, too, is that overwhelming sense of nostalgia. So an event like Salvage fits right in.
At Salvage in Atlanta, you can find something old, crafty or just plain kitschy — Photo courtesy of Indie Craft Experience
When you arrive to Salvage, held at Ambient Plus Studios – a rosy, romantic space that looks like an Anthropologie catalog – you'll enter a room full of forgotten treasures. Walk in without a plan or a sense of direction; sometimes the best finds materialize when you don't know what you're looking for.
Comb through home goods, décor, vintage clothes, furniture, books and more, as well as a host of new, handcrafted, vintage-inspired items (art, jewelry, T-shirts, accessories) among the stalls of 50-plus vendors.
True, it's a cost-effective way to rack up chic finds for your apartment and wardrobe and to discover new favorite local artists and vendors, but Salvage also makes for a fab social excursion, too. The event attracts a wide range of shoppers – artists, crafters, fashion devotees, designers, hipsters, musicians, foodies, regular folks and writers. Bring a few crafty friends along to take in the experience.
Enter for old-school cool — Photo courtesy of Indie Craft Experience
Even if you're not buying, there's plenty to see and do. Chances are, you'll probably bump into a few people that you know. Mingle with the crowd as you work your way through the wares, and make a few guest appearances inside the onsite photo booth.
Besides the shopping, stick around for a vintage style competition. After a few laps around the market, grab a hand-held eat from one of the local food vendors. (You need fuel while deciding between the wool coat and the hand-carved rolling pin, after all.)
The next Salvage event happens on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 cash at the door. Get there early, and you may be one of the first 100 who receive swag bags designed by local illustrator Cat + Mouse.
For more information on the market and Indie Craft Experience, visit SalvageATL.com.