About Guilded Salvage
So, this is where we're supposed to brag shamelessly, but that's not really our style. We do, however, love what we do and we are proud of our shop. Early on we got a reputation locally for having a clean, well-displayed and organized showroom and for being friendly. We've become the place, as one of our customers said, to "go to first," because if we don't have what they're searching for, our knowledge and helpful service prepare them to shop other places. With four other architectural salvage places in the Minneapolis area, we've settled into our niche, which is lighting and hardware. We can restore and repair our locks and lights upon request, although we appreciate and like to keep the original patina whenever possible. We also stock a few reproduction items to solve the new-to-old dilemmas and to augment a limited supply of original items that have frequent requests.
We called our business "Guilded Salvage" to evoke the trades guilds where information, technique and reverence for fine craftsmanship are shared and preserved, combined with the gilded homonym because we liked the idea of salvage with a golden sheen!
Most of our stuff is from houses, from 1880 to 1940, mostly local. We occasionally have pieces that are newer, but they have to meet our stringent requirements (cool, interesting, and/or really well made). We've salvaged a couple of churches and schools, which are fun because we'll have multiples of the same light or cabinet - easy to design into new kitchens or other remodel projects.
We've been in business for over eighteen years: nine years at our Northeast Minneapolis location and now nine plus at our new Northside digs. When we first started, a lot of our salvages were from buildings that were slated for demolition (most in rough shape), but now the public awareness has changed and more buildings are being remodeled instead (which is good). We work with the wreckers, contractors, and homeowners to obtain salvage rights, then Scott does most of the removal of kitchen cupboards, claw foot bathtubs, doors, trim, built-ins, windows, light fixtures, and hardware. When he brings it back to the shop we re-assemble, clean, and display the pieces. Scott's ability to be selective and yet inclusive (taking the time to remove the small pieces like strike plates and closet hooks) and Christina's systematic cataloging and good-looking displays together make for a pleasant shopping experience for our customers.
Thank you for visiting this page. We hope to hear from you soon!
--Scott Rogers and Christina Dodge, proprietors