Take an espresso while you Salvage some vintage wares
RETRO, vintage, industrial ... and totally eclectic.
The colourful odds and ends, once-cherished knick-knacks, upcycled funky furniture and rare bits and pieces that make up the wares of Salvage Design on Nicklin Way, Warana, seem vaguely familiar.
That's because they look like they came straight out of your mum's lounge room, from inside the dark corners of granddad's garage and out of your aunt's kitchen cupboard.
The store, which opened in June last year, is an Aladdin's cave of wonders that demands closer inspection.
And now you can - over a coffee and cake.
Fully trained baristas have joined owners Allan and Trish Campbell at the new in-store espresso bar.
The locally roasted Mambo coffee beans are organically grown - a blend that produces a smooth, chocolatey taste with no bitterness.
So visitors can sit down - maybe at the sewing mach
ine table for two or spread out along the bench made from a roadworks sign - and have a coffee, tea or chai latte and something from the range of snacks (cakes, slices and cookies (including gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives) as they cast their eyes around the room.
The Campbells, who have lived on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years, search high and low throughout the region for interesting items to restore, recycle and renew for their treasure trove.
They also custom-make furniture from recycled timber and metal, as well as create awesome industrial lighting from discarded tools and industrial pipe. So old items reclaim their former glory through a little tender loving care or receive a new lease on life with a little "spin" on their original purpose.
"As we recycle existing pieces and upcycle old timber and metal into useful items, we are reducing waste and keeping items out of landfill," Allan said.
Customers can browse and find quirky "one-offs", get their vintage "fix" or put together shabby-chic decor for their homes or offices.
Allan said he and Trish had always had a love of vintage furniture and began buying and selling a few years back from home
"Early 2014, we made the move to an industrial shed in Warana where we stored, cleaned and upcycled our finds," he said.
"We started selling online.
"We soon realised that when people came to pick up their purchases, they wanted to look around at what else we had.
"This led us to start opening the shed up one day a week as a garage sale.
"The move to retail premises seemed to be the next logical step."
The store is open from 6am-2pm weekdays and 7am-2pm Saturdays. Check out the Salvage Design Facebook page for pics of all the latest finds.