Owner: Kathy Hastings
Address: 6483 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY
Phone: (315) 492-1266
I have always found it fun to visit an older home, especially ones with nooks and crannies, and little treasures hiding in the attic. Visiting Sweet Salvage Gift Shoppe in Jamesville feels a bit like that, even though there are modern items for sale everywhere you look. The charm of the old home in which the store sits oozes through the entire store, so that being there feels like visiting a friend, instead of simply patronizing a store.
Owner Kathy Hastings says her goal is to help her customers feel good and to laugh. There is warmth and cheer everywhere. A water cooler is available for thirsty customers, and cider and food samples are set up during busy shopping times. At this time of year, holiday decorations abound and are woven through nearly every display. Customers receive one free raffle ticket for every $25 they spend. There are so many noteworthy items in the store, it’s impossible to name them all, but I’d like to highlight a few of the things that make Sweet Salvage stand out as a Local Treasure.
Kathy makes all of her signs from salvaged items and turns them into unique works of art. If you’re looking for a sign with a specific word on it, she will make it for you. Hooks can be added for keys, coats, leashes, etc. Among the many signs that are already made and for sale, here are a few: Love, Family, Syracuse, Farm House, Welcome, Angel, Laundry, Leash, Keys, Mud Room, and the sign below (my personal favorite).
Custom signs abound. There is a beautiful sign for a wedding couple, which can be customized with their names and wedding date. There are signs for your location, including the name of your hometown and its geographical coordinates.
Salvage Home Decor and Furniture
Genuinely clever items are everywhere, such as the wine glass rack below, made from salvaged wood, metal, and a rake. Sweet Salvage offers yard ornaments, furniture made from repurposed items, antique furniture, custom made farm tables, among others.
The hall tree below is partially made from an old door, with hooks and a bench added. I’m confident you won’t find this anywhere else.
In addition, I briefly mentioned the yard ornaments. Although the store sells more traditional garden ornaments for those with less wacky tastes (such as squirrels, frogs, etc. made from stone), there are many examples of fun and original yard ornaments both on the front lawn and upstairs that bring humor and delight to the yard and are made from salvaged materials.
Functional and Fun Items
Sweet Salvage carries Blue Q. oven mitts, dish towels and socks, which contain funny pictures and phrases; bird houses made from weathered wood; hanging plant holders wrapped with dried vines and covered with personality; candle holders made from old wine bottles and beads; soap that looks like giant gemstones. There is more than I can list here, but knowing several friends might rush out and buy the item below, I am posting a picture because it’s so darn cute and totally functional. If it’s gone when you arrive, ask if you can order another.
Unique Holiday Items
Christmas and winter-themed decorations are everywhere. I came in looking for an ornament for each of my kids, and I walked out with one ornament and two Christmas decorations I hadn’t planned to buy. These aren’t typical Christmas decorations; they are truly unique. A few items to note: a light-up garland made from real pine cones; angels made from wood scraps; large wooden hanging snowflakes; sparkly deer statuettes; silver and white lanterns; furry elves, gnomes and animals; and the cutest statuettes of little birds wearing Santa hats (I couldn’t resist this last item; my family loves birds). The metal trees below are so different from anything I have seen, I have been thinking about going back for one all afternoon.
Apart from the cute bird statue wearing a Santa hat, the other item I couldn’t resist was one of the light-up winter canvases below. Although it’s hard to see this feature in my picture, these canvas pictures have little holes that allow battery-operated lights to shine through, and the lights twinkle. In the picture of candles on the top shelf (below), the flames light up; in the church underneath it, the windows glow; and so on. Battery operated, with a timer option, the lights are ever so subtle but catch your attention. These are made by Oak Street Wholesale out of Peoria, Illinois, and are really clever. The shelf below shows the smaller canvases, but larger ones are available in the back of the store’s first floor.
It’s time to wrap up, but there is so much more to share. In addition to the items highlighted above, Sweet Salvage has all of the typical items you would expect to find in a gift shop: jewelry (Pink House handmade, Brighton, Element-ality), apparel (Mona B. clothing, Susan Joy handbags), The Soap Hag goat’s milk soap, “Naturally European” brand hand cream, and candles (Swan Creek Candle Company). All of the products appear to be either locally made, Made in the USA, or are fair trade products.
Sweet Salvage is right in the heart of Jamesville, not far from the train tracks. There are several other stores nearby that are worth noticing, too, so if you have a little time, wander around. You might discover another Local Treasure!
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