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Junk inspires a touch of genius

Salvaging everyday items destined for the scrapyard forms a big money-spinner for the trade

ONCE described as halfway between scrap and antiques or cash from trash, architectural salvage is today one of the trade’s biggest success stories.

Thornton Kay, a passionate environmentalist and reclaim advocate, and founder of Salvo Fairs and the SalvoWeb, sums it up well in his succinct foreword to The Reclaimers, first published in 2005.

“As our built environment became more protected, so the predominant salvage type moved from Georgian to Victorian – now retro is all the rage.

“For dealers, the name of the game is to find something no-one wants, save a load of it, create an appreciation for it and then make a market for it.”

Decorators and designers particularly adore salvage. Its wide range includes architectural, decorative, agricultural, garden, theatrical, cinema and theatre lighting, ecclesiastical and every type of shop content.

“Plus pieces which can’t be categorised, such as chapatti rollers and Bombay taxi meters,” he continues.

Reclaimed interiors in shops are now all the rage. “It’s all about giving shoppers an ‘experience’,” said retail expert John Regan of marketing agency Fitch.

Of course, some very silly prices are asked, but there are also many bargains to be had in an abundant field.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.