Ingenuity, eco-sensibility and getting that extra joy out of each day.
Take a Melbourne administration professional with a passion for homewares and design; add her partner, someone who looks out with curious eyes, sees beauty in things past and present, and has the imagination and know how to repurpose and build.....this by way of introduction to Annie and Shane Brereton, and their newly established Salvage Merchants.
Advocating for and creating opportunities to rescue, repurpose and reuse, Salvage Merchants is a new business with an old soul, supporting a retail homewares product range, and including a range of furniture based on reimagined pieces and bespoke goods.
Salvage Merchants has a warehouse base (come on, who doesn't love a big room full of stuff!) an online store and in its customised approach, opportunities to follow anywhere the salvage merchant road might take.
Salvage Merchants is also a place for commissions, projects, custom design services and workshops that are as much about connection and community as they are about learning a new skill.
People can arrange to bring their own pieces for assessment and repurposing.
A focus is on small project commissions, a greenhouse out of recycled materials, a lamp out of Grandma’s silver tea service perhaps….
The backstory: family road trip leads to new directions.
Salvage Merchants started with an idea that took shape on a family camping trip over Christmas 2017. While exploring the Australian coastline, Shane and Annie Brereton were taking stock: of working life, their values, and their vision for family life.
With two teenage children, making a decision to model good environmental and ethical business practice was important.
“I don’t see my values in much of our consumer society, where we are in this habit of buying things to use and throw away”, notes Annie. “All of us were keen to see where we could contribute to change. We love the new buzz around things like repair-cafes, festivals that hold onto lost trades. We came back from that holiday with half a plan, to be honest, but the more we got into it, the more we realised how much we wanted to be on this path.”
The Salvage Merchants warehouse in Melbourne is a business base and a repository for things ready for repair and repurpose.
“As well as the joy of working with things we have found and are inspired by, we definitely see the opportunity to help people retain things they already have,” Shane adds, “whether a table with missing legs, or chairs with no seats or mirror in need of a makeover. I’m excited by being able to upcycle a piece of furniture someone may already own and value. People can work with us to breathe new life into family pieces so they can be enjoyed in new ways.”
Annie said she and Shane realised that life could be short, and they didn’t want to live it with regrets, and in Salvage Merchants they plan to build something that fills them emotionally and creatively. And to seal the deal that this is the right direction for this family, teenage daughter Lucinda is part way through a carpentry course. “I know it sounds like a mum thing, but seriously, she is one to watch! I’m a bit excited about that. And as we are now definitely open for business, I can reflect on where we were before Christmas, and would say we have clarified our values and our work and family purpose. Every moment counts. Make it mean something. Make it worth something.”
Bookings are not transferable so please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.
We often take photographs during our workshops. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Salvage Merchants or organised by Salvage Merchants must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Salvage Merchants.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give Salvage Merchants unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Salvage Merchants classes and events or on Salvage Merchants's premises. (For use of Salvage Merchants marketing materials).
Salvage Merchants requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer.
In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.