Sourced & Salvaged
Sourced & Salvaged is a small specialty design shop where owner Darius Armstrong sells a delightful mix of found and reclaimed antiques. The shop , which is new to Cabbagetown , has been open near Gerrard and Parliament for about a month and a half, and Armstrong has been restoring and building items for about a year. It looks like he's been doing it his whole life.
In stacks and leaning against the walls of the shop, you'll find antique windows perfect for a rustic gallery wall or party decor (starting at $10); a variety of wooden crates whose destiny used to be in fruit and wine ($30-$60), and all forms of furniture and other home decor carrying the energy of spirits gone by.
Aside from these lovely, unaltered items sold in Sourced & Salvaged, Armstrong also sells many of his own creations made from repurposed materials. Hanging lights made from antique mason jars can be had for $45 (and up). "I make lots of lights, but so far I haven't burned anything down. I've shocked myself," Armstrong says.
I'm not too shocked, as he clearly has a natural aptitude to take what would be piled of old junk to some and turn it into glorious one-of-a-kind pieces. And, given the craftsmanship and unique nature of his creations, they are priced very reasonably, at least compared to much of what one might find in Parkdale . Armstrong, who manages a restaurant during the day to help finance his dream, just laughs and says it's all "trial and error."
A few more wonderful things: stunning coffee tables and benches made from the wood of 150-year-old row-house roofs; a huge collection of antique glass bottles (which go for as little as $5), and a series of antique steamer trunks and chairs.
Where does he get all of his fabulous materials? Alongside his creativity, Armstrong is also blessed with more than your average amount of tenacity. He trolls auctions, estate sales, and goes picking and cold-calling.
"If I see a house that's crammed full of stuff, I'll knock on the door and say, 'Hey, are you interested in selling anything?' He said hoarders can be delicious providers of under-appreciated antiques and materials.
Sourced & Salvaged is a must if you're into antiques and reclaimed materials. As I said, the prices are more than fair, and Armstrong is a charming dude who also offers custom pieces. My only caution is the hours: they're open from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday til Saturday. But that's because Armstrong runs the operation all by himself, from the sourcing and building of the items to the selling of them, and he works in a restaurant all day, too, which basically means he works on a constant basis. I would recommend carving out some time in the evening and popping in to say hi.
Photos by James C. Lee .