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BUYING A “PIECE OF THE PAST” IS

MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK

 SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO AUTHENTIC GIFTS

        ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (October, 2003)           The saying “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” rings true for many consumers looking for items from house wares to furniture.  With more and more people trying to hold on to a piece of the past, the market for reproductions is growing in popularity.  From stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn to William Sonoma, reproductions of items like claw foot bathtubs, pedestal sinks, glass drawer pulls and pendant lights are commanding high prices for shoppers.  Yet, what some connoisseurs of the past don’t know is that they can buy the “real thing” for a fraction of the cost.

       “Whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone, you can purchase authentic items for the home at truly reasonable prices,”  explains Liz Ross, co-owner of Island Girl Salvage in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  “In addition to getting an item in its original form, you are given the priceless gift of history with a tale to tell of when and where the piece came from.”

       The idea that only the wealthy can buy authentic antique items is a myth that can be quickly dispelled when you walk into an architectural salvage store like Island Girl Salvage in Arlington Heights.  With an ever-changing inventory, the retail outlet features hundreds of items including interior, exterior, screen and French doors; leaded and stained glass windows of all sizes; fireplace mantles, fenders, tiles, screens and andirons; claw foot bath tubs, pedestal sinks and medicine cabinets; lighting fixtures which include chandeliers, sconces, floor, bridge, radio and desk lamps; a wide variety of hard-to-find period shades; mirrors; hardware; ornamental woodwork, metalwork and ceiling tin; decorative ware; garden ware such as urns, cements, vintage limestone, bricks and pavers; marble pedestals and tabletops; highly collectable pottery; and many interesting and quirky finds related to different time periods.

 “Powered by low interest rates and a cocooning trend, there has been an increase in the number of Americans investing in their homes,”  says Tabitha Long, co-owner of Island Girl Salvage.  “In addition, we are seeing a greater number of consumers who are focused on preserving a piece of their past and adding a sense of nostalgia to their home, apartment and even office decorating.  Everyone from Baby Boomers to GenX’ers are looking to enhance the quality of their lives by returning to a simpler time”

All pre-1950s architectural treasures available for purchase at Island Girl Salvage come complete with a sales tag that describes the origin and time period of the item.

Island Girl Salvage is the only pre-1950s architectural salvage company in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Located at 74 S. Evergreen Avenue, Arlington Heights, Illinois, the unique retail shop provides a one-stop source for quality antique and architectural pieces to be used in residential and commercial buildings.  In addition, Island Girl Salvage is a vendor at the Colonial Antique Mall in Woodstock, Illinois and can be accessed via www.islandgirlsalvage.com or by calling 847.392.2726

 


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