My wife’s passion has always been the thrill of the find. From the early days of going to swap meets with her mother to find that rare Barbie, she’s always enjoyed acquiring unique and often one of a kind items. When the property at 1185 12th Street became available, we knew it was time to combine her love of home design and her passion for “The Pick”. Furbish, A Salvage Place was born on November 3, 2018.
Furbish offers unique home decor items, restored/upcycled furniture, outdoor accents, and reclaimed raw materials for those do it yourself projects. We have assembled a wonderful staff of people that enjoy getting out in our community, meeting people, and acquiring valuable items from days past.
What are some of your passions? How do they fuel you every day?
This project started with our passion to bring a type of store to our community that you typically only experience in a larger market like Portland. As we visited stores, we would continually say, “Salem needs a store like this!”. These experiences fuel us and confirm our commitment as we see all the wonderful pieces acquired and created by our pickers and, most importantly, hear the joyful comments of our customers.
What are some difficulties that you face in your industry?*
As you would expect, with a business based on unique and often vintage products, inventory is a constant concern. A continual flow of inventory is a must especially for a business model based on creating a different shopping experience on a weekly basis. Not only just obtaining product but getting items at reasonable prices that we can then pass on to our customers. Thankfully, we have so many skilled and dedicated staff that continue to amaze us with not only what they find but what they create.
Which brings up another challenge, space. Like a lot of businesses, there’s never enough of it! More on this topic to come below.
What is something, a saying or quote, that you live by, and how has it impacted your business?*
My wife and I have always felt that those who give will be blessed. Helping friends and family members whenever possible has always been important to us. Financial support is one thing but giving time and empowering others is truly where a person makes an impact. We have brought this philosophy into our business ventures. We try to find the best people to help our business be successful and then work along side them giving support and feedback. We believe we have the best staff at Furbish and hope that somehow we have unselfishly had an impact on their success financially and as a person.
What are some of your company's exciting updates or news that you'd like to share with Salem Area Chamber members?
Remember the space challenge I talked about earlier? Well, we will be expanding on the vacant lot next to us on 12th Street and are looking to grow our operations over the coming year. Our plans are to create access to the space through our existing building and expand retail sales in an indoor/outdoor setting. We are considering designs that create a community space that not only allows for retail sales but serves as a venue that can host events such as farmers markets, movie nights, live music, and more. The neighbors in the area have been so welcoming and supportive we truly believe we can continue to make a positive impact on this area. The 12th Street area has so much potential and we believe we can help it continue to grow and improve.
What are your goals for Chamber membership?*
Our main goal with Chamber membership is to be more connected with our community in order to seek additional opportunities for support. My wife and I are so excited about the things we see happening in the Salem business community. We want to be a part of the continued growth of Salem. With Chamber membership, we intend to make ourselves available looking for ways to build up our community and the people in it.
Who do you wish to connect with in Salem? The Chamber may be able to assist with that!*
We would like to continue to connect with people and businesses that make a positive impact on the Salem community. Currently, we are working with Sparrow Furniture to provide raw material for their projects and we hope to feature their items in our showroom. We hope that our partnership will help them continue serving people. These types of connections are what we seek.
If you could say one thing to the Salem community about your business, what would it be?*
We truly feel thankful and honored by the way the Salem has responded to the opening of Furbish, A Salvage Place. On a daily basis we get to witness the joy of our customers as they experience what has previously only existed in the larger markets. We remain committed to providing a one of a kind shopping experience with unique inventory that inspires creative design.