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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Junkin’ Field Trip with Iowa Bloggers: West End Salvage

 

West End Salvage has been junkin’ since before junkin’ was cool.

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The store, located in a 4+ floor, 50,000 square foot building in Des Moines, started as a garage sale almost 10 years ago.

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Now, it’s a popular home d├ęcor store and coffee shop.

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So popular, in fact, that it has its own reality TV show on HGTV!

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West End Salvage, the show, originally aired in 2013.  There have been 12 episodes so far (on HGTV on Thursday nights, currently) and there is a possibility more will be coming.

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On my first visit to West End, I got to meet the owner, Don Short, and make a fool of myself like a teenager at a One Direction concert.

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I also met with some fellow Iowa bloggers.

Hey Nicole! Nicole shared some “Farm Girl Facts” with us, like the fact that a couple of ladies from Africa were coming to visit her farm this week!

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And here’s Jenni! (I totally got Jenni mid-word.  Sorry, dear! I couldn’t help but take a pic, though – she was sharing such valuable blog information!  She’s been blogging for 8 years! Be sure and check out her blog!)

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After coffee and chit chat, we took a little tour of the shop.

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The cool thing is, I saw a lot of old junk similar to what we have at The HomeShed (and at a much better price! Junk costs more in the city!)

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I also saw stuff that was much cooler than anything we have at the Shed.

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But hey, when you’ve got 50,000 square feet, carpenters, welders and interior designers on your team, you can do some pretty neat stuff!

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I’ll leave you with this sentiment, painted on an old door and propped in the narrow stairway that leads to the upper floors of the shop…interpret it however you want.

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8 comments:

  1. That was so fun! Glad we got to meet up!

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  2. OMG! I want to come next time! I don't care how far I have to travel ;-)

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  3. That looks like a lot of fun and a cool coffee shop. If you (or any of the other blogger gals in your neck of Iowa) are in Mason City, let us know. We'd love to meet up.

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  4. i love West End, especially the old school props! i'm glad you had a chance to meet other Iowa bloggers. i'm looking forward to following you blog : )

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  5. I am sooooooo wanting to add that place to my list of stops some day when I am in the city! much more important to get there now that I have seen pictures... droooool!!!

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  6. If I wasn't kid wrangling I would have joined in on the fun! I've been to West End once. And I just looked with my eyes. No touching allowed. I was afraid of breaking something and the prices! :)

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  7. This place looks amazing. I wished we were just a little closer to Des Moines! Ever time I am over there it is a passing through or we are in town for a cattle show or sale. I might just have to make a special road trip.
    www.crystalcattle.com

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