The Salvage Yard Antiques has recently expanded to both floors at their 208 South Bridge Street, Grand Ledge location. The downstairs was formally occupied by Lambs’ Gate Antiques which consolidated to their Old Town store. This expansion allows for more architectural items and larger salvage pieces to be displayed on the main floor. The Salvage Yard Antiques has and will offer a range antiques and vintage items.
The Salvage Yard Antiques started in 2001 and in 2004 purchased the old Shane Jewelry Store building in downtown Grand Ledge. The upstairs was renovated in 2005 and The Salvage Yard Antiques moved in. The renovation was intensive because the upstairs had not been touched since the 1940s. An interior stairwell was added and a dividing wall was put in place to separate the neighbor’s space. The space was open and used as a dance hall at the turn of the last century.
Recent renovations have been concentrated on the first floor. The main level walls have been repainted a neutral color to best display the wide variety of period antiques. Floating shelves have been installed along one wall to display smaller items. A small ‘lunch counter’ was added near the check-out counter to allow shoppers a place to sit and visit. The Salvage Yard Antiques also plans to add a cooler filled with old fashion soda for purchase. Future renovations include transforming the building’s front entrance.
Shop and building owner Ruth Creyts is very excited about the expansion. According to Ms. Creyts, “Owning a shop and store front has always been a goal since starting my business. There is no better time than now to do the expansion. I am very much looking forward to it and have big plans to keep my business growing.” Creyts also stated that Grand Ledge was the right choice for her. She grew up and lives in Grand Ledge.
The Salvage Yard Antiques carries many vintage eccentric and eclectic objects as well as traditional antiques at reasonable prices. Architectural and reclaimed items are throughout the shop. Farm related items, garden pieces, books and ephemera are also abundant.