It's no secret: Virtue is all about the mission to repurpose, recycle, and reuse. Every day, we strive to use those three essentials to the fullest of our capability. This brings me to one of my favorite characteristics of Virtue Salon, our furniture.
One of the many questions we get from new and old guests who walk into the salon is, "Where did you guys get all this cool furniture!?”
Almost every item we have is a vintage or second-hand piece. We repurpose it for the needs of a salon, but you can still find that quality and character that is rare in newer pieces.
There are so many great benefits from repurposing, recycling, or reusing furniture. First, it minimizes the amount of natural materials used by avoiding unnecessary consumption, maintaining the vitality of the natural resources and reducing landfill waste. For Virtue, it also creates a warm, welcome atmosphere. The vintage furniture makes you feel like you’re at your best friend’s place, a comfortable space that fosters community. And honestly, repurposing is simply a fun and a great way to make furniture your own!
Melanie loves to support the local, small businesses of Clintonville, so many of our favorite pieces are from right here in the ‘ville. Other pieces have traveled from as far as St. Louis or have been passed down through generations. The wonderful truth, is that no matter where they came from, each piece has a story.
Here are some of my personal favorites that you can find on your next visit to Virtue Salon.
The mustard yellow couch - This beauty is new to Virtue. Melanie & TJ found this piece on Craigslist; the previous owner described the couch as being "heavier then sin,” a comment that was in no way a deterrent (but totally accurate).
Antique perm machine - This unique contraption is definitely a conversation starter. It's odd design dates back to the early 1900s, when electricity or gas was used to break down strands of hair for permanent waves. Melanie couldn’t resist when she found the perm machine at Eclectiques Antique Mall. Right now, you can find this unusual machine at the front of the salon by the window.
Front-desk color bar - Some of you may recognize these. The lovely former occupant of our space, boutique store SoBo Style, used them as a front desk. With some paint and some TLC, they were transformed into essentials we use every day at Virtue Salon.
The red Belmont barber chair - This piece may be the most pivotal in the salon. The barbering chair once belonged to Melanie’s great-grandfather. Although the aged-brown upholstery was reupholstered to a dazzling, sparkling red, Melanie remembers cutting her father’s hair in this chair while it sat in their garage. You can still spot the ashtray on the arm of the chair, which was still full of ash that was left behind from years past. Even more than a memory, this chair inspired the eclectic vintage concept for Virtue salon. Why buy new when plenty of furniture with character and history exists?
Orange chiminea - This orange electrical fireplace can be found right in the middle of the salon. The fun and playful retro design came straight out of the 60s. Melanie found this quirky piece at Boomerang Room, which is right next door to Virtue Salon!
Airport chairs - These fun chairs can be found by the shampoo station. They were born in the 60s and discovered at Boomerang room as well. There’s something inviting about them. When you sit in one, it’s like you can travel back in time for a moment to experience the excitement of the golden years of flight. You never know who will sit next to you!
These are just a few of the many interesting pieces in our salon. The next time you visit Virtue Salon, feel free to look around and ask us about our furniture collection. We know it takes a village to truly protect the environment. If reusing or repurposing sounds interesting to you, try it at home. We’re happy to share our shopping secrets.
You know how the old saying goes, "They don't make them like they used to!" When you're in need for furniture or decor, we recommend you stop by your favorite local antique shops and thrift stores before buying new. We always do.
Post by Jessica!