fleaing to france in phoenix


hello dear friends, it’s been a while! i hope you’re enjoying your autumn. i’ve been running around and haven’t had ”the time” till right now to write about a wonderful trip i took to phoenix last weekend for a book signing.


i had no idea what to expect from the ladies of Sweet Salvage. just that kim, heather and stephanie were handling everything and we’d head straight to the warehouse in the morning. robert would pick me up and make sure i was delivered safe and sound. well, these gals (and robert, along with the rest of their crew) blew my mind with what they had going on behind the closed doors. before we even walked in there was a line around the block with shoppers who wait for this particular event. in fact, this sale is legend n these parts! and it was worth the wait. walking inside it was pure magic! i had never heard of their concept: it’s an ‘occassional sale” that pops up for just four days each month and focuses on a specific theme. this one (of course) was ‘french inspired’. the 12 vendors have full reign to interpret it and they took it to the limit. they’re each master artists of display and all have a flair for curating collections with both large industrial pieces as well as accents, down to every minute detail. the quality and quantity of french goodies made me feel like i was at the marche aux puces en Paris and boy was that a wonderful surprise! it was true soul food digging around for ephemera, souvenirs, art and furniture. turns out arizona is a rich pocket full of antiques. it’s bordered by four states and these guys know where to get the goods. the entire place was set up like a dream and torn apart by the afternoon by hungry buyers. they had this gorgeous room set up for me (above and below) and i couldn’t stop taking pics all day watching it go piece by piece. (i did get the statue in the first shot)! i can’t find my camera’s memory card but luckily the talented photographer, heather gill was there to capture it all. i hoped to blog about it in real time but haven’t seemed to master my time management yet. so i hope you enjoy the tour and although this one has closed, they’re already preparing a special holiday event in the next couple weeks. check their calendar to see what’s coming up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet.Salvage





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well, again i hope you had a good time even if was an armchair visit. if you get the chance to go to phoenix (i hope to get back soon myself), check out this fabulous group of loving, creative people. i want to thank everyone at sweet salvage for making the day so memorable and special. i just couldn’t resist shipping some souvenirs home and can’t wait to get the boxes! lots of love to all my friends at sweet salvage!

Sales are held at:

648 N 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Phone: (602) 279-2996
Email: info@sweetsalvage.net
Website: sweetsalvage.net

October 24, 2013. Antique Shopping, Antiques, Friends, Sweet Salvage.


  1. Ann Wilhelm replied:

    Just fabulous photos and the myriad of treasures was amazing! Wish that I lived close by!

  2. Karena Albert replied:

    Dear Claudia I am sure it was an excellent event! I see several items I would love, the white foo dog for one!

    New_2013 Designer Series

  3. Peggy Braswell replied:

    this was so interesting + loved it all + glad you got the statue. What else did you get? xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  4. MJH Design Arts replied:

    Amazing inventory!!

  5. Rebecca Grace replied:

    What a lovely shop! I absolutely LOVE the old sign about how the whores have the night off so they can go to the Policemen’s Ball. Snort!

  6. Nikon replied:

    An amazing spot, Claudia. I never would have guessed that you could find so many beautiful things in the states. it looks just like the fleas that you photograph in Paris.

  7. Dayle Brenner replied:

    I’m crying!!! You are amazing, inspiring, awesome. Love you xoxo

    Dayle A. Brenner, LCSW-R Sent from my iPad


  8. Ms Anon replied:

    You must have been in heaven! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Rhonda replied:

    It was so wonderful to meet you when I was there, Claudia. It was a perfect event and even though it was uber crowded, I enjoyed every minute of it.
    Love Heather’s pictures, I see a lot of what I purchased. Rhonda of A Little Bit French

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  11. Robert Pargmann replied:

    Thank you Claudia for coming to Phoenix and for being such a Sweet guest! It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope our paths cross again very soon!

    Sweet Salvage

  12. Lydie Delgado feugere replied:

    Love it ,Shelly when are you taking me there? Merci xoxo

  13. Annmarie replied:

    If I’m ever in Phoenix I know where I’m heading to first!

  14. Kathie replied:

    Wow wow wow!!! Super fabulous wares. Wish I had been there. Australia is so far away from all this wonderful creative inspirational source . Thanks for sharing Claudia – you somehow manage to find beauty everywhere you go. Thanks to the ladies of Sweet Salvage too for such a wonderful display and impeccable taste. Regards kathie from Sydney

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