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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Storefront Report: Pieces of Old (Upstate) New York now on sale in Boyle Heights

Antique industrial cart/Silver Fox Salvage

Amid a strip of  auto salvage yards and auto repair shops, an architectural salvage and antique shop from Albany, New York has opened up a  Los Angeles outpost on a less-than-welcoming stretch of Cesar Chavez Avenue near the 10 Freeway.  Wife and husband Selina Becker and Seth Meisterman, who operate the Los Angeles branch of Silver Fox Salvage, are not worried about their warehouse space that dangles over the 10 Freeway.  “We have seen other not-so-attractive blocks transform into vibrant, fun, industrious and very attractive blocks,” said Becker  in an email. “Also, though we are retail, we feel comfortable in an area where things happen …  things are are made, assembled, disassembled. We like our block, plus we are close to every freeway.”

Inside Silver Fox Salvage in Boyle Heights, visitors will find everything from industrial carts and reclaimed wood furniture to old windows and doors, fireplace mantels and other items salvaged from churches and buildings from upstate New York and other locations.  Prices range from $195 for an antique industrial side table;  $1,800 for a custom built dining table with industrial base; and $18 for a trio of antique drawer pulls. “The LA shop is custom making pieces locally,” Becker said of light fixtures, tables and other pieces of furniture. “We are salvaging what we can locally too.”

Becker and Meisterman recently returned to Los Angeles after living in Albany, where they met and became customers of Fred Shapiro and Camille Gibeau, owners of Silver Fox Salvage. When Becker and Meisterman decided to return to Los Angeles, the couple offered to work with Shapiro and Gibeau to open a West Coast outlet of the Silver Fox. The Boyle Heights store opened in June.  “The Albany store grew organically, and we hope to do the same,” Becker said.

Silver Fox Salvage
1060 E. Cesar Chavez



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5 comments

  1. Very cool!

  2. Woah! I want to go to there.

  3. Super excited to visit it.

  4. I went there yesterday. It’s beautiful. the prices are good. I cant stop thinking about a victorian barbers chair they have, and we loved their reclaimed wood tables.

  5. I love the taxidermy they have. The owners, Selena and Seth Meisterman told me that most of it came from a natural history museum in Schenecdtady (sp?) . It is antique stuff, so I didn’t feel bad about buying a squirrel!

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