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For years, Laura of Rustbelt Treasures has been collecting vintage industrial items made of wood, iron and leather throughout the northern midwest, upstate New York and Baltimore. The name of her shop is a nod to the nickname of the area between the Midwest and Northeast, where local economies have historically been tied to industrial products, the transportation of raw materials and large-scale manufacturing.
Laura sells a little bit of everything. “Since I can’t resist a vintage item with character, the style of the shop has become more of an eclectic theme,” she says. Read on to find more about how Laura reworks her finds and when she leaves the original character intact.
“I wouldn’t say that I restore these items because I enjoy the patina an item has developed from its age and years of use,” she says. “It is more of a revitalization process.” She says her biggest score was a cache of vintage industrial foundry molds handcrafted for factory use. The wood grain of the molds lends each a unique character.
“I always think of the men that carved and designed these, and how much pride they put into the quality of their work,” she says. “I’m sure they did not think of themselves as artists but as you look over the details of these molds, the hands that crafted them were quite talented.”