DFW Style Daily’s newest series sends Nancy Upton on a citywide adventure, hunting for fashion treasure off the beaten path. First up, a (really) hidden Oak Cliff gem, designed for vintage devotees.
Oak Cliff is home to an ever-growing list of boutiques, both in the popular Bishop Arts District and in surrounding areas. In keeping with the neighborhood’s local, artisanal focus, many offer handmade goods crafted by area designers. Hipsters, artists, and even Uptowners (myself included) regularly trek south to check out what Oak Cliff has to offer.
Open since July of last year, Salvage House (301 Melba Street, 469-323-9481) is, above all else, a true labor of love, by and for vintage enthusiasts. Tracy M. Popken, a warm and very talented clothing designer and tailor, is the proprietor of this quirky shop, which also doubles as the living room and kitchen of her home.
Tracy purchased her house on the corner of Melba and Madison with dreams of building relationships with her clients, so that they could create something distinct and personal together. And so, by design, folks ring Salvage House and visit the shop at almost any hour. Tracy is always up for a consultation, evaluating both vintage and modern wardrobe items from closets around the city.
Her goal? Transforming good articles of clothing into great ones.
Indeed, Salvage House has a great mix of authentic and era-inspired clothing, ranging from affordable to splurge status. Tracy loves her “Three R’s” – restore, remake and replicate. Find a fabric you like? She’ll make it into a dress from any decade you desire. Love a specific shirt pattern? She’ll tailor it to flatter your shape, and turn it out in three different colors. This talented lady can also customize a found vintage garment to your needs, while preserving its original design.
In addition to custom work, the vintage racks at Salvage House are delightful to pick through. Outstanding quality, incredible colors, and timeless finds for men and women are the rule. In other words, you’ll encounter none of those tragic ‘90s-era baby doll dresses here, folks.
In conclusion, Salvage House may not have the biggest selection in town, and it is certainly not a place to throw away money on thrift pieces. Rather, this offbeat find offers high-quality vintage clothing and a great, young mind who understands the power of knock-out pieces that fit you and your lifestyle.
The store is open Thursday through Sunday, and appointments are strongly recommended. Give Tracy a call, and you’ll be in her living room, surrounded by beautiful clothes, adorable dogs, and her great-Grandma’s sewing machine in no time.
(All photos, credit DFW Style Daily)