Vintage Gems: Salt & Sundry

Salt & Sundry is one of those stores where you walk in and wistfully say, "I'll take it all..." as you start to twirl with arms outstretched. Or at least I do, anyway. There’s no need to hunt here, guys. It's allllll good. This shop is different from others I've featured in a few ways – for starters, it's retail rather than vintage or thrift. I like to switch up the repertoire, plus I don’t have to fight anyone for the pillow I spy across the way (just kidding – I would never...) The second thing that sets it apart is that many of the larger items are one-of-a-kind, handmade exclusively for the shop from my favorite state in the union: North Carolina. No wonder it feels like home! (Sooo...when can I move in?) 

  Photo:   Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photo: Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

The owner of the store, Amanda McClements, (that’s her at the register) grew up in the next town over from me and we both attended the UNC journalism school, albeit at different times. Small world, eh?! I’d already fallen in love with the store before meeting her, but now I like it even more. Amanda's friendly and unassuming, accomplished and entrepreneurial, plus she clearly has impeccable taste. An inspiration!

  Photo:   Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photo: Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Look! That's my dining table up there, draped so sultrily in textiles. Change of plans, guys. I know I said I was gonna hang a chandelier over my table, but this mosquito net looks pretty gorg. The table was made by Amanda's dad, from old North Carolina barnwood – I was immediately drawn to its texture and age. 

  Photo:   Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photo: Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

I'm 100% digging the southern boho vibe Salt & Sundry brings to the district, and clearly other people are too, because a second location is opening in Logan Circle later this year. Northwest Townies, rejoice! Soon you can enjoy this gem without the trek to Union Market.

  Photo:   Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photo: Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

I'd certainly spend more time in the kitchen if I had all this pretty cookware to play with. (Hint, hint, Eli!)

 Photo:  Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photo: Jeffrey Martin, courtesy of Salt & Sundry

I always bring my houseguests because it’s got something for everyone – even my friends who aren’t so obsessed with home interiors. (Yes, I have some of those.) Beautiful books, bar tools & bitters, artwork, PICKLES, greeting cards, baby clothes, candles, fashion accessories, lip salves… so many nice things I can’t wait to buy. What’s better – many of these items are handmade or locally-sourced. Yay, small business!  

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I've read in other publications that Salt & Sundry is considered the best place to buy a hostess gift in DC – which is enough incentive for me to start throwing parties every weekend – but it’s a heck of a lot more than that. I mean, c'mon – just look at those pillows! I could offer them a nice home.  

 I love the tribal/aztec vibe of these pillows and the pretty pinks and reds in the rug behind it.

If you live in DC or are just passing through town, you’ve got to stop in. Ogle the goodies, take a lunch break in Union Market, and then get right back to shopping! OR, if a trip to the district isn’t in the cards right now, you can also check out the online shop. (not an affiliate link) Oh, the beauty of retail! 

So what was your favorite piece? For me, it's gotta be the rustic Aztec pillows.

Vintage Gems posts are an opportunity for me to feature the local shops I love. I'm not getting any kickbacks or special treatment for them.