Brew City Salvage offers mid-century, custom furniture and decor

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Oct. 12, 2014

Caleb Nickel arranges items at Brew City Salvage, 1426 Arcadian Ave.     
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WAUKESHA — Caleb Nickel has been “picking” ever since he was a small child tagging along with his mother to thrift stores and rummage sales.

“I’ve always loved old stuff,” Nickel said. “I love going out and finding stuff that’s really cool that I’ve never seen before.”

About 18 months ago, Nickel turned his lifelong hobby into a business in Bay View called Brew City Salvage. Recently he relocated the business to 1426 Arcadian Ave. in Waukesha so he could have more space.

“We were looking for somewhere we could use half for a workspace and half for a showroom floor,” Nickel said. “We also build custom furniture from reclaimed wood.”

Nickel and his crew spend their weekends at rummage and estate sales picking through items that people no longer want, just to see if they can turn them into something amazing.

Vintage matchbooks are some of the items available at Brew City Salvage.     
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“People will call us to pick through their old abandoned building or a business that’s been shut down,” Nickel said. “We’ve got some really cool midcentury modern dressers and a giant metal postal sorter from an old post office that’s pretty cool too.” In his shop you might find anything from some small items on the $1 table to a taxidermied raccoon.

“We try to cater to everyone’s taste,” Nickel said. “We have people come here from Chicago, and Madison, and we also do custom work like for bar tops.”

Looking for a unique item for your house? Nickel and his crew used reclaimed barn wood to create custom coffee tables and other furniture options that they can tailor to your exact specifications.

“Lots of people will come to us and tell us what color scheme would go with a room and then we try to find some wood that has that color. If not, we can always paint them whatever color they want,” Nickel said. “If you’re looking for something specific, tell us and we’ll try to find it.”

Nickel said he truly believes there’s something for everyone at Brew City Salvage.

“Come check it out,” he said.

Visit online at www.facebook.com/brewcitysalvagemke for more info and photos.

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