You never know what kind of treasures await you at Madison Street Salvage. From solid wood furniture, and eclectic chandeliers, to vintage newspapers, the shop is brimming with gems and one-of-a-kind items. But the shop doesn’t run itself, just like the volunteers at the Historic Artcraft Theatre, there are many people who support the salvage shop by helping customers, repairing the furniture, and preserving the integrity of Central Indiana's architectural history.
Let’s get to know one volunteer who has accumulated nearly 1,000 hours over the last 18 months: Scott Keehn.
Q: What do you do for Salvage when you volunteer?
I assist the customers with any questions, help them unload donated items, or load purchased items. I also assist the employees in necessary daily chores. I help repair & refinish furniture, cut glass, rewire lighting fixtures, assist in delivering purchased goods and pick up donated items.
Q: What made you choose to volunteer for Salvage?
Before I moved to Franklin, I researched volunteering opportunities. The Artcraft came up first, and then I read about Madison Street Salvage. I have worked at the Artcraft, and it’s always fun, but I think Salvage can better use my expertise. Franklin Heritage, Inc. (FHI) has a great network and I like the way it works with the community. It's a two-way street, and benefits both.
Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Helping customers with questions, especially if they don’t purchase anything. It’s all about customer service, and helping them solve their problems. Salvage has the best customers and the best employees/volunteers!
Q: Madison Street Salvage gets so many interesting pieces of furniture and other items. Have you had a favorite?
Oh my … we get so many wonderful and exciting items at Salvage, and it’s fun to look it all over. Sometimes we get an item we are not sure what it really is used for, so we research it online, and ask others questions. It’s like a scavenger hunt but brought to us. I personally love the old, solid-built wood furniture. It was crafted by loving hands to last forever.
Are you interested in volunteering at Madison Street Salvage? Get the details here!
Megan Elaine is a writer and storyteller who lives in Franklin, IN.