One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. That’s how Greg Hawk sees it when he’s hunting for wares for his industrial vintage store on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Opened in November, Hawk Salvage was originally an automotive garage in the ’40s, and the aesthetic perfectly suits Hawk’s taste. “I love old stuff and I love old buildings,” says the Phoenix Fire Department captain. He has traveled from coast to coast finding items for his shop and even knocks on doors looking for vintage like the thrifters on the A&E show American Pickers. “This is the transition into my retirement.”
When Hawk is traveling, he likes to look for old photos and tintypes in antique shops. Some have the artists’ information and where the photo was taken. He has images dating back to the 1800s.
Hawk found this 1950s musical chimp at a yard sale. “I like it because I see people’s faces light up when it brings back childhood memories.”
This human skull is mounted between scapulae on an antique stand and was used as a teaching model. Hand-written notes from the previous owner are on the skull. “I just couldn’t say no to it,” Hawk says.
1109 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix