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November 25, 2013

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After a visit to an auto junkyard, Clay Bush was driven to start a new business. Last year, the Nashville artist began Salvage: Upholstery and Design, making bags, purses and furniture from recycled seat belts, buckles and air bags.

As a long-time furniture upholsterer and former fiber arts student, Bush saw design potential in repurposing the colorful seatbelts found in junked cars. With a nearly unlimited supply of industrial-grade material, he went to work to create a product that would last – and make a stylish impression.

The hip, hard-working messenger bags ($180) are tops with men and women. But Bush also makes purses ($120), wallets ($30), zippered pouches ($10 to $20) and tablet and computer sleeves ($50 to $70). Salvage also uses seat belts on custom-built ottomans, benches and bar stools ($200 and up.)

Find Salvage on or (search Salvage: Upholstery and Design).

In the Atlanta area, find Salvage products at Gifted! Artist Market & Gift Boutique, 944 Canton St., in Roswell.

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Seat Belt 2

One Comment
  1. Mr. Bush I saw your talk of the town interview, and was wondering if you would set up a booth for our fall craft and art show, in murfreesboro? Our booths are only $25 for the entire day of October 11th. All booth rent is donated to our Alzheimer’s fundraiser. We’re a non for profit nursing home, Community Care Of Rutherford County, and we’re having a fall festival and craft show This year as a way to raise money for this very important cause. We’d love to have you and your amazing work for this event! Please email or call 615-596-6531. Shawan weathers

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