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Fletcher Creations Is Finding the New Beneath the Old

By Elisha Neubauer

While some people look at a heap of junk or destroyed old furniture and see nothing but garbage, Scott Fletcher sees a new masterpiece just waiting to be released. For Fletcher, every salvaged item he comes across is the opportunity to create a fresh start by repurposing and up-cycling an item that otherwise would have been left to the junk pile.

Fletcher didn't intend to find his way into the architectural salvage business. In 1999, he accepted a job with Vermont Salvage as a method to pay bills. Quickly taking to the line of work, he clung to the company's owner, learning all he could about the business.

He began crafting his own custom furniture, developing his skills in the industry. During the time Fletcher was working at Vermont Salvage, his wife, Jamie, was completing her Bachelor's Degree in business. As Fletcher's furniture creations were selling quite well at Vermont Salvage, Jamie decided to put her newly learned skill set into action, launching Fletcher Creations in April of 2015.

The business began as a mobile operation as the Fletchers traveled to antique and craft shows as vendors. With each passing show, they realized quickly that their target customers were responding nicely and the pair decided to open their own storefront to capitalize on the recognition. In August of 2015, they settled on a location in downtown White River Junction. Despite having a brick and mortar storefront, the husband and wife team continued to travel to shows in order to showcase their work and discover new clientele.

"The best part about revitalizing architectural salvage is bringing life back to items that people have long forgotten about," Scott Fletcher said. Fletcher gets excited any time he finds new salvage pieces, especially if it's a particular item he hasn't worked with before. Custom orders that challenge him also get his blood pumping. He's always interested in what's new, what's difficult, and what he can bring out of a piece.

"Each time I complete a custom order, it's my new favorite," Fletcher said. He has crafted furniture, tables, lighting, mirrors, and home accents from a wide range of materials and substances.He's created tables and countertops from old bowling lanes, signs and wall décor from old repurposed barn boards, and other such items.

In addition to original Fletcher creations, such as wall signs in the shape of states, he offers several home décor and furniture items in a mid-century modern style, including coffee and end tables, dining sets, chests, and dressers and buffets.

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