Using Salvage For Your Renovations

March 6, 2009


I was reading the blog Back2theLand, in which Bonnie discusses all the great deals she finds for her home on Craigslist online, for her local area. It was a “I shoulda had a V-8!” moment! What a terrific idea!

When we first bought this house, there were a few salvage stores in the area. They have since closed. The nearest one is in Madison, NY– a long haul if we’re getting large stuff like doors, porch posts, etc. It’s not unusual to be driving down rural roads (like I did recently) and see something like this:

Salvage Barn

There’s a lot that can be found at a salvage barn, I think. And it’s kind of fun sorting through things. It’s like walking back in time. I wonder how old this sink is, and where it was used? It’s still in good shape.

Sink Salvage

Well anyway, because the salvage areas nearest us had closed, I pretty much gave up on finding anything recycled for our house. But after reading Bonnie’s post, it was like “Oh yeah!!” There’s a LOT to be found online, at Craigslist or with online auctions. So I’ll put that bug in your ear, too– if you’re looking for cheap materials and don’t mind cleaning it up or hauling it home, check out the many places online to find salvage materials. Oftentimes, the salvage stuff is in excellent shape for a tiny fraction of the cost of new stuff. It can really help the budget!

So thanks, Bonnie! I’ve never tried out online auctions or anything– I think I will, now!

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7 Responses to “Using Salvage For Your Renovations”

  1. Wayne Says:

    Yes, that “salvage” place in Madison is great. The best stuff is on the inside and around back. The owner is terrific. Well worth the drive from Manhattan. Wayne.

  2. Sparky Says:

    I can remember many place back home , Eaton NY to be exact, then Utica, anyhow there used to be a place in Oriskany Falls If memory serves me right, but but thats not much help since its so close to Madison, lol, Have you tried asking any local contractors what they do with construction debris? I know most job sites we go on they would be happy to have someone haul something away for them its 1 less thing they have to pay to get rid of and I have got lots of stuff over the years this way, a fellow electrician i work with collected enough to build himself a very large shed complete with new left over vinyl siding.

  3. Bonnie Story Says:

    Good morning!! WOW I am so honored to be mentioned here – you sure did make my day!! I put a pic online yesterday of a gorgeous brand-new double-rod nickel shower curtain rod I got for just 8 bucks at “Waste Not Want Not”. Additionally, Hubby and I were lamenting the big-bucks one has to shell out for towel rods for the bathrooms, so just yesterday I went to the Habitat for Humanity “Builders Bargains” warehouse in Bremerton, WA. I got ALL the towel bars we will need for the whole house for twelve dollars. And I’m talkin’ heavy nickel silver, with all the hardware, either new in the box or nearly new towel bars, rings for hand towels and even robe hooks! I’m just thrilled about that. And now to be mentioned in your blog – well I’m truly over the moon!!! Thank you for a huge thrill on a cold snowy day here. Your truly, Bonnie

    • Mrs. Mecomber Says:

      Gosh, I’m honored that you’re so honored!

      I love how your house is progressing, and I admit I wish mine was!! I enjoy your posts. Your floors are looking so good. 🙂

  4. sharkbytes Says:

    Oh, I love the little corner sink!

  5. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    Isn’t that a cool sink?! I love it, too. I wonder where it’s been…

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