Best Salvage Shops: Online and Offline

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Guide To: Architectural Salvage Shops for Green Renovations and DIY Projects
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A little while ago, Julia posted Green Architect's guide to the best salvage shops across the country. Today, we thought we'd add to the list with our own recommendations and reviews of salvage shops, some of which offer online shopping.

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Habitat For Humanity's ReStore (Various Locations in the US and Canada): Need doors, paint, cabinets? Chances are your local ReStore has it in stock for not much money...and if you're lucky, they'll have just what you need for your project.

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Olde Good Things (New York, NY/Online): Their Manhattan store has two big floors of STUFF, and they have a huge warehouse in Scranton, PA where they keep the big treasures. They also have a shop in Los Angeles where they cage West Coast treasures and one in Florida where we have no idea what they do.

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Build It Green! (New York/Online): A division of the Community Environmental Center, BIG has a huge, 17,500 square feet warehouse in Astoria, Queens. They sell everything from "plumbing and lighting fixtures to wood, windows and everything in between."

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Salvage One (Chicago, IL/Online): As one of the largest salvage stores for architectural elements, this 30-year-old Chicago spot is a good place to look for furniture and extraordinary elements for renovations, room dividers, or just plain decoration.

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Ohmega Salvage (San Francisco, CA/Online): A great source for bathroom fixtures and hardware, Ohmega has vintage clawfoot tubs ranging in price from the low hundreds to low thousands. They also have reproduction tubs, sinks, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and a whole lot more.

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Pasadena Architectural Salvage (Pasadena, CA/Online): All the inventory here is recycled from homes that were junked or renovated, but these folks here have picked over the rubble and hauled back top-notch quality items: everything from front doors to knobs to stained glass windows to antique grate covers!

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Community Forklift Salvage and Donations (Edmonston, MD/Online): They are a non-profit selling building materials that would otherwise wind up in a landfill. Looking around you will see toilets, bathtubs, doors, windows, lumber, whole staircases and an assortment of miscellaneous hardware and fixtures - they have everything, including the kitchen sink (several of them actually).

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American Barn Company (Chicago, IL/Online): After watching the destruction of dozens of beautiful Midwestern barns, general contractor Jay Wikary started recycling materials from the demolitions and making them into wood furniture, tongue-and-groove flooring, and custom home installations.

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Whole House Building Supply and Salvage (Palo Alto, CA/Online): The company has a warehouse and salvage yard just off the freeway in East Palo Alto. They sell items salvaged from area homes, as well as those that have been donated by homeowners and businesses (and they work with East Palo Alto non-profits so that all donations are tax-deductible).

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Taipan Architectural Salvage and Furniture (Santa Barbara, CA/Online): They have an array of reclaimed doors, windows, lighting, lumber…you name it. They also specialize in original modern furniture and licensed reproductions.

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Restoration Resources (Boston, MA/Online): This is Boston's largest architectural salvage store. Restoration Resources owner, Bill Raymer, and long-time store manager, Walter Santory, have amassed a staggering collection of Boston-specific architectural elements including mantels, doors, cornices, statues, columns, ironwork, stained glass, doorknobs, banisters, hardware and so much more.

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The ReBuilding Center (Portland, OR/Online): This non-profit aims to make home repair affordable to everyone through salvaged and reclaimed materials. They have a huge selection of just about everything that structurally makes up a home (sinks, cabinets, lighting, tile, windows, doors, lumber, etc.), offer deconstruction services, and sell furniture made from reclaimed materials.

Note: Photos illustrate sample inventories, and products shown may no longer be available. Check with stores for details.

Photos: Sarah Rae Trover, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Build It Green!, Salvage One, Ohmega Salvage, Caroline V., Taipan Architectural Salvage and Furniture, American Barn Company, Whole House Building Supply and Salvage, Kyle Freeman, Molly Anderson

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