- Location: Berkeley, CA
- Website: urbanore.com
Part excellent thrift store, part overwhelming trash heap, this is 3 acres of pure scavenging heaven. A mecca for those seeking vintage building materials, you could also easily spend hours in here and not even notice the rows of toilets and tubs outside.
Over the years that we've routinely visited, we've brought home the following: awesome Wegner inspired dining room chairs, 2 cast-iron pots, doorknobs, electrical plate covers, a lamp, terracotta pots, a gorgeous vintage decanter, random skeleton keys, 3 ring binders, a toaster, a mint condition Elvis record, vintage german novels, a picnic basket, fireplace tools, a window pane and numerous mugs and plates...just to name a few. Did we mention you can bargain with them?
We have a real love/hate relationship with Urban Ore. Just the people watching alone is worth the visit. Mingle with contractors, hipsters, landlords, moms with kids and the occasional crazy person. You'll never be bored...
Sometimes, the bargains and finds are so delicious that you want to cry. Other times the cat pee smell and greasy mug handles just don't make it worth the hunt. If that's the case, we call it a day and pack it in knowing full well we'll be back in no time and probably leave with an armload of new treasures.