How To: Make the Most of Salvage Stores

How To: Make the Most of Salvage Stores

Sarah Coffey
Feb 9, 2009

We've covered a number of salvage stores here in the Midwest: Murco Recylcing, the American Barn Company, Architectural Artifacts and Salvage One among them. We love these stores because they preserve pieces that might otherwise go in the dump, and they generally offer well-made fixtures for less than you'd pay new. There's an art to navigating the world of architectural salvage shops, and Money Magazine has a few tips for ways to make sure you're spending wisely...

  • Nonprofit recycling centers are generally cheaper than high-end architectural shops.
  • Habitat ReStores and ReUse Centers are recommended for good deals.
  • Many older fixtures (faucets, windows, toilets) may not meet building code.
  • Lighting, bathtubs, doors, and hardware are more likely to comply with code.
  • Ask your plumber or contractor about what types of items will or won't meet code.
  • Don't buy products with deteriorating paint that may contain lead.
  • Understand that you may need to have a light rewired or an appliance tuned.
  • When renovating your home, donate materials to ReStore for a tax deduction.
  • Before purchasing, estimate the restoration costs to calculate whether a "good deal" is worth it.

    For more salvage store recommendations from AT:Chicago, click here and here. To read the full article from Money Magazine, click here.

    Photo: Salvage One
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