Thursday, July 29, 2010

Salvage Yard Field Trip

Last weekend I had a hankering to get over to Berkeley to a couple of my favorite salvage yards.  It was nice to get out of the heat here in the valley and feel the cool breeze from the San Francisco Bay. First stop:

You definitely need to be prepared for this place. It's not exactly like walking into your neighborhood hardware just never know what to expect, except the unexpected. It's huge, funky, friendly, always interesting, a little smelly, and usually worth the trip. I wish I had room in my truck for these big pieces when I go out to sell at the antique shows.

This even looked good upside down.

I'd get so much more accomplished if I had this kind of
space to keep myself organized.....yeah, right.

They had dozens of these.
Maybe for that "one of these days" home theater.

See Spot slide.  Slide, Spot, slide.

They come with a matching bath tub.

Way back in my birdhouse and picture frame making days, we would head over here every few months for a good wood hunt.  We used to be able to come away with the most beautiful, colorful, chippy, and decorative wood.  It's been a while since I've seen any of the good stuff, but I've moved in a different direction with my repurposing anyway. 

They still have a great selection of doorknobs

My next stop was Ohmega Salvage.  They have a gorgeous selection of mantels, hardware, doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, lighting, architectural beauties, and furniture.  Too bad my camera battery died back at Urban Ore:-(

I'll clean these escutcheons up a little and then use them in my jewelry creations.
I also bought a few silver trays and 4 candle molds.  I don't think the molds are
too old, but they're rusty, crusty, and tarnished.  I was thinking of using them as
a vase or to hold utensils.  They need a little bling added first.


  1. Looks like MUCH FUN!!! I love the oval key slots and have a fun collection hanging on my bathroom wall :) I call them door plates too. Haven't heard of escutcheons before. Learned something today!
    The Rose Bowl flea market looked AWESOME and you picked up some great treasures.
    Thanks for visiting me.
    Deb :)

  2. Wow,
    You said you wanted to shop where I shop??? I feel the same. And the Rose Bowl too? I'm a Bay Area girl too so reading your blog makes me a bit homesick. Beautiful blog. Lisa

  3. Wow! I am jealous. I wish they had a place like that near my house!

  4. This looks like so much fun!! Not too long ago my boyfriend and I found the cutest antique mall. You should have heard us:
    Me: Oh wow! Sweetie, can we take this one home?
    Him: no. besides, it won't fit in the car.
    ...a bit later
    Him: omg, I need this!
    Me: no. Where would we put it?

    The whole shopping trip sounded like that. lol

    I'm pretty excited about tomorrow though. My dad and I are going to the ReStore shop in my city for the first time!! Yay!

  5. I would love to see some of your frames, Betsy. I know they must have been awesome. Those of us with creative minds can never seem to get away from creating SOMETHING, can we? ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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