Sunday, June 12, 2011

Salvage Yard Tour

Last week when I was in Southern Oregon, I finally had a chance to visit a salvage yard that I've been hearing so much about.  I felt like a kid in a toy store!!  Morrow's is an adventure you don't want to miss if you're in Medford.

Joel Morrow has been at this location, 2784-B W. Main in Medford for over twenty years and in the salvage business for about thirty.  He calls himself a hands-on dismantler and recycler of barns, cabins, and castles.  This wild and wonderful treasure trove is really more like a museum that's stuffed full of hardware,
lighting, doors, windows, architectural pieces, toys, furniture, and hundreds of wacky displays.

This was sitting next to the cash register by the front door.  Nothing says "welcome" like a jar full of marbles topped off with a doll head

I wonder if he removed every doorknob by himself. 

The colorful glass knobs from my last post came from the display next to this one.

When you run out of space, just start hanging things from the ceiling.  I had to keep looking up just to make sure I wasn't missing anything.

I'm glad you can't see the face on that doll in the back.  At least I didn't spot any clowns.

This is my kind of salvage!

These are just a few of the hundreds of doors located on the bottom level.

This is the top level where the floors creak with every step; it just adds to
the ambiance.

Do you remember these?

Oops, the bathroom was occupied.  That's my reflection in the mirror, along with my friend Pam and her daughter Leah.

It was definitely full of timeless temptations. 
This was getting a little long, so I'll share some more pictures in my next post.


  1. Looks like a wonderful place Betsy. I sure could have found some great stuff in there too. I kind a like those dolls heads - glad you didn´t see any clowns in there though :o)

  2. Looks like a little of every thing in there - a fun place to roam around in. My daughter recently made a comment about dolls heads being used like that is creepy. She and I both don't care for clowns and mimes.
    If this is a dup. comment, sorry. I am having problems commenting on blogs lately. I get the service nor available or error message a lot. :(

  3. What a treasure trove! I fell in love with that mantel, the doorknobs( my new collectibles), the lovely doors and that S&H sign! Oh how I ~wish~ I lived near there! Well, you just dug into my thrift shopping soul! LOL. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

  4. Wow, you couldn't get me out of a place like that! So glad you were able to visit. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  5. wow, thats a cool place,, I found myself wishing there were more photos,, thanks for sharing this

  6. I love to visit places like this! Thanks for the tour and I'm glad there weren't any clowns!!!

  7. OH I LIVE to find these kinds of places!! But come on -- the creepy little dolls and doll heads are over the top -- haha! The one in the scale made me laugh! Looks like a fantastic place to spend a few days because I'm sure it would take at least a few days to cover it all! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh, Betsy, I would be in HEAVEN!!!! I see one or two dolls that would HAVE to come home with me, tee hee

    But I do NOT like clowns . . never have!


    P.S. I got IN the pool today!!!

  9. What a wonderful place to visit. Wish we had something like that around here. Love the Green Stamp sign. My mother always saved Green Stamps. I remember going with her to the redemption store to get the towels I took to college. They were also "green".

  10. Hello Betsy! I enjoyed this post. The front door of Morrow's is enticing. I love the jar of marbles covered by a baby doll's head and the Roman clock with the head of another doll. Cute!

    I would love to see what you have bought from the shop!

  11. That looks like a little piece of a picker's heaven!!

  12. I could have been in there for days! Love your last post too. You have had some good junkin' days!

  13. I could LIVE there and be perfectly happy! I love that stuff!!

  14. Hi Becky,

    Did you decide to stay?


    I would definately say you have met your match. (minus the creepy doll heads)

    I didn't even know such places existed. What a find!

    I am sure you will be going again soon.



  15. Wow -- I am going to have to put that place on my list for next time I visit my brother in Grants Pass! Thank you for sharing!

  16. I'm so glad you posted detals about this place -- I'll be in Ashland later this summer with family & friends and we're all looking forward to checking it out.

  17. OMG I am in Old Door Heaven *swooning*. Love the term "dismantler"... his place is fantastic! This will definitely go on the List...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  18. Thanks for the tour! looks like fun!!

  19. Those doll heads are too much! haha. Aside from those it looks like a fun place to browse around for treasure.

  20. This is definitely a tourist destination for us junkers. I bet he's had a whole new audience in the last couple of years. Shabby and rusty is BIG!

  21. I could really use that doll head on the marble jar. I have one just like that that has ink on her face.
    I have the perfect spot for the S&H stamp sign!
    Love the tour. Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Well, I was thinking that those doll heads were weird, but the baby in the scale is just downright frightening.

    It would give me a bad case of the willies for sure.

    And don't get me started on clowns.

    But strange toys aside, wow! What a place! I would probably still be there digging through stuff.....

  23. Betsy, you are so talented. I am glad I found your blog. My husband and I have been collecting antiques and vintage items for many years. Your blog is and inspiration, I know we will enjoy it.
    Blessings, Trisha

  24. Oh, my goodness, Betsy!!! I would love to visit that junker's paradise. They can keep places like Rodeo Drive. I'd prefer a salvage shopping trip any day! lol

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  25. Very interesting things here! When I saw the pictures of the doors, I wanted to share that I bought a really pretty hutch that has an old door for the back part of the hutch. He built a cabinet in the front part of the door on the bottom that opens up on the left and right side and on the top part above the glass he built a shelf to sit my kitty kat assortment on and right under the shelf where the glass is, there are two rods, one for a lace tea stained curtain topper and one in front of that one for my country curtain topper which you can see the lace below it. He did a wonderful job. When I saw it I couldn't believe how clever and creative it was for a hutch made from a heavy old door. It's painted that country black with rubbed edges and each door has a star on it. He's made other creative things from doors in their shop and they also do stained glass pieces that they make from old windows and doors. I always admire others creativity. You have a really nice blog and thanks for visiting mine. Have a great week! ;-)

  26. My gosh--wish I could go there! I had to laugh about you not spotting any clowns among the dolls--I loved those doors.

  27. hey girl
    heading for Medford .
    is Morrow's an affordable place, for a cheapy like me??

    any other cool places there...maybe more along the lines of a junk yard??



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