We get this all the time.. ” I absolutely love this stuff, those doors, the wrought iron, the elevator!” But how? How do I mix all of these eclectic finds into our space? Architectural Salvage is defined as the selling of old house parts salvaged from demolished or remodeled structures and giving them new life. Over the years I have seen this industry change from your traditional clawfoot tub, or earthenware sink, 5 panel doors, and corbels, to custom work, imports and reproduction antiques. Not everyone is looking to restore an old house….once a “big box store” of antique house parts….hold on….not so much anymore. The trend is moving more towards all aspects of home decor. From mirrors made out of recycled antique ceiling tiles to wooden picture frames from old bead board. Sure the purists will come in and buy beautiful old stained glass windows and cool teak doors from India, but the vast majority of customers are buying Mexican imported home decor and wire iron. BOTH are cool and have their uses, sure. Times are changing and so are we! We had to respond to our customers as any business does that wants to survive the ebbs and flows of the market life-cycle. SO – in essence we had to broaden our scope somewhat. We love the rare and unusual the “Funky Finds” so that staple of weird one of a kinds will always be a part of what we do to leave folks talking….not to mention coming back! From old airplane engine turbines, giant terra cotta English urns, Zebra hides, and 15′ tall Teak palace doors. That stuff is always cool. Who doesn’t like an old English Telly? We love that stuff! But we need to cater to everyone at all price levels to offer a great selection. Our main goal is for everyone that comes in is able to walk out with something in their budget. Reproduction antiques are more affordable and STILL cool – take a cast iron mermaid made in China or a metal bracket made in India. Both new and both very cool. They are reasonably priced and look good. So despite a changing economy of times we do have something for purists and decor shoppers alike. Need an 80″ Craftsman style door? Chances are we have it -need an old English stained glass window for your kitchen, ditto. We even offer things that aren’t even in stock…anything you can dream up we can most likely build it. Another important facet of today’s architectural salvage world. Custom work is hotter than ever. You see the pieces you want – we will make it into something you’ll love. So how DO you shop for architectural antiques? Truth is, you have to get out and start looking and do it frequently as our store is never the same twice and we pick the globe to keep it that way! How do you fit it in with your space? Well we have learned there is NO wrong way and most of the time your idea is as good as ours! Stop in and check us out at both of our locations, be inspired, and get creative with us!