Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Trip to the Salvage Store

There is a salvage place that I have been eyeing since I was probably 16.  It is on a corner downtown that was on our way to school, and I have always wanted to go. (I was bitten by the antique/decorating bug early in life.)

Saturday was the day: the day for my first trip to Architectural Exchange.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  When I walked in, there might have been angels singing.

Anything and everything you can imagine is there: light fixtures, handrails, medicine cabinets, spindles, trim, china, mantles, doors, hardware, transom windows, corbels, ironwork, beadboard... most of which has been salvaged from homes in Chattanooga's Highland Park neighborhood.

I snapped a few pictures of some of the amazingness...

Be still, my heart! Piles of salvaged beadboard.

We were on a hunt for some large posts that would work for the table we want to build.  There were plenty to choose from, but we landed on these solid oak posts that might have been newell posts in their former life...

The scale is nice; they're not skinny, dinky, little posts.

I also found a sign for J.H Shomaker for $18(!!!).  It still has the original hooks, and I just picture it hanging over an old door to a little shop.

I love the detail at the ends of the sign.

I think it will be perfect hanging over a doorframe for on the soffit in the kitchen.

Besides all the fun treasures, the owner is passionate about restoration and maintaining the integrity and original features of beautiful old homes.  It's like shopping with a kindred spirit.

We will definitely go back, and I will share pictures of the newell posts in their new role as table legs.
Find more pictures of our decorating escapades on Instagram with #amberbottlehouse.


  1. Love that sign! I need a salvage store like that in my town!

    1. Thanks! It's fun to putz around places like that.