Architectural Adventures in Salvage Decorating

Finding great architectural salvage treasures is truly a unique and “outside of the box” adventure where
new shopping rules and road maps apply. The typical antique “treasure map” or antique guide, trade journal or flyer on the shelf of your local antique store will not lead you to the “gold at the end of the rainbow”.

So just where do you find the “treasure troves”?

Here is a online search guide to help your quest:

1. Start your search on your favorite search engine. It is important to know that each search engine has different listings, orders and web sites. As a salvage dealer myself I am always amazed at the difference in ranking, links, and new listings that I find depending on what search engine I use. Try the “major” engines and you will find different unique paths to wander.

2. Here are some search phrases to try:
– a) architectural salvage in ( add your region i.e. western Pennsylvania or Southern Calfornia)
– b) use the term “architectural salvage” in front of the category you are looking for (such as architectural windows, architectural doors, etc.). Use advanced search option to locate the same category by your region.
– c) the term “demolition companies” by your desired region.
– d) another fertile area is the term “old building materials” by your region.
– e) try “salvage building materials” regionally.

3. Larger more complete phone books will also yield pay dirt under some of these categories.

4. Trade journals will sometimes list salvage resources.

5. Several architectural salvage directories now appear on the internet. Key in “Architectural Salvage Directory” and many times they will provide salvage yard listings by State.

6. eBay “stores” are a source of location of serious architectural salvage yards. When you do product look ups of architectural items, look for multiple listings of the same dealer and then see if they have a “visit our store” page in the header on the upper right side of the listing.

7. The higher end Flea Markets now have some savvy dealers selling really unusual salvage finds. The larger monthly shows are usually more productive because the dealers have a month to restock and pursue their own sourcing networks.

Habitat for Humanity in addition to doing very good humanitarian work also is a potential treasure trove. They specialize in recycling building materials. Some “Habitat stores” have a orientation for older materials….others are primarily new materials. Give them a call ask about their stocks.

Remember in all of these potential resources there is a “one of a kind” type of assortment by nature. Most salvage yards have relatively “high rates of sale” meaning their merchandise both arrives and departs fairly quickly. There are always a steady source of “architectural salvage” customers looking for the great finds. When you find a convenient place (whose specialty in price and taste fits yours) develop a relationship with the operator visiting them often. You also may be able to leave your name and number with some of them requesting contacts when particularly tasty arrivals come in!

The “deeper you dig” and the more time you spend in the “search” the “LUCKIER YOU WILL GET!”!! Think outside of the box and look for alternative sources of new treasures. The reward will be the architectural gems you desire!

Good luck, great shopping and treasure hunting!

Purchase a Cheap Automobile at a Salvage Auto Auction

Once a car has been repossessed for whatever reason, or if a car that is slightly older in make or model has not been claimed or purchased, it may be put up for sale in salvage auctions. This does not necessarily mean that these cars are not of good quality, but there are some things you’ll need to be aware of when you’re shopping at a salvage auction; here are a few tips that will help.

You will most likely be viewing salvaged cars at a public auto auction, which means that there will be plenty of people that are bidding on the same vehicle(s) that you want. Because you will have some ‘competition’, it is very important that you organize your budget before going to the auction, so that you will be very clear about your limits before you start the bidding process. One of the main reasons for this is that you will have to pay additional fees after you win the bid on the car at the salvage auction; and buyer’s premiums can be about 10 percent of the total price of the car.

Another very important thing to be aware of is to make sure that you’re able to see the title of the car before you take it from the lot. The only chance you have to get out of a bad deal at salvage auctions is if the title is falsified, and you wouldn’t know what type of allowances you have if you don’t have the accurate title.

Another option is to shop online for the salvage auction cars that you think you may want. If you want to shop online you may also want to check out the Salvage Direct website. This online resource will give you all the links to used automobiles that are of decent quality, and you’ll also find links to other vehicles you may want to purchase, such as boats, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles. Another website you can check out ridesafely.com. Here you will get information on live or online salvage auctions that you may want to attend.

You can also find great motor vehicles from Honda and Yamaha, and customer service is available in three languages. You can even go to one of the distributor locations in the U.S. to pick up your new vehicle after completing your purchase online. Quality cars like Lexus models, as well as Mercedes are featured on the site, but you can find more economic models such as Toyota on the site as well.

You’ll also find out where the car is physically located so that you can place your bids wisely, and the deadlines for placing the bids that you want are listed the sites for salvage auctions as well.

Why Buy Salvage Cars Or a Rebuildable Cars Rather Than Used Automobiles?

In these tough financial times we are all looking for a bargain whether it is on groceries or cars. To be a wise consumer one must carefully examine all options especially when it comes to large purchases such as a vehicle. Sadly when it comes to buying a used car many often overlook the “salvage” option merely because they have the wrong idea of what these cars are and what that title represents. While salvage cars don’t have the best reputation by many, understanding how they got that way may change your mind. Cars that have been given these titles are generally those that the insurance company had claimed would cost more to repair than the vehicle is worth. Oddly majority of the time they couldn’t be more wrong. Since those numbers tend to be based on estimated values compared to websites like Kelly Blue Book which often undervalue the actual prices. For example if a car that is several years old is involved in a heavy accident there’s a very good chance that the insurance company will decide that the repairs of this “used” vehicle will exceed the cars value, but more often then not the cars have no actual frame of engine damage.

The damage on most salvage cars for sale is merely superficial and will require body work and repainting which can be fixed in several days by professional repair shop. Nearly all Salvage Car Lots have an on-site repair shop which benefits the buyer because the lot will already have all the parts necessary to fix whatever car is being bough without having to order parts; further lowering the repair price. If not, then these dealers will recommend you to the correct specialist for your particular car. When adding the cost of the car and the repairs it’s easy to see that purchasing a salvage car and getting it fixed is always cheaper then purchasing the same vehicle from a used car lot. A car costing anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 at a used car dealership can easily be purchased and repaired for around $10,000. When on a budget, whether you’re purchasing your first car, another one for the family or just searching for a bargain, don’t overlook a salvage car just because a naysayer has spoken. Browsing through your local salvage car dealer’s lot is probably the smartest place to start your search. You never know, you might just drive out of there in that red convertible Porsche of your dreams for a quarter of what you had expected to pay; remember bargain cars are everywhere just looking to be found.