Salvage shopping



John was going to go out of town Saturday, but I talked him out of it because of the coming weather, so we spent the day shopping instead LOL! It was where I was planning on going anyway if he was gone, but it was nice having him tag along. Usually I can bribe him with lunch or coffee to go with me.  We had a groupon and went to lunch at Comfort Kitchen. 



I know I have posted pictures of their butternut squash mac and cheese before, but it is so good. Seriously – if you ever get to Saratoga Springs, put this on your list.  It’s 2 meals worth, too.

After fueling up, we went to Albany and stopped at Silver Fox Salvage. Stuff was a little pricey for me, but such neat stuff.




They had some trunks there as well, which were really nice, but priced too high for me to buy, fix and resell (at least around here).



I need to get into the market where the restored trunks go for $600+ dollars to do these. 

I also found the shop kitties.


Of course. This little guy was a feral kitty and now has a home in the shop. 🙂

Empty handed, we stopped for some coffee. John ordered a large Americano and it came in a bucket!



He couldn’t even finish it. From here, we stopped at Habitat Restore.  This is the big warehouse resale shop for Habitat for Humanity. They take donations of all kinds of household stuff from furniture to lighting to paint and shingles. It is very cool and they had a lot of great stuff …and some not so great stuff.




I was totally excited to see these doors from a really old house.


We need to replace 6 doors in our house and we want real wood doors.  So, we need to now measure and see if these will work – and if so, grab them. They are $50 per door and come with old knobs, too.  That’s a score if they work. Getting them home will be a puzzle, though. 

John also spotted a chair that he thought I would like – and he was right!



This is very similar to my other chair and it was marked down to $30. It needs glueing, which is probably why no one bought it. With glue and upholstery, I will have a really nice chair here.  

Pixie has already staked her claim. Slowly, but surely, we are getting this house finished and furnished on a tight budget.  I’ll just tack this chair onto my huge list of projects that never seems to get any smaller.

That snow that I didn’t want John driving in started while we were in Albany earlier than expected and it took us 2 hours to get home, which was double the normal time. Ugh! It was worth it, though. 

We did get into the low 30s today!!  We haven’t been above freezing in a month, so it felt like being in the tropics today.  Okay, not really, but dang it was nice to be outside and not being completely miserable while shoveling the 6 inches or so of snow that fell  😀


Short lived and tomorrow we will be back in single digits again, but spring will come.



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14 thoughts on “Salvage shopping

  1. deb

    That sounds like such a great day Lori. I’ll bet John is so glad he stayed home with you!!! Look at all that snow!!! I know you are probably tired of it but i’ve honestly had very little snow in my adult life so that snow would bring out the little kid in me! 🙂 I hope to have lots of flea markets and stuff like that to go thru in Arkansas when we move. Not many flea markets here in CA… least not where i’m at… ‘Flea Mkt ‘ means something totally different out here….. Stay warm!! Hugs! deb
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  2. debby

    Hilarious–my one thought was “no wonder Lori likes that chair, there is a cat that looks just like Pixie sitting on it.” ohhh, that IS Pixie sitting on it…never mind 🙂
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    1. Lori Post author

      We will have to trim the doors, which is a little scary, but we might get 2 and try it out before committing to 6 of them!

  3. Helen

    I had the same thought as Debby about the chair and the cat lol!

    One thing you will be able to say for sure is that though you didn’t have a big budget to rehab and furnish your new home, you have paid dearly in sweat equity!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Yes, lots of sweat equity. If only it showed up on the scale LOL! I guess offsetting all the work with food is the problem there…

  4. Shelley B

    How awesome it would be if the doors (with their old timey knobs) work out! I like so many styles – modern and old – it’s hard to decorate. I’d love to repurpose some old garden gate or the like into a wall decoration; plus I have always wanted to buy an old metal twin headboard for a guest room. What fun to shop at salvage stores…I just don’t do it, even though they are around the area.
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  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    This is funny because I was surfing Netflix and ran into a show called “Flea Market Flip” where people find flea market finds and transform them only to re-sell at a later flea market and whomever makes the most profit wins the episode. It reminded me of you! I think you should be on the show. 🙂
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  6. Fran

    We have similar stores like that here in Holland but I never go there. I am thinking though on checking the one in my town out soon. You never know what you will find right?

    I’m glad you went out for some shopping. All that snow and the cold weather must be boring by now for you. I can imagine that with that kind of weather it’s tempting just to stay home.
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