I went to my first demolition sale yesterday. Our family gave us Christmas money to use for our ongoing renovation projects, so we were on the hunt for some deals.
We originally went because they were selling an entire basement suite (kitchen cabinets, newish fridge and stove, bathroom vanity and fixtures, etc.) for $675. We were understandably keen on that, but unfortunately we were #5 on the list and #2 got it. They did have some other interesting things though, so we didn’t come home empty handed.
While not particularly glamorous, we were thrilled to get the toilet from the upstairs bathroom for next to nothing. It’s almost new and is an expensive low-flow model to boot.
We also got a couple of small wood-frame windows to make cold frames for the garden (for $5).
We went back this morning to remove the toilet, and picked up this gorgeous cabinet with leaded glass doors as well (it’s nicer in person, the photo emphasizes the construction dust). It was originally a built-in unit in the music room, so we’ll have to finish it a bit. I just love it – I’ve never bought myself an antique anything before.
We ended up buying the Jotul wood stove that we looked at the other night (saving ourselves about $1300 over buying a new one!), and will have to rework our existing fireplace a little bit to install it. With this in mind, we also bought the antique fireplace surround/mantle.
We’re going back just before the house comes down to take away a few interior doors with gorgeous glass door knobs, a garden gate, and he’s giving us (for free!!) the leaded glass windows as long as we remove them ourselves. They’re the same pattern as the doors in the cabinet above. We don’t plan on using them as actual windows because they’re so inefficient and breezy, but we’re thinking they’ll make gorgeous cabinet doors for future carpentry projects (any other brilliant ideas out there?).
For some reason they had several of these galvanized boxes lying around too. I’m going to use them to hold my onions and potatoes in the pantry.I think I may be a budding demo sale addict. It was so agonizing to see such a gorgeous old home being demolished that I was desperate to try and save as much of it as I could. This particular house was apparently built by a man as a wedding gift for his new bride at the turn of the century. It’s reassuring to know that so much of it will be used elsewhere, but it’s still sad. On another note, it was raining so hard this morning that our crawlspace was flooded with several inches of water, but by the time we got home from collecting our demo sale treasures the sky had cleared, and this was the view (through our neighbors’ patio) while I was hanging the laundry in the afternoon.