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Another Man’s Trash is This Woman’s Metal Cabinets

Another Man’s Trash is This Woman’s Metal Cabinets
May 8, 2014 Cassee Cunningham

salvage metal cabinets for energy efficient home renovationThis week’s post subject is near and dear to my heart, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared my favorite places to find fantastic architectural salvage and furniture for the home yet.  If you care about the earth and the environment, one of the most impactful things to do is re-use.  Keep valuable things out of the waste stream.  It’s easy and so much fun!

This weekend I was looking for a bathroom sink for my energy efficient home renovation. (Yes we are to the point we need a bathroom sink.) I didn’t like the style or price tag of anything I was seeing.  My contractor kept urging me to check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Man ! Not only did I find a sink that I absolutely love for $30, I found (if you could hear me say this out loud, my voice goes up a couple of octaves) a whole 30-piece set of metal cabinets from the 1940s. That, my friends, is a gold mine, or at least a metal cabinet mine.  I couldn’t believe it! I had shopped for a set of retro metal cabinets before we began our renovation and couldn’t find any. Here they were in fabulous condition…and for way under what I would have paid. I bought the whole set.

Next time you need a door, sink, light fixture, yard art – you name it – think of going to Cline’s Country Antiques in Mt Pleasant, near Concord.  Make sure you bring a truck and work boots because you are going to find something awesome, but it’s gonna be big.  Last time I was there I found my original metal cabinet and huge country sink for the kitchen. I have also purchased interior doors there.

Some other great places in Charlotte are:

  • Green with Envy for really well priced re-finished shabby chic furniture.
  • Sleepy Poet on South Blvd is an awesome spot for just great antiques and unexpected finds.
  • Also in SouthEnd, you can find New to You Furniture, featuring gently used luxury home furnishings, decorative accessories, lighting, and art.
  • In NoDa, the Junk Rescue guys have a store of their best rescued items.
  • Consignment 1st has locations around North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. They carry market samples from the High Point Furniture Market as well as consignment furniture, home decor and antiques.

I would love to hear about your salvage finds and places you found them. Any other spots I should check out? Any finds you want to share pictures of?  Let me know… And happy hunting!