For great vintage finds, try Salvage Yards
Step through the rusty repurposed gates of a salvage yard, and you’ll find yourself in a design time machine. Carnival ride seats lean against a towering Buddha; paint-chipped strike plates for door latches line shelves; pastel-colored bathtubs, sinks and toilets create a porcelain rainbow. In a one-click world where new home-decor offerings are predictably universal, salvage yards offer unique possibilities.
A few years ago, salvage yards were primarily seen as resources for homeowners and builders looking to restore historical properties or for artists seeking inexpensive materials. But Vermont-based designer Joanne Palmisano says salvage dealers now serve a far wider range of customers.