You might find the answer to your questions here. If not, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are you hours?
Our main showroom is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm. Our salvage warehouse is open Thursday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm.
We close at 2 pm on July 4th, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
We are open regular hours on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.
Where are you located?
Our main retail showroom is located at 902 13th Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Our salvage warehouse is located at 629 Ashlawn Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24015. Be sure that when you enter our address in a GPS that you choose SW (Southwest)! Click here for directions. If you’re wondering if we have room for trucks/truck-trailer combo/fifth wheel etc., we sure do! Parking is available on Midvale Ave. Click here for info on lodging and where to eat.
Can I bring my dog?
Absolutely – we just ask that your dog is sociable and stays on lead. Molly May and Stella are often onsite to greet customers. If your male dog likes to “mark,” we ask that you please do not bring them inside. We also ask that if you use a retractable lead, you keep it at its shortest. There are lots of things to get wrapped around. Thank you!
Who are the Black Dogs?
Molly May “May” and Stella are the current “black dogs.” They were both born in early 2015 and adopted from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and Save A Lab. Gone, but not forgotten, are:
Sally: September 12, 2004 – August 10, 2018
Molly: May 1992 – September 2005
What is ____ worth?
We are true believers in the saying, “something is only worth what someone will pay for it!” We do not offer appraisal services but have friends who do:
Goldsmith Appraisal Service LLC — Personal Property Appraisals and Estate Services. Kelly B. Goldsmith (540)-588-4770
Farmer Auctions — Check website for the next Free Appraisal Day. (540)-384-0100, email@example.com
Do you sandblast?
We do not offer this service but you can check with Twist & Turns, 625 W. Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016. (540)-985-9513.
Do you repair or finish antiques?
No, but we highly recommend Astonish Restoration, 5205D Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA 24018. (540)-769-6070.
Do you strip or dip doors?
No, we do not offer this service, but you can check with Creative Finishing, 330 Walnut Avenue Southeast, Roanoke, VA 24014. (540)-345-6813.
Do you have a resource for fixing pocket doors?
We do! Stephen Thorp practices the lost art of maintenance and repair of pocket doors. Find him at http://www.fixpocketdoors.com/
Do you offer demolition services?
We do not offer demolition services but highly recommend E. Luke Greene Demolition and Environmental Services. Their area of operations covers the entire Southeastern portion of the United States.
Can I use antique door knobs on my modern door?
Yes, with a conversion kit and large enough door plate or rose to cover your cylinder lock opening. We can order these for you — please call or write for more information.
How do you remove paint from hardware?
Boil to temp, transfer to cold (ice not required, we are looking for expansion and contraction to break bond of paint), brush or scrub with very light abrasive. Repeat as necessary. Polish if required. Not all old hardware is solid brass – strippers will ruin plating. Tip: Never do this with crystal or glass knobs!
Any advice for starting a salvage company?
Whew, get a big first-aid kit and a large bottle of pain relievers! This Google search may help you a bit. It’s as simple as finding the building to salvage, getting the rights to remove the goodies and hauling them out. It’s also as complex as these articles suggest. You’ll need to network with others and let them know what you’re doing. You may find demolition permits being pulled and talk to the contractors that pulled them. Get friendly with realtors. You’ll need retail space to sell and a staff that knows what they’re selling. In short, there are no magic bullets, unfortunately. Like any business you start, you’ll need time and money. Good luck and if you ever find a bigger salvage job than you’d like to handle, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you paint or finish items with rust?
Tay did a Quick Tip Tuesday video on how to deal with rust in your project: watch here
Rust nuetralizer is also a great help. When applied to rusted surfaces, rust neutralizers resist/retard rust and chemically changes rust to a tough, hard surface ready for priming. This application of this project is as simple as a spray bottle and will darken the rusted area. The outcome of shade and/or color after application will vary depending on the age and extent of the rust. Many of the pieces we use in our shop have extensive rust and therefore will still have a rusted tint/shade when dry. Thinner, more recent rust will likely blacken due to the chemical reaction. When applied to rusted surfaces, rust neutralizers cause iron oxide (rust) to chemically change iron phosphate – an inert, hard substance that darkens the metal and rust areas and in some cases turns black. A dry, powdery, grayish-white surface may develop after rust neutralizer is applied; this is normal – brush off any loose powder before paint or clear coat application.
How do I keep rusted patina?
Brush off any loose rust with a wire brush. Coat with an oil based clear coat. This will darken the rust slightly but keep the patina.