Treasures Found

13 Jan

I drove north to Baltimore yesterday to drop some stuff off with my Dad. While in the neighborhood, I decided to visit Second Chance, which is usually described as an architectural salvage company, but is so much more.

second_chance_1Second Chance is a non-profit that, according to their website, “…creates “green collar jobs” by taking apart buildings that would otherwise be demolished and dumped in a landfill. We then offer the reclaimed materials to the public at a discount, helping fund our job training and workforce development programs. We deconstruct buildings and homes, salvage usable materials and make those available to the public through our 200,000 square feet of retail space. With the revenue generated, we provide job training and workforce development for those with employment obstacles in the Baltimore region.”

It’s the retail space I visited. And I was AMAZED.

It was my first time at their new location. They used to have four separate buildings that were located within  blocks of each other practically in the shadow of M&T Bank Staduim. You know, home of the Ravens.

When I walked in, I think I actually giggled. I just love going there.

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Anyway, they are still close to the stadium, but everything is is one ginormous warehouse. At least, it felt pretty darn big to me. And did I mention that the place is super-easy to find? Really. It’s right off of I-95 and I-295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway). Here’s a MAP.

I’ve gotten some really great stuff there over the years. I often tell people that every now and then, I just HAVE to go. Seriously. I just get this urge to go. And I can’t stop thinking about it until I do.

The other day, when I told Hubby “those little voices in my head are telling me to go to Second Chance again,” he said to me, without skipping a beat, “I wish they would shut the Hell up!”

I didn’t take a camera. These pics were all captured with my iPhone. But I took lots so y’all could see what a cool variety of stuff they have available.

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Old signs.

 

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End table (one of two).

 

Unusual art.

Unusual art.

 

Framed pictures.

Framed picture, in a very cool frame.

Now all you craft types, turn on the project visualizer. Okay?

Cabinet doors of all shapes, sizes, and finishes. Or unfinished.

Cabinet doors of all shapes, sizes, and finishes. Or unfinished.

Wouldn’t those doors make great frames for some decoupage pieces? Especially that big, tall one in the middle. I almost got one, but have a huge backlog of projects already so decided to wait.

Singer sewing machine and table.

Singer sewing machine and table.

I bought the sewing machine not as a painting project, but for the machine. I still have yet to test it. It’s circa 1968, which is actually newer than the machine I currently use. It does zig-zag stitches while my current machine only goes straight in forward and reverse.

Painted fireplace screen.

Painted fireplace screen.

 

Decoys (I think).

Decoys (I think).

 

Very cool, wrought iron-base bar stool.

Very cool, wrought iron-base bar stool.

That stool came home with me. It was about $30. Not only is it super-comfortable, it’ll look really cute with about 15 minutes worth of painting.

Wall sconce. This is another one-of-a-pair item.

Wall sconce. This is another one-of-a-pair item.

I don’t remember the price of the sconce, but it was expensive. But it’s a really, really nice piece and worth every cent. I just have no place for it.

Table and 4 chairs with a 2 or 3 leaves for $215.

Table and 4 chairs with a 2 or 3 leaves for $215.

 

Miscellaneous stuff.

 

Pickled pine TV cabinet.

Pickled pine TV cabinet.

 

Cherry-finish armoire.

Cherry-finish armoire. A mere $50.

It was hard for me to leave this next item behind. But I didn’t want to spend that much money on one thing.

Butler. He was $135, so I left him behind. But I LOVED him.

Butler. He was $135, so I left him behind. But I LOVED him.

 

Chairs (about $35 each).

Chairs (about $35 each).

Considering my chair addiction, I was quite proud of myself for leaving these behind. And they didn’t even need paint. I think there were three.

Miscellaneous stuff.

Miscellaneous stuff.

 

Wrought-iron farm chandelier ($89).

Wrought-iron farm chandelier ($89).

All together, I came away with a huge oak mirror, the stool and sewing machine with table, two end tables, an antique pair of glass-topped nesting tables, and a really cool book full of very nice black and white prints. It was fun.

Do you like shopping at places like that? Or would you rather just buy new stuff?

11 thoughts on “Treasures Found

  1. Wow! I didn’t know they moved. Maybe I’ll have to make a visit there one day soon. I love going there too but it got to be complicated with ALL the different warehouses – glad to hear they have it all in one place now.

  2. Wow, so many good treasures.

    The sewing machine reminds me of my mom’s. I don’t remember the brand but she’s had it since I was born and it is in a flip table like that. They sure don’t make them like that anymore. The machines of today are all plastic and crappy. Or at least my Viking is (I don’t like it)

    That place sure looks like a fun place to wander and spend an hour or so.

  3. Brandy, the new machines are overly technical, too. They intimidate me. Which is why I was so happy to find this old one. Now that I am comfortable with forward and back, I can zig-zag. Assuming it works. Manual en route in the mail. 🙂

  4. Oh, I love places like this. Not just for the great finds but for the philosophy of reusing stuff. We waste too much in making new things when there are used items available. I love old signs for their aesthetic appeal.

    • Shybiker, what amazes me is the sort of junk that passes for merchandise these days. I stopped at Homegoods on the way home. Their furniture saddens me.

  5. Kathy:

    I can’t wait to see what wonders you turn these items into.

    I am afraid I am already full of Junque, so I can’t buy anymore stuff. We have no room to put anything but we don’t have any stores like that.

    I really liked that “butler” you left behind. I could just imagine HIM beside your shoe bench

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

    • Bob, your comment ended up in limbo. I’ve been busy recreating stuff. Tomorrow is the day I turn some of it over. Pics will come eventually, along with my crazy confession. Wait, that’s sounds bad. Explanation of my crazy idea. Lol.

  6. Morning
    You and John had told me about this place, but I still have never been.
    I’ve got to go. Really cool things.
    Love the old/ new sew machine. I love anything OLD..
    Woolie chicken hugs

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