Ok, I have to admit, just like Sherri Porter, owner of PD’s in Franklin, I was raised as a salvage baby. My father, a third generation insurance guy, had a client, Ron Cowan who owned a huge salvage operation. Every time my Dad paid a visit to Ron, we were the recipients a hodge-podge of stuff including but not limited to: handbags, cooking equipment, bed linens, cartons of damaged can goods, Christmas decorations even a couple of cases of Kotex in a slightly charred box (Did I mention there were six women in our household?). Most of the stuff we acquired had either been in a fire, flood or train wreck.
I come by damaged goods naturally. As a result, I love the art of rummaging through salvage stores. Here is my quick guide to what worth your time and money to buy at Southeastern Salvage:
Always in stock…
- Great outdoor and indoor rugs: They have a huge selection of contemporary rugs for under $200 and Oriental rugs (not machine-made) for under a $1,000. One day I spoke to a manager and found out Southeastern Salvage (based in Chattanooga) has been buying quality rugs for years.
- Sea grass baskets: For storing toys, towels and magazines. These are great for mud rooms, storage under a table or beach towels in the summer.
- Pillow covers and inserts: Similar to the ones in the Pottery Barn catalog. These are cute, linen pillows with a big button on the front.
- Outdoor urns and containers: Plentiful with all kinds of shapes including teak, ceramic and terra-cotta.
- Inexpensive mirrors: For bathrooms and lake houses.
Some weird and usual finds in stock right now….
- Luggage tags: Great inexpensive teacher or graduation gifts.
- Animal hides: Many different patterns including many in great neutral shades.
- Moroccan footstools: Nice for a playroom or den as a table or additional seating.
Happy Shopping! Let me know if you discover any treasures at Southeastern Salvage.