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Southeastern Salvage has tons of inside and outside construction materials

Southeastern Salvage has tons of inside and outside construction materials

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.

Welcome to 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.
This outdoor rug ( 7'10" x 11") is under $100 at Southeastern Salvage.

This outdoor rug ( 7’10” x 11″) is under $100 at Southeastern Salvage.

  • 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.
Most baskets are $15-$20 at Southeastern Salvage.

Most baskets are $15-$20 at Southeastern Salvage.

  • 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.
All pillow covers at Southeastern Salvage are under $10 and come in pink, brown, navy, red, stripes and polka-dots.

All pillow covers are under $10 and come in pink, brown, navy, red, stripes and polka-dots.

  • Outdoor urns and containers: Plentiful with all kinds of shapes including teak, ceramic and terra-cotta.
Southeastern Salvage has the ideal options for mother-in-law gifts!

Perfect mother-in-law gift at under $200.

  • Inexpensive mirrors: For bathrooms and lake houses.
Teak mirrors perfect for a summer cottage can be found at Southeastern Salvage for $125.

Teak mirrors perfect for a summer cottage can be found at Southeastern Salvage for $125.

Some weird and usual finds in stock right now….

  • Luggage tags: Great inexpensive teacher or graduation gifts.
Southeastern Salvage gift tags

All leather luggage tags are $5 and monogramming is free!

  • Animal hides: Many different patterns including many in great neutral shades.
Southeastern Salvage

These are in Horchow’s for $689; Southeastern Salvage has them for $299.

  • Moroccan footstools: Nice for a playroom or den as a table or additional seating.
Patchwork Ottomons at Southeastern Salvage

Patchwork Ottomons for under $60 at Southeastern Salvage

Happy Shopping!  Let me know if you discover any treasures at Southeastern Salvage.

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