One of Wanda Crossley’s favorite parts of renovating is having an opportunity to reuse old finds.
“I love recycling,” she says. “If I can get something that’s old and made well and has character and looks great, that’s much more exciting to me. And the quality is usually better than something new.”
Here are Crossley’s favorite places to find architectural salvage:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
“I live at Habitat,” says Crossley. “But you have to be willing to dig.” At the Winchester location in Virginia’s Frederick County, she found exterior shutters, light fixtures and Kohler faucets for her church renovation. She also snagged the 36-pane window that is in the front of her design studio for $50. Recently, she picked up an $1,800 Franke sink for $125. Visit www.habitat.org/restores for area locations.
Housewerks Architectural Salvage
At this Maryland shop, Crossley found the marble she used for countertops in her store and studio, the lanterns that flank the shop’s front doors and the vintage metal letters she currently sells. “The building is cool,” she says of Housewerks. “The owner is wonderful, and they have really great things at good prices.” 1415 Bayard St., Baltimore. 410-685-8047. www.housewerksalvage.com.
“They have windows and doors and all kinds of hardware and really cool mantels,” says Crossley. “There were windows I wanted, but when I called back about them someone had already bought them.” The lesson: If you see something you like, act quickly. 122 E. Main St., Front Royal, Va. 540-636-7984. www.oldhouseparts.net.