Site clearing started on Monday.
SB Cox used this area and adjoining buildings for architectural salvage for at least 20 years. Old doors, windows, bathtubs, radiators, a Mexican ATM kiosk, and all kinds of stuff. They had doors stacked 50 deep, with the sweet smell of peeling lead paint in every crevice. I don’t think they sold much from there (kind of a low-brow Caravati’s) but they had some interesting items. It’s all gone to the great dumpster in the sky now.
RIP old crusty Richmond stuff.
This area also used to be a lead-smelting company on Hatcher St which contributed to a significant amount of pollution, check out the resources below:
The salvage yard used to be open to the public as it sat right across from the Triple Crossing Brewery. Despite the negative reports, the salvage yard was not only a place of business, but a place that inspired some folks. Check out this entry by “Darling Octopus” back in 2012:
This weekend I went to one of my happiest places – the salvage yard. So much cool old stuff just waiting to be re-used. I find the salvage yard super inspiring and I love to just wander around. My favorite RVA salvage yard is S.B. Cox. They might not have as big a selection as Caravati’s but it has a much more laid back feel and most importantly – it’s cheaper. Now you will have to be willing to do a little digging. And nothing is priced, so you have to ask – but that means they are ready to negotiate. I hate to haggle but I actually find it kind of fun at S.B. Cox. Several negotiations have ended in a coin toss which is just so fun! So if you are looking for some old stuff to add character to your home – check them out. They have a huge door selection – we have replaced two doors in our house there.