Architectural Salvage Goodness

April 18, 2022

Today I'm sharing a great architectural salvage store -- PACA -- in Champaign, Illinois.

vintage wooden arch salvage

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PACA stands for Preservation and Conservation Association (est. 1981), based in Champaign, IL. It was founded to "foster and encourage the preservation and conservation of the natural and built environment of Champaign County and East Central Illinois." I, for one, am eternally grateful this awesome place exists.

It's been a while since I've shared a tour of a cool junking spot, so I thought I would give you a visual walk-through of this true gem of a store.

original railroad crossing sign

This vintage Railroad Crossing sign had just the right amount of wear and tear, and it if didn't cost $125 I would have bought it for one of my daughters who collects signs.

vintage architectural wooden window arch

I really fell in love with this vintage architectural salvage piece. I mean, just look at the chippy shabbiness of it! I could see it displayed on my faux fireplace mantel in a heartbeat.
  
vintage lamp globes thrift store

They had a nice vintage lamp selection, including glass globe lamps as well as traditional table lamps and chandeliers.

parking lot filled with vintage clawfoot tubs and sinks

What's not to love about the salvage in the outside yard?

salvage yard galvanized metal buckets

There were galvanized buckets and window frames and rusted machinery.

clawfoot tub with gold feet and vintage pink tub

And how about this golden-footed clawfoot bathtub? Not to mention the pink tub in the background. We actually had a pink bathroom just like it when I was growing up.

architectural salvage bricks

There were tons of old salvaged bricks as well as wooden architectural salvage pieces like the ones sitting on top of this pile.  

rusty vintage radiators salvage yard

There were a bunch of vintage radiators sitting pretty for the taking.


And some other rusty metal pieces were just crying to be taken home.  

salvage yard vintage locker box set

When I saw the price for this set of metal lockers I really couldn't believe my eyes. They were only $30.

set of vintage box lockers in salvage store

Talk about a great addition to anyone's industrial decor. I looked them up online and found out that you can buy practically the exact same five tier box locker set for $539.90 each. I'd say the PACA price was exceptional!

I also found the perfect piece of salvaged wood to use for the top of my salvaged fireplace mantel! I've been waiting a long time for just the right piece and I think I've found it -- so I'm really excited about it. Once I manage to attach it to the mantel I will definitely do an update on the blog -- it deservers its own post.

Well, that's it for today, friends!

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Artsy VaVa said...

You just made me want to take a trip to Illinois!!! That looks like such a fun place to shop.

Vintage Style Gal said...

I added this to my bucket list of places I want to visit. I am out of state, but when the items are this wonderful, why not make a trip out of it? I am in love with the window frames as you were! So lovely!

Junkchiccottage said...

Ohhhhh Kathleen you have to tell me where this shop is in Champaign. I want that beautiful chippy piece you showed. How awesome is that piece. WOW! I cannot wait to see what you got for your mantel. Those tubs with the claw feet oh my. xoxo Kris

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers said...

I love wandering around junking stores! You just never know what you might come across. Can't believe the storage lockers were only $30!

The Antiqued Journey said...

WOW!! What a cool spot to visit!! So many pretty things and that claw foot tub is just...so good. I love seeing where others shop and find pretty things so this was really cool. Thanks for sharing, Kathleen!

Kathy said...

Oh, I had the best time "shopping" as I scrolled through your pictures. I loved the clawfoot tub! I'll NEVER forget seeing one tub half buried in someone's yard here in Maine with a cement statue of Mary enshrined in it. Ranked right up there with the tractor tires painted white with petunias planted inside!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow I will add this to my Pinterest board of things to do! I love that one glass lamp fixture that looks like a hat!!! Man - I'd snatch that up for sure. Lots of inspiration here with what you photographed and I too love the piece you got for your mantel! Might be worth a nice little drive down there some weekend this summer!

Anonymous said...

Hi..Enjoy your travels..Wish I had Salvage Stores near me..
Keep them coming..

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