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Old 11-10-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Question local salvage shops + yards

Where are the best places to get salvage materials around Pittsburgh? I'm thinking of anything from junkyards, to architectural salvage shops, to run-down buildings ready for harvesting.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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Welp, years later, the answer is that there aren't too many places. Construction Junction and the Habitat ReStores are the primary places. Connected to CJ is Creative Reuse -- for crafter folks. Zero Waste operates some waste harvesting events throughout each year, like at the Guardian Building in the Strip, but there's no regular location that I know of. CJ has recycling dumpsters out front too, which are full of goodies, and other recycling dropoffs around town contain treasure from time to time. Trash day is always great. But back to salvage yards: there are a number of metal yards, some will let you peruse their piles of junk. There's Hamilton Tool in Beaver Falls -- probably the biggest used tool warehouse in the country. There's Red White and Blue, Salvation Army, and a number of Goodwill stores for some non-construction stuff. There's Dargate in McKees Rocks and Artifacts in the West End for higher end stuff.

As far as I can tell that's about it. There aren't any real whole-house demolition salvage places, and CJ is kind of a watered down version of the Bay Area's Urban Ore. Gotta get me a truck and vacant lot and start parting out abandoned buildings!
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