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'Cause they don't make 'em like they used to: using architectural salvage and salvage yards are a great way to find well-loved, still-useful bits and pieces from your home. Whether you're refurbishing furniture or looking for an antique feel for your home remodel, salvage yards offer untold hidden gems and many a diamond in the rough. And because it's all used, you can find stuff for cheap.

In addition to the big-time savings you can find, salvaged goods also offer benefits you can't put a price tag on; pieces you'll find have a patina that only years of daily use can create, infusing a unique, one-of-a-kind flavor and timeless quality into the items you choose to surround yourself with. We've picked out a handful of useful places to start your search for a salvaged treasure.1. Olde Good Things (New York City; Scranton, Pa. Hallandale, Fla.; Los Angeles)

2. Architectural Parts Warehouse (Albany, N.Y.)

3. Historic Houseparts (Rochester, N.Y.)

4. Architectural Salvage Warehouse (Burlington, Vt.)

5. Nor'East Architectural Salvage Antiques (South Hampton, N.H.)

6. Old House Salvage (Exeter, N.H.)

7. Restoration Resources (Boston, Mass.)

8. Portland Architectural Salvage (Portland, Maine)

9. Recycling the Past (Barnegat, N.J.)

10. Sarasota Architectural Salvage (Sarasota, Fla.)

11. North Shore Architectural Antiques (Two Harbors, Minn.)

12. Salvage One (Chicago, Ill.)

13. Tony's Architectural Salvage (Orange, Calif.)

14. Beyond Waste (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

15. Pasadena Architectural Salvage (Pasadena, Calif.)

16. Whole House Building Supply & Salvage (Palo Alto, Calif.)

17. Ohmega Salvage (Berkeley, Calif.)

18. Earthwise Architectural Salvage (Seattle, Wash.)

If you can't make it to any of these, check out SalvageWeb Architectural Salvage Exchange to use the power of the internet to hunt for treasures.

[Via: ::Dwell Daily and ::About.com]

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