Thursday, October 29, 2015

McKinney Wrecking Finds

I've always said, you can make it feel like home, no matter where you live so long as you find things to love. 

Well, El Paso, you've done it again.

If you drive along Interstate-10 East along the Texas/Mexico border, you will see the University of Texas El Paso to your left and a giant fence to your right, dividing us from the border. But just as you pass UTEP, you'll also see this glorious brick building that is literally falling down/eroding away. I've lived here nearly 4 years, and I just assumed it was a faulty old building, with a cool sign, decaying away.

But as it turns out, they actually moved it to another location, and you can shop their odds/ends of reclaimed furniture/doors/windows/shutters/bricks/wood/metal YOU NAME IT from old buildings. It took me about 6 months to finally get to go (it was a 20 minute drive, I can't believe I put it off that long). If you're ever in El Paso, check it out! 6966 Market Ave, El Paso, TX 79915
They were totally gracious and helpful and I plan on doing many more excursions there. Yet another unique place that makes me really appreciate where God has me right now.

I found these AWESOME treasures:

Every price was slashed for me, I think they found it endearing when I said, "I've never used a saw before, but I have BIG plans for this!" 

I was serious.

But hey, I'll take it! 
Vintage Sewing Machine (oldest electrical model) Singer that was "destroyed" in a house fire: $15
Reclaimed Outdoor Shutters: $10/each
Old School House Window Panes: $10/each
Old Hotel Room Key Shelf: $5
5 Slats of Wood (covered in bird poop, ICK): $2/each and 1 was free because the guy literally said, "Gross. You can just have that one." Bless you. 

Grand total: $68+tax. 

My immediate thought for this was, "Perfect for my dining table, YES." 
And it was, I'll share the link to that reveal when I post it!

I loved this so much, I scrubbed it up and it was such an awesome, heavy metal. 

These are old windows that operated on a pully, yep, THAT OLD. I still don't know what I'm going to do with them. 

Bird poop, warped wood! This is actually WHY I went to McKinney Wrecking, and I'm so glad I got them. They turned out FABULOUSLY in the project I used them for. I'll share more soon. ;) 

Last but certainly not least, outdoor shutters. I told the guy (doing all my heavy lifting and being totally awesome) "The dirtier and chippy-er the better!" He thought I was a little nuts, but that's okay.

I ended up spending about $72 for all these items, and I'm so excited to say that I have most of the projects already completed. I'm excited to finish Halloween projects (seriously, I need to lend a editing eye to my costume before I turn it into a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Float) so I can finish these cool pieces and display them around my ever evolving eclectic home.

Stay tuned!