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A Salvage Halloween

It’s one of our favorite times of year!  Fall is officially here: the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and Halloween is right around the corner.  At Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, we have our own way of decorating pumpkins. Behold the creations of some of your friendly neighborhood salvagers — using antique hardware, and fun, unique objects.                             Happy Halloween!

Guest Blog Post from Kerin Gale of ‘Remnants of Olde’

Yesterday I posted a blog about listening to strangers. Not the ones your parents told you to never talk to but the chance meeting stranger that sparks and idea within you. Well Kerin Gale, one of the artist I mentioned, wrote a wonderful blog about her side of the story, art and Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. Please take a look. And THANK YOU Kerin for your kind words! This is Kerin’s Blog but please visit her website.  It is filled with beautiful art and interesting information. I want to share with you about a dear sweet lady, Louise, that I met while on the way back from Portland in October.  Louise has what I consider a dream job.  She is surrounded by the most fantastic…

Being Inspired by Strangers

There are times a complete stranger can walk into your life and end up making a huge impact. This summer Sarah (Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage’s newest employee for those of you who may not have met her yet) and I met two very energetic women named Tory Brokenshire and Dayna Collins.  These two local artist that had us laughing at everything. They were looking for materials for their assembly art and Tory showed us some pictures of the kind of work she does – incredible and whimsical characters made from scraps that she finds.  Later this past summer I also had the opportunity to meet Kerin Gale.  She has the most amazing Steampunk style art and jewelry that I have seen.  When I met her…

Industrial and “Steam Punk” at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage

There is a scene in Gone With The Wind where Rhett Butler had given Mammy (played by Hattie McDaniel AND the first African American actress to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress) a red petticoat. He asked to see it and with a sly smile on her face,  lifts her skirt to reveal that amazing red color…. That’s what this is, just a taste.  Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage has the largest selection in Oregon of authentic, vintage and artist made industrial and “Steam Punk” pieces. AND on top of that,  we have another huge train container coming Wednesday that is completely full of industrial items! Items like the forms Tiffany’s used to make their silver spoons and forks long ago. LARGE industrial tables…

Artist Spotlight: Heidi Petersen

One of our goals is to showcase various people who do great things with Aurora Mills salvage.  I had the pleasure of talking with artist Heidi Petersen about her work and inspiration. She was kind enough to write about it for this blog. OLD THINGS by Heidi Petersen I’m drawn to the poetic qualities of time worn objects. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I grew up on a farm and witnessed the beautiful yet gritty cycle of life. Maybe I began to appreciate the process of decay and then what comes next…new life.  Or it could be simply a matter of liking old things; they’re comforting somehow. I’ve always had an inclination for disarranging objects and finding new dynamic juxtapositions to create a piece…