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Welcome Back!

Spring is the season of renewal and here at the Mill, we are taking that literally. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – we’re back from a little posting hiatus with news, pictures, and exciting updates. First and foremost, we would like to give a hearty welcome to our new staff additions. Chanel Buehner and Katybeth Jerome –  Mannequin Wranglers and E-Commerce Duo Extraordinaire Adam Newberry – Lumber Whisperer Alex Crowder – Visual Merchandiser (aka “Dances with Machine Legs”) Speaking of Alex, during the past few months, a period which shall henceforth be referred to as “The Renaissance” here at the Mill, she has completely transformed our spaces from chaos to symphonic harmony. The before and after shots speak for themselves. Some Upstairs Views Some Downstairs Views Before…

Abundance

Along with the spectacular one-of-kind items we have at The Mill, we’re equally delighted with what our buyers have found and brought back in abundance. Where else are you going to find 100’s (no exaggeration) of wire gym baskets, Oregon berry crates, shoe forms, and chalkboards together in one place? These are just a few of the goods you can find overflowing in the showroom and online. If you see something you love, but live far away, don’t fret! Its easy to buy through the ‘shop’ section of our website. We ship all over the world. Or if you prefer, give us a call at the showroom (503.678.6083). We’re happy to answer any questions for you!

Aurora Mills Springtime Update

Spring has officially sprung and, in the spirit of the season, new developments are springing up at Aurora Mills!  Along with showers, April brought the launch of our new website. In addition to an easier to navigate and streamlined look, probably the most exciting new feature is the ability to purchase merchandise directly from the site. Anyone who has bought online form us in the past knows how convenient this new feature is.   The site is loaded with bright photos and detailed descriptions, even a ‘reclaimed lumber’ page, designed to give you an idea of what’s going on in our expansive and ever changing lumber yard.  The beginning of May marks the start of a buying trip back East.  It is always an exciting time…

Eterne Architectural Restoration

Michael Tunson, owner of Eterne Architectural Restoration, utilizes salvaged architectural elements and details to remodel structures. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Tunson’s ‘salvage style’ renovations has been featured in Apartment Therapy as well as Oregon Home Magazine. The character of the salvaged pieces that he finds is what makes his projects so rich and unusual.  Since Tunson’s work relies on what salvaged materials he can find, this makes his design process a bit unusual. His work takes him on scavenger hunts in search of just the right detail. These scavenger hunts have lead him to Aurora Mills more than a few times, and we would like to share some of what he has found! A fluid process, Tunson’s design evolves as he scouts out one-of-a…

KEEN’s New, Sustainably Designed, Headquarters

This year we have been fortunate to be included in many sustainable retail projects.  One of the most recent projects has been KEEN Footwear’s new Headquarters and garage retail store, located in the Pearl District of Portland Oregon. Over the past few months we have been working with CDS Inc. and McNinch Construction to source materials to create a unique interior that fit KEEN’s vision of sustainable  building design.  In the design of their new headquarters and retail space KEEN’s goal was to recycle and reuse as much building material as possible. With this sustainable outlook in mind, CDS and McNinch Construction came to us looking for authentic, local, northwest barn siding and other materials to create a unique sustainable interior. Below are some photos…

A Unique ‘Save the Date’

Love, marriage, and a  shoe form? To create one of the most unique ‘save the date’ notifications we’ve ever seen, our friend Ben used several of our vintage shoe forms.   Ben expertly designed the graphics of the notification and then etched the shoe form at multiple depths using a laser cutter.   Best of luck to Ben and Brianna! We can’t wait to see the formal invitations!

Aurora Mills, Pendleton and the Portland International Airport

If you have flown in or out of Portland in the last few weeks you may have visited the new Pendleton store at the airport.  You probably didn’t realize that, while you were perusing the colorful woolen products, you were actually surrounded by Aurora Mills! When Shelley Prael, visual manager for Pendleton Woolen Mills, approached us about sourcing and building salvaged wood furnishings for the project, we were thrilled and honored to have the opportunity.  Aurora Mills provided shelving, benches and clothing racks all made from salvaged lumber, as well as a great number of vintage display pieces for the store. Shelley’s brilliant vision took inspiration from Pendleton’s own industrious history and we are so happy that we got to be a part of bringing…

What’s New at Aurora Mills?

The month of May is always exciting here at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.  The biggest news we have to share is that we have just unpacked a container of new acquisitions to share with our wonderful customers.  Hundreds of unique items are flooding into our store and onto our website, from small pieces of dazzling brass hardware to the largest ship’s wheel we’ve ever seen — 8 feet in diameter! Here is a preview of some of the exciting new objects you can shop and enjoy: (1) The Pop Shop — vintage soda crates :: $22.00 at our Etsy.com shop. (2) Industrial Stool — wood and metal with adjustable height :: $165.00 on our website. (3) Antique Zinc Decorations — in various sizes, shapes and…

Upcycle Your Windows Part 2

It seems that we get at least one phone call or email per day asking if we buy old windows.  Aurora Mills purchases as many windows as we can, but unfortunately so many people are replacing their old windows that we cannot possibly rescue all of them from the landfill.  The sad part is that many of the windows don’t even need to be taken out; they just need some simple retrofits and repairs. By doing those simple repairs homeowners can retain the original character of their homes,   still add energy efficiency, and save money.   The payback in energy savings is, at a minimum, 50 years, but more along the 100 year mark.  Check out this link for more details, but we haven’t seen any…

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