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What’s Going on at The Mill?

For most of us, this year has felt like some crazy science fiction movie; quite frankly, we DO NOT like the part where the movie is actually real life. But we had big plans for 2020 and we were not about to walk away from them, even in the wake of some really unprecedented stuff. We have really missed the day to day of life at the Mill. Chatting with customers about their projects, sourcing fun decor for our friends at restaurants and bars (and then going to visit those restaurants and bars…), and the collaborative spirit of our staff working together and making fun of each other. Oh yeah, and those of us with kids really REALLY miss sending them off to school where…

What’s pong?

Here at the Mill, we are pretty metal. Heavy metal. Mainly because we have a lot of old heavy metal things around the shop. We probably aren’t the only folks who’ve experienced the smell of your hands after touching something metallic. This also brings us back to the title of this post. Pong. We also know that folks on the other side of the ocean in places like Britain and Australia have ways of saying things that Americans find quirky – no doubt vice versa in those places. The word “pong” is used to describe a something stinky, like if you were to say “Phew, Grandma’s breath has a real pong and her mustache scratches me when she kisses my cheek.” That said, some folks…

The one weird thing you don’t know about Brass and Copper.

Here at the Mill, we have a real penchant for things made of brass and copper. It helps that most of the antique hardware we sell is made of brass and of course, we’ve got some really nifty copper things too. For thousands of years people have known that copper, and its alloys like brass, have a unqiue and special property inherent in their molecular structure. An Egyptian medical text, dating to the 3rd century B.C. cites the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. The immunity of French copper workers to the cholera epidemic pf 1832 caused a renewed medical interest in the use of copper for antmicrobal purposes. Copper and its alloys posess the ability to kill bacteria, yeast, and…

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!

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