Where Does It All Come From?
Not a day passes at Southern Accents that someone doesn't walk through our showroom door and ask where we find all of our inventory or how do we find the structures that we salvage. That is somewhat of a difficult question to answer being that there is no one answer that covers all the places. Walking through our showroom, each piece has it's own story of where it came from and how it found its way to us.
Southern Accents has been in existence since 1969. We are the oldest and largest architectural salvage business in Alabama. Throughout the past 46 years our business has continued to grow and expand, reaching customers throughout the nation. The past several years we have actively marketed exactly what we do which is to rescue, restore, protect and document architectural elements of historical significance. Because of our increasing presence in the salvage industry, we are often approached by property owners when they have an antique structure that needs to be rescued. As there becomes a greater awareness of how salvaged architectural elements can be reused or repurposed, more property owners realize the importance of rescuing material from structures that need to be taken down and will contact us.
At times, we will hear of an old house or building that is scheduled for demolition and we will reach out to the property owner to state our interest in salvaging the structure before it is demolished. We also plan several "picking" trips each year. Over the years we have established relationships with collectors throughout the country who are familiar with the specific type of architectural items that we restore. We contact them ahead of time and plan a buying trip. We are always looking for new resources and quite often will make pit stops during a buying trip to check out inventory from potential new sources.
Many of the items that we have, specifically a lot of the small antiques, come to us by way of our customers! We get calls and e-mails weekly from our customers who are cleaning or renovating a structure and have items that they can't bear to throw away. We love the fact that Southern Accents is becoming synonymous with the word salvage. We hope to be the first thought everyone thinks when they have architectural salvage that they need to part with.
If you have architectural elements that you think we may be interested in, send a picture of your items, detailed information, any known history, and dimensions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific items that we may be interested in are antique clawfoot tubs, farmhouse sinks, solid wood doors, mantels, corbels, decorative trim, fretwork, newel posts, and wrought iron as well as salvaged barn wood and beams. All emailed submissions will be reviewed and we will contact you if interested.
May 22, 2015, Vol. 153
A visit to our Wood Showroom, located at 250 Janeway Drive in Cullman, Alabama is well worth the trip. Open to the public Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the showroom and warehouse are filled with salvaged wood and trim. Our inventory, which changes weekly, includes salvaged barnwood, reclaimed lumber, trim, beadboard, circular sawn and hand hewn timbers. You'll find a variety of wood species in naturally distressed and aged paint finishes. The wood can be used as is or can be planed to reveal a clean face finish. The timbers are available in a natural or oiled finish with a rough or sanded face and can be cut to any desired length.
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