Friday, March 11, 2011

Road Trip: Aurora Architectural Mills

On a sunny day in February we ventured south of Portland to explore Aurora Architectural Mills. A massive, ramshackle storehouse packed from floor to rafter (and a second floor) with wonderful salvaged house parts, wood, plumbing, fixtures, claw foot bathtubs, stained glass windows, brass and copper widgets galore, furniture, oddities and much, much more.

Their display style is a combo of super-size junk store (read: maximizing every inch) and jumbly-fun vignettes. Just think how many old homes, church buildings, barns and businesses have been dismantled to assemble all of this quality vintage goodness.

The amount of eye candy is overwhelming in such a good, good way. The walls are covered, the ceilings are strung with antique lighting (all for sale), floor space is at a premium. Bins, baskets, wood crates and cupboards overflow with textures. Those brass headboards became secret garden gates in my mind...

My apologies for the slight blur in my photos--forgot my real camera and had to make do with my 3MP cell phone.

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