Pieces of buildings and furniture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are getting a new life in Montgomery, Ala. Rescued Relics, has over 6,000 items for sale to support a nearby historic neighborhood.
The shop is a non-profit and relies on donated goods and volunteers to stay open. Carole King, the manager of Rescued Relics and curator of the Landmarks Foundation, which manages nearby Old Alabama Town in partnership with the city government, says this type of preservation is the ultimate recycling.
“We’ve got lots of items from structures that have been demolished or being demolished,” King told Fox News. “That’s always sad for us but we like to recycle the pieces, so that the life of the building actually goes on.”
The shop is filled with pre-1960’s items like old style bathtubs, bathroom sinks, light fixtures, windows, doors and more. There are even old sewing machines, handmade seesaws and gas wall heaters. King notes the doors are some of the shop’s most popular items. Many customers convert them into tables or even headboards for beds.