romantical rendezvous + rescued relics

Okay. Raise your hands.

Anyone else out there ever find it a bit of a challenge to stay connected with their significant other?

After nearly ten years of marriage with three kids, two jobs, and about a million other things in between, Jamin and I can start to feel less like the hopelessly romantical, carefree lovebirds who fell for each other in college, and more like tag teaming roomies. It’s scary easy to fall into those structured patterns of folding the laundry + bedtime routines. So, in honor of all things romantical, we’ve started with the practical: rendezvous in the form of child free lunches once a week. I know. We’re crazy wild like that.

I’m here to tell you, oh so proudly, that last Thursday, things took an unexpected turn. What started as an amicable lunch, morphed into a  super steamy hawt date when we spied something on the side of the road and immediately pulled over.

Why yes, that is a warehouse full of amazingly beautiful architectural finds and treasures. A trove of rescued pieces, and relics. Smack dab in the middle of historically rich downtown Montgomery, Alabama. And aptly named, Rescued Relics. Forgive my not so mad photog skillz, as I wasn’t expecting an adventure. But with my trusty iphone, I pressed onward. ;}

As best described from their website:

While restoring and maintaining the 50 historic structures nestled at Old Alabama Town—an authentic 19th century village located in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama’s historic downtown—the Landmarks Foundation has initiated an innovative recycling project to complement its preservation efforts.

Since taking on its first historic restoration project for the City of Montgomery in 1967, Landmarks has come across many interior and exterior later-added components that must be removed to accomplish an authentic restoration. Not wanting to pollute the public landfill with perfectly good items, Landmarks established Rescued Relics—a not-for-profit salvage warehouse offering many historic architectural elements and materials from a variety of building styles and time periods.

Rescued Relics is ideal for those working on home renovation projects around central Alabama. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, the capital city of Montgomery is rich with historic homes and communities reflecting important eras of American history. Rescued Relics allows local homeowners to purchase fixtures and hardware native to their homes—while also offering those with more modern houses a unique and inexpensive home supply store.

The inventory at Rescued Relics includes—but is definitely not limited to—sinks, doors, light fixtures, mantels, window sashes, balustrades and many other fun items that ignite the creativity of home renovators.

Rescued Relics is conveniently located in historic downtown Montgomery at 423 Madison Avenue, near Interstates 85 and 65. Parking is plentiful. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to assist in organizing the revolving inventory and establishing regular business hours. For more information, please call 334-240-4512.

Isn’t that great?! They’ve been there about two years now, and I can’t believe we just now stumbled upon them! The best part? Not only are they nonprofit, and working to make a difference, but their prices are phenomenal. That large mantel with mirror in the photos above? 350. Just to give you an idea on that price range thing for the b word. {budgets.}

And this guy…

A gigantic antique shipping crate…was aaaallllll mine for 50 dollars. I can’t wait to show you what we’re doing with him!

If you happen to live locally, be sure to stop by and pay these wonderful people a visit! Don’t you love it when you stumble across the unexpected? The best moments are exactly that, sometimes.

Even in marriage. ;}

Happy inspired monday, everyone!


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21 Responses to romantical rendezvous + rescued relics

  1. Katie says:

    Oh Wow. You hit the jackpot. Makes me wish I lived in Alabama. Maybe I can find something similar here in Ohio.

  2. Mandy says:

    I had a similar experience about a year ago when I discovered ReCONN in New Britain, Connecticut and Urban Miners in New Haven. Both of these stores take in the old, antique items that I die for, and sell them for a fair price. Urban Miners is a for-profit business (which sometimes shows in their prices) but I picked up 3 apple crates for $15 last week. Thanks for offering Pottery Barn, but I’ll be keeping my money! ReCONN is a non-profit that donates 100% of their income to Habitat for Humanity. You have to love these places, especially if you are restoring an older home!

  3. Melissa says:

    This is the hottest date EVER! I must have that cabinet with the glass doors!!! Any idea on price?

  4. Hey Melissa! I was just thinking I was sad I didn’t look. All their prices were doable. Cash or check! ;)

  5. Ellen says:

    Thanks for the eye candy. Wish I was closer. Have a great day.

  6. Sandy says:

    I just emailed my husband I thought I never would!

    “Wanna move to Alabama?”

    Thanks for the post! That store looks amazing!

  7. That’s super awesome!

    And, on another note, I was bumbling through Craigslist last night and found a set of four lockers for $20! I wasn’t exactly sure where my hubs and I would put them, but for that price… I really couldn’t say no! Before I pitched the idea to him, I totally looked up all your posts about lockers, and with your inspiration photos he was on board in a couple minutes. So, right before kick off we loaded up some lockers in our truck! Thank you!

    I’ll shoot you an email with some photos after they got unloaded and moved into their new home:)! Thanks, again!

  8. Rebekah says:

    Look forward to seeing what you do with that awesome storage piece. Like many other readers it makes me want to move too…haven’t found anything like that yet in Indiana.
    Found my own piece to makeover last week at Goodwill…hope it turns out as good as the picture I have in my head. But it sure will be fun to continue to make my house into a home. Thanks for another eye-candy filled post!

  9. Brittanie says:

    Oh wow, I love shops like this! It seems there are so few of them, and hard to find. Lucky it’s close to you so you can go whenever. The closest place like this to me is about an hour away, and they just closed their doors. :((
    This is great though. And yay for dates, they’re important!

  10. Megan Brooke says:

    Umm I want to buy everything they have! Why don’t I live in Montgomery?!

  11. Melissa says:

    Ashley, if you go back there please let me know the price of that glass front cabinet. I work in bham and cant make it during the week.

  12. Gloribell says:

    Hi! I love this place! Next week my family and I are going on a road trip from FL to Alabama. I’ll be stopping by this place for sure. Are there any other places near that might carry things like Rescued Relics so I can schedule it on our trip?
    Thanks!

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  14. Mary Hibbs says:

    I just found this-can’t wait to visit this story of goodies.

  15. Diane Beck says:

    Can’t wait to visit your warehouse!!

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