Archive for: ‘January 2014’

Vintporium’s latest offering

January 30, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Joe Golda regularly posts on his Vintporium Facebook page his latest re-manufactured architectural salvage pieces, available for purchase. The items can also be found in his eBay store and Etsy. Joe, and his business partner Nat Robinson, are long-time Northside  Neighborhood San Jose salvage guys, who turned their hobby into a business a few years ago. Their latest offering is a schoolhouse ceiling lamp:

As they post new items, we’ll be following them here on San Jose Salvage.

Paul and Mary Cribari House to be demolished

January 28, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Been watching the progress on a large housing project on the 900 block of South First Street. There are a bunch of houses to be demolished as well as an old two-story butcher shop. One building is to be relocated around the corner onto Edwards Avenue. The photo below is the house at 987 South First St. As of late January 2014, it had been sacrificed for a fire training exercise, and appears ready for demolition. Don’t know if it was advertised for relocation to the general public.

Cribari House

The house was a quite handsome Neoclassical Bungalow designed by local architect George W. Page and built by developers Joseph and Regina Basile in 1908. Of interest is that the long-time owners were Paul and Mary Cribari, who lived in this house for about 45 years.  Paul was of the famous California wine-making family, sometimes called the House of Cribari. He immigrated from Cosenza, Italy as a teenager with his parents. His uncles on his mother’s side would eventually establish the Bisceglia Brothers Cannery on South First Street near Alma and then go on to start a large winery operation in Fresno. His Cribari uncles established what was at one time the largest winery in the world.  They took over Evergreen’s Wehner Winery before also moving to Fresno. While Paul Cribari was not known to be directly involved in these two enterprises, he ultimately took over his uncle’s wood and fuel business in San Jose. Paul’s sister Clara founded Casa de Fruta, which still attracts visitors traveling over Pacheco Pass.

Cribari House detail

Camila’s Hauling and Recycling

January 27, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Not exactly a fixed part of a building, but today I moved an old Xerox 5334 copier to the realm of Craigslist free ads. Two calls within the hour, and the most responsive was Joe, of Camila’s Hauling & Recycling.

Joe was very customer friendly, and asked if I had any car batteries. I gave him five.

Nice truck, big trailer. Looking primarily to haul away metal for recycling it seems.

I would of called Green Mouse Recycling, a great electronics recycling depot at 529 Race Street near Parkmoor Avenue. I’ve taken lots of stuff there, but would of had to arrange for a pickup as I couldn’t get this thing into the SUV. I’ll write a bit about Green Mouse at a later date. Green Mouse Recycling is an important local recycling company that provides training and job opportunities to at-risk young adults.

Camilas Hauling


ReStore Silicon Valley

January 27, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Silicon Valley opened over a year ago at 1008 South Second Street in downtown San Jose.

In their own words:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

ReStore Silicon Valley

I drop by about once a week to see if they have any new items of interest. Their stock is primarily new stuff, donated from construction projects or manufacturers. Parking is available from both South Second and South Third Streets. They are open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5.

Window salvage find

January 27, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Last week a homeowner in Willow Glen wanted to recycle some windows pulled from a remodeling going on along Carolyn Avenue. It was posted both on and on Willow Glen’s eList, aka Willow Glen Backfence. I succeeded in getting three wood double-pane double-hung windows, with upper multi-lite panes. The owner said the response had been good from the posting, although of course I moved quickly – so was able to bring these home. The price was right at under $30 each. The ReStore recently had some in at under $100 – which I missed getting.

False start rectified

January 24, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

After a false start on an old web hosting server at GoDaddy, San Jose Salvage is now moving forward with this first post at its new home at server 69. Everything up to now has been lost, but items of interest will be re-posted in the next few days.