Archive for: ‘February 2014’

History San Jose Yardsale

February 28, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The Yard Sale in the Park is set for April 27. Anyone can register, but you must register by April 1st. Register with Juanita at for $20 per booth, or free for HSJ Members.History San Jose Yard Sale

Capitola Freight & Salvage

February 25, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

I was in Santa Cruz researching today and trek’d over to Capitola Freight & Salvage. It’ s been quite a few years since I was last there, and happily it is just as filled with salvage stuff as I remember it in the 70s or 80s. Really now the only available salvage yard in our area. I’ll have to make it back in the near future to get a better sense of what they have, and maybe buy something.

Capitola Freight & Salvage

Capitola Freight & Salvage: 1575 38th Ave., Capitola; 831-465-6990,


Old Doors Windows Arches

February 21, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

As noted before, Craigslist items have limited online life. This one from Livermore is intriguing however. As stated in the post:

“I have some doors, wood, arches, trim. Somewhere around 50 doors. They are from the late 1800’s to newer. Price range from $20.00 to $75.00 depends on what door. I have a couple of old windows $10.00 each. I have 10 arches left they need some work $100.00 each Tons of barn wood and trim/moldings. I am located in Livermore.”

I wonder where these arches came from?


My Salvaged Treasures

February 21, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

I found this blogspot weblog called My Salvaged Treasures by a woman named Betsy in Tracy. She is keeping this very up-to-date, and has lots of ideas about the use of salvaged objects.

Strata Design Studio

February 20, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Architect associate John Tabuena-Frolli AIA has recently expanded his proprietorship and can now be reached via his website:

John has been a “building salvage guy” for a long time; his interest stems from his expertise as a building conservator. We will include him in our list of sources. He has worked on a number of whole house relocations, and is a member of the board of the California-Nevada Barn Alliance.

So what about Yerdle?

February 18, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

I’ve been studying the website trying to make a decision if I’m going to let them link to my facbook or google+ account in order to signup. Yerdle is an interesting take on giving away your stuff. There have been a lot of these sites that have come and gone, with “free stuff” being the one that’s persevered. The problem with Craigslist is dealing with the flaky people who respond to your ads. You also have to be on your toes if you want to get anything free, which is probably typical of both Craigslist and Yerdle. I’ll do the Yerdle signup soon and see if this works well down in the South Bay area.

Whatever happened to Sanger Sales?

February 16, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

In the mid-1970s, I became infatuated with a salvage yard called Sanger Sales. I believe it was located to the north of Story Road on Felipe Avenue just west of Highway 101. I remember after the interchange was built, you could see it down below, a large rambling site filled with treasurers. It seems to have been there from about the early 1970s to about 1990 or so. During that time, there were a number of salvage yards in San Jose, including Anderson’s and an indoor place on the north side of West Julian Street at about North San Pedro Street. The indoor place had mainly wood related products. The Anderson’s site is still there on North Montgomery Street filled with stuff. Wonder what’s going on there.

Anderson's today

Anderson’s today – Google Street View

The non-profit places such as Salvation ArmySt. Vincent DePaul’s, and Goodwill also used to have salvage yards – or what were then called boneyards. My favorite was the St. Vincent DePaul’s located on Coleman Avenue north of West Taylor Street. They moved to South Seventh Street later and had a large indoor selection of furniture as well as cars (I bought my 1987 Alfa Romeo there). Their last location was on Story Road, and by then they were ratcheting it down to household items. They all abandoned the salvage market, maybe due to insurance reasons. The Salvation Army and Goodwill sadly now sell mainly household goods.

160 East St. John Street demolition

February 14, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Demolition of 160 East St. John Street as of Friday, February 14, 2014.

Next PACSJ yard sale

February 14, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

March 13-15 has been set for the date of the next PACSJ yard sale. These are held on South 13th Street, and have a plethora of often interesting salvage items as well as other brickbat at reasonable prices.  From their website:

Preservation Action Council, is hosting its Spring community clear out. Please consider donating your unneeded items to us. This is a garage and salvage sale so there will 4 house-yards full of intriguing and mundane items that need to find new homes. All items are priced so it is easy to shop. Checks accepted! Cash is better! We can provide donation receipts if alerted in advance that you need one and what is being donated. Start sorting through closets, the attic and the basement for the unloved, the unwanted, the still boxed gift from Aunt Molly. We will accept almost anything that can be resold. Must be in working order. Please wait until Valentine’s Day to deliver to my house: 260 South 13th Street. Local pick ups may be scheduled.

160 N 4th

February 13, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The 2012 fire damaged house at 160 N 4th Street is presently being recovered, sort of. The underlying frame of the house is circa 1870s, and was likely remodeled in the early part of the twentieth century to “craftsmanize” it, although it still retains its historic character. The fire was at the back, and it had been used as a duplex with a rear cottage. The permit approval includes demo of the rear cottage and replacement of the rear. Of interest, is that the permit also indicates all the windows to be removed (likely to be replaced by vinyl), and that the siding will be replaced (likely by stucco). Although subject to discretionary review as it is multi-family, apparently the historic character of the being was not considered as a part of the planning process….

The house is to the left. 152  N 4th to the right is a nice 1880s Queen Anne.

The house is to the left. 152 N 4th to the right is a nice 1880s Queen Anne.