Great ReStore News!

April 9, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Just dropped by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on South Second Street in downtown San Jose, and saw a notice that a new store is opening in San Jose on May 31 at 1608 Las Plumas. The site looks to be the old City Corp Yard. That site had lots of open space, so perhaps there will be an outdoor yard for larger building items. The last time I was there was to take a look at the roof trusses of the old YWCA building.  The Julia Morgan designed YWCA was demolished during the early days of Redevelopment in downtown San Jose, but they City had salvaged the trusses and left them at the Las Plumas Corp Yard.

I’ll drop by soon and take some photos to see what’s going on.

Yard Sale makes to news

March 11, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

This Spring’s PACSJ yard sale has now warranted it’s own article in the Mercury News. Twice a year we now see the below collection activity going on at 260 South Thirteenth Street in Naglee Park.


Demolition zone – SJMN 3/6/2014

March 6, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The feature story in the March 6, 2014 Mercury News is all about Silicon Valley housing demolitions. The article, by columnist Pete Carey, chronicles the emerging trend on the San Francisco Peninsula towards scraping and building new single family homes. Not really news, but still getting a lot of reader’s eyeballs, as most homeowners throughout the region dread the day that  their neighbor builds that new “monster house” next door, unless of course that homeowner is hoping to cash in on a quick sale to someone with similar inclinations.

No apparent salvage going on here. Most local cities have some kind of recycling ordinance in place, but most of this stuff is bulking up our landfills.

Twitter’s Log Houses

March 4, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

There is much to be liked about Twitter’s log houses being installed in their San Francisco headquarters on Market Street, reported in the Marin Independent Journal on March 4, 2014. Salvaged by Novato contractor Karl Beckmann and the design put together by Lundberg Design, the two 20′ x 20′ late nineteenth century log cabins from Montana will be an exciting centerpiece of the dining area at the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1930s Art Deco building.

Montana cabin going to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

What caught my attention was this quote near the end of the article:

We’ve used the notion of the forest as a nice tie-in with Twitter and its bird log….to me the log cabins fit into that since, obviously, they’re made from logs that come from the forest. It’s also about using natural materials. There’s something nice about the character of the real wood. Visually there’s a patina of age. It isn’t something fake. It’s real. It’s reclaimed. It’s got some history to it, just as the building has history to it. One of the nice things about reusing old materials is that there is a story that comes with them.


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.