Friday, April 6, 2012
Biggest Baddest Junk Shop Anywhere? Urban Ore In Berkeley California Might Just Be It! Status: Mind Boggling.
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven...nope, I flied and gone to Cali! Yeah, unfortunately we flew to San Fran / Oakland, which I think was the Girlfriends secret plan to keep me from dragging too much stuff (any actually ::sob::) home with me. It KILLED me to leave this seriously cool console stereo behind but I didn't think it would fit in the overhead.
I'm sure everybody knows how hard it was to drag me away (kicking and screaming like a 4
year old in a toy store) from this amazing piece. This would have been a true keeper. How
crazy unusual is it to find a console stereo with drop leaf sides, a slick tambour front door and
articulated (they swing out) / removable speakers? There were some minor finish issues on the
top but the rest was in excellent condition. I would have been stupid happy to pay the $125 to
take this home. It would have likely been the ONLY thing I would have been able to bring
home though. Still would have been happy!
The place is just huge. I could have spend HOURS digging through everything. Believe me...
what you are seeing here is just a small snapshot of all that is available here. There's tons
(literally) of used building materials available too. This is like such a cool place if you are an
artist dealing in found materials or a set designer for the stage...or if you're a bit of a picker,
Even though I tried to plow through quickly and shoot what I could, the Girlfriend still got
bored and pulled out her Nook to read. Thankfully there was plenty of comfy chairs in all shapes
and styles available for "testing".
The joint has plenty of "plug and play" items as well as project material at any and all stages of
completion. The hanging light fixtures broke my heart a little. The stove has all it's knobs in case
you were wondering. That black mic stand would make a killer "industrial" inspired lamp project.
The pink hairdrier could also become a reading lamp. Wouldn't that cut steel plate make a neat
Look at all those hanging globe lights and that one smoked plexi fixture right in the middle of
them! Nice. The yellow vinyl Kem Weber style streamline industrial modern chairs were actually
a little pricey...at least to my midwest sensibilities. $125 each...what do you think? Most
everything else I priced seemed very reasonable.
There is even a lot of vintage building and "retro renovation" materials out in the lot. Of course it's
not ALL vintage or old. There's lots of stuff there just to replace a screen door or light fixture in
your hallway. But that's not what I was all gawking at, especially with only so much time to spend.
If you get out to the San Fransisco / Berkeley California way you should take a couple hours to
visit Urban Ore and grab yourself up some crazy project material or an amazing vintage light fixture
for your pad. When you do, send me some pics! I wanna live vicariously though you!