More consumers than ever before want to furnish their homes in sustainable, environmentally-friendly ways, and this often includes using recycled materials.
Organisations like GreenChoices are helping Britons to become educated on “eco living” and salvage retailing has also seen a record amount of business. They provide customers with unique and striking pieces that have been reused or refurbished at a range of price points.
Below are some of the best you will find in the UK.
Yew Tree Barn
This Cumbrian-based business not only has breathtaking ironmongery and reclaimed items, it has an art gallery and restaurant for visitors too.
The people at ARC are perhaps especially well-known for the excellent advice they give on restorations of vintage desks, fixtures, and cast iron baths. If you want to try your hand and get inspired, view a cast iron bath here.
A particularly respected and knowledgeable business that is regularly staffed with history of art graduates, prepare to find a hidden gem here at a slightly higher price point than average.
With a passionate owner and a variety of garden antiques as well as home furniture available, Mongers has rapidly become known to collectors for its wide range of items and the use of local experts for restoration and repairs.
This enormous business is located within a charming repurposed pub, and also features an online catalogue for potential customers to browse. As a result, clientele may be from far and wide, so be prepared to ring well in advance or visit to avoid disappointment. Items can go quickly, and may be one of a kind.
Retrouvius Reclamation and Design
Well known for a discerning collection that favours quality over quantity, this London-based business began in Glasgow. It became instantly popular for its quirky finds and also offers an interior design service. The owners’ backgrounds are in architecture.
This business has made a name for itself not just with its wide selection of both interiors and building materials such as timber, tiles and more, but also for its on-site shop that produces replicas of the industry’s most popular items.
Cox’s Architectural Salvage Yard
One of the nation’s largest salvage yards, Cox’s has the impressive selection that you might expect and also a well-maintained website that is perfect for perusing new arrivals.