Best Salvage

City Paper

1415 Bayard St., (410) 685-8047, housewerksalvage.com

There are a couple other decent salvage places in town, but Housewerks just has a little more character than the rest. Located in Pigtown in the nearly 130-year-old Bayard Station building, it has an eclectic collection of architectural elements, furniture, and tons of other tchotchkes to turn your home into a TGI Fridays, if you should so wish. Check out their Facebook page for its weekly game of “What The Heck Is It?” Don’t miss downstairs, where all sorts of knickknacks hide in catacombs where pipelines from the old Chesapeake Gas Works are still visible. Outside, weather-worn metal bits and pieces lie around the yard, including lettering from the large neon signage of various stores—which always make for interesting decor. Housewerks also offer design, modification, fabrication, and installation services; the staff will even rearrange the shop to accommodate your next fancy cocktail party.

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