Historic Seattle Home Parts

[photopress:earthwise.jpg,thumb,alignright]If you get a chance, and live in an old historic Seattle home, visit Earthwise Salvage.  It’s located behind AquaQuip on 4th Ave S under the West Seattle (Spokane) Bridge.  I found the store personnel Amy and Diana, have just the right balance of letting you browse and being helpful when you ask questions.

This piece was easily one of the best of store.  Can you imagine the grand old home this one came from?  Double sinks in the master are the norm for master baths today, but not when this one was made.  Would be nice if those who brought them also tagged the piece’s history showing where the piece came from.

Double Sink Antique Fixture

Kim just loved this big old solid core door

My favorite wasn’t for sale.  Amy suggest that MAYBE the owner would part with it for $5,000, but no promises.  Fab for a turned staircase with a window at the landing.

victorian stained glass window

]If you know anyone who lives at 3643, they should clearly grab this one.


Tons of knobs

Whether you are looking for something big or a replacement part, it’s a great place.  Kim said when he lived in his old house in Denny Blaine he was looking for a replacement exterior light, and this place had exactly what he was looking for many years ago.

So for those of you going through what he did, looking to replace one fixture of an old house without changing them all out to new fixtures, Earthwise Salvage is just the place to find it.

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14 thoughts on “Historic Seattle Home Parts

  1. Our old house was a simple house built in the late 40s, early 50s. When we did a remodel it took us forever to agree on light fixtures for the kitchen because the rest of the remodel had been done in a way consistent with the style of the house.

    We ended up going with some old brass fixtures from a place like the one described. They were actually older than the house, but they fit better than anything we could find that was current.

  2. Thanks for the memories, Ardell. I used to have a Lindal cedar home on Thorton Creek in Seattle. I bought a dresser top without the mirror for a fireplace surround and converted an old maple dresser/mirror into a master bathroom sink. It was fun and cheap (not the carpenter though who did the conversion), fun and looked great. Check out Antique Liquidators on Westlake. I’ve been buying there since the 80’s. Same owner. I’ve never known whether you get more resale if you stay completely authentic, or if you mix old and new when doing a restoration. Anyone know?

  3. Eileen,

    I said sometimes I “feel” older than dirt, when in a group of agents who have been licensed 2-3 years, of which there are so many. I can’t BE older than dirt, cause my Mom’s still alive and kicking, and she’d frown at my being older than dirt, as that would make her even older 🙂

  4. Eileen,

    I was thinking I might add some “old” staging things, since the house was built in 1909 and totally remodeled. But once I was there, nothing really seemed to add to the atmosphere as well as the mega dollars spent on new lighting that replicates the older style.

    From a buyer’s perspective, old vs. new doesn’t win out as often in my experience. Neighbors and browsers seem to love old stuff more than actual buyers do.

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