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Salvage and reclamation yards can be the perfect place to unearth some antique treasures at a fraction of the bought-as-new price.

Salvage yards house the building materials and contents from old houses and other buildings, and the range of items that fans of period property may come across include the following: fireplaces, tiles, stained glass, bricks, garden statues, lighting, furniture, radiators and doors.

Homeowners can find a list of salvage yards at, and a total of 150 businesses, mainly in the UK, have signed up to Salvo’s voluntary code, which aims to give buyers greater confidence that the items they purchase haven’t been stolen or removed from protected historic buildings without permission.

Buyers are also covered by normal consumer protection laws when snapping up items at salvage or reclamation yards.

What to look out for

Salvage yards are jam packed with architectural gems just waiting to be discovered, and provided you are prepared to be patient and dig deep - wearing clothes suitable for hours of rifling is recommended – you could strike gold.

Keeping your eyes peeled at all times and will help to ensure that you don’t overlook items that could have pride of place in your period or modern home. This could be anything from old signs and church pews, great for your dining area, to the re-use of original pieces such as mirrors that have been created from sash window parts.

Police Auctions

Reclamation and salvage yards are not the only places where you can find cut-price antiques for sale. Bumblebee Auctions dispose of property that the UK police have seized, has been handed in or in situations where the owner cannot be located. Items are sold on a bidding system and categories include antiques, carpets, rugs, furniture, sculpture, metalwork, statues and architecture.

If you are restoring a period property, a London sash window company could help with many aspects of your sash window restoration.

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