Field trip to 70k square feet of deconstruction and creativity

  • Advertise with us
Project by RipSawRon posted 06-18-2008 06:09 PM 3190 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend my wife and I booked a weekend get away in historic Galena IL, close to there is Dubuque Ia. where we discovered a warehouse of deconstructed homes, you name it they got it, stair cases, door, windows, trim, tin tiles, lamps, church items, sinks, tubs etc.

It was a fun place to look around and a good source for any rehab or construction project, the staff there was helpful and fun to talk with about the items for sale.

Located in the same building (a huge old factory) are the headquarters of Resa James Homes, she is designing and importing one of a kind furniture made from exotic woods that are hand carved, there is an interesting story with every piece of art and furniture she sells and is happy to talk about it.

If you ever get in the tri-state area check it out. Nice people to do business with.

8 comments so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4184 days

#1 posted 06-18-2008 06:41 PM

Wow, what a treasure trove!

Now tell your wife to please not set her coffee cup down on the antiques. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 3954 days

#2 posted 06-18-2008 06:51 PM

I wish I had that in my backyard!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View ChrisBabayco's profile


67 posts in 3893 days

#3 posted 06-18-2008 08:30 PM

For those of you in the greater San Francisco area you might check out Urban Ore in Berkeley who do a similar thing and a good place to find various hardware, as well as bathtubs, toilets, old doors and pretty much anything else.

View ratchet's profile


1391 posts in 3752 days

#4 posted 06-18-2008 09:59 PM

Man thats a treasure torve of possibility. Is that YOUR hottie???

View RipSawRon's profile


21 posts in 3631 days

#5 posted 06-19-2008 04:08 AM

Hi guys, just to let ya know the nice lady in the photo is the owner of Resa James Co. and ahe is not my wife, she is however super to talk to about the items that she sells there is a story behind every one of them. My wife just told me to go out to the shop and build her a rolling pin…hmmmm I wonder why RATCHET…..

Take care, thanks for checking out my poast.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3638 days

#6 posted 08-04-2009 10:14 PM

This going to be fun.

View 489tad's profile


3352 posts in 2977 days

#7 posted 03-22-2011 03:27 PM

I was rolling the dice and came across your post on the restoration warehouse. We are doing some remodeling and those newell posts in the picture got me thinking of a little weekend get away. I’ll have to check if they are still in operation. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

View RipSawRon's profile


21 posts in 3631 days

#8 posted 03-22-2011 04:38 PM

Hi 489Tad, if you head up there consider staying at the Captain Merry B & B, that is where we spent the weekend, it was worth every penny spent, give the B & B a call they will have info on the where house.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics