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Pages from the Gunnison Country Times Homes Edition 2012

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  • by Toni M. Todd

    Waste not, want not. They dont make things

    like they used to. One womans trash is another womans treasure.

    Whichever clich you prefer, they all ring true for Delaney Keating and Joe Bob Merritt, founders of Salvage and Such.

    Im somebody who likes finding and collecting. I thought Id start storing some of these things and selling them, said Keating. A similar idea had occurred to my good friend, Joe Bob. When I mentioned it to him, he said, Lets just do it here.

    Here is Merritts property on the 400 block of South Main Street in Gunnison, a 17-lot parcel that includes the rustic brick Blue Thunder Circle Art Lab. Two rusty railroad cars and a large teepee make the place hard to miss.

    Plumbing fixtures, doors, tiles, sinks, tubs, windows, re-claimed wood, fence posts, bricks, furniture and more these are the stock and trade for Salvage and Such.

    We dont buy materials. We dont have the budget for that, said Keating. Much of the inventory comes from de-molitions, contractors and builders.

    Theres a lot of talk in communities all over about sustain-ability, said Merritt. Im not so sure the aim should be to sustain anything. Im interested in, What can we salvage? What is there to save and what is worth saving?

    Merritt disagrees with the notion that Americans have be-come too materialistic.

    People arent materialistic enough, he said. They dont see matter as alive. They see it as dead. ... Salvage and Such is a business that remembers matter. Its like a little orphanage for all the children of a forgotten mother.

    Besides raw wares at the salvage yard, a great place to see these remembered materials is The Downtown Woodshop at 222 N. Main St. Desks, cabinets and tables by local furniture maker Jeff Michakek, Merritt and others are tagged with the artists name and a list of all source materials.

    There are tables there with legs made from pieces of the La Veta Hotel banister, said Keating.

    It should be a material world

    Matter matters at Salvage and Such

    Delaney Keating and Joe Bob Merritt at Salvage and Such.

    32 HOMES INSIDE & OUT | SPRING 2012

  • If inspired creativity and giving new life to what was once discarded seems a noble enterprise, so too is the added benefit of keeping as much stuff as possible out of the local landfill.

    Salvage and Such collects raw ma-terials and markets them. For Blue Thunder artists and artisans, materi-als are provided free. Proceeds from the sale of what they create via the retail efforts of The Downtown Wood-shop go back to Blue Thunder, to Salvage and Such, and to the artists themselves. A small portion also goes to Habitat for Humanity.

    We want to work with organizations throughout the valley, Keating said. One connection were looking into is with Mountain Roots. We have materi-als for making cold boxes. Wed also like to partner with Six Points. Theyll get in a pedestal sink, for example, and they dont sell stuff like that.

    The general approach to pricing for items sold at the yard is 50 percent below what you would pay for them at Home Depot, though that formula is somewhat fluid. We do have lots of neat doors, said Keating. Make an offer.

    During the summer, Salvage and Such holds a sale one Saturday each month. Their weblog can be found at www.Salvageandsuch.com, and Keat-ing invites everyone to follow them on Facebook. Well quickly post new items there, she said.

    Keatings approach to the business and faith in its potential are pragmatic, while Merritts are more philosophical. When youre pulled by a vision, he said, things tend to unfold.

    FOUNDATIONS FLATWORK RETAINING WALLS BRIDGES

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    Cody Dyce PO Box 7025 Gunnison, CO 81230

    cell 970-275-2852home 970-641-0416

    email codyce@mac.com

    Appliances, Lawn & Garden, Exercise Equipment & More1000 N. Main St. #3970-641-2255

    Locally Owned and Operated!

    HOMES INSIDE & OUT | SPRING 2012 33

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