Junk in the Trunk

A couple of weeks ago, Young House Love reader (and former Richmonder) Jennifer W. tipped us off to a great local source for junk – er, architectural salvage. She described Caravati’s as a paradise for old windows, doors and other historic home goodies. With our curiosity sufficiently piqued, we paid Caravati’s a visit as soon as we got the chance.

Caravatis Architectural Salvage Richmond

Their huge warehouse is in a quiet, industrial part of town- you could miss it if it weren’t for the crowd of cars outside. And the inside is just as crowded… with rows and rows of any and every type of architectural detail: fireplaces, mantles, doors, archways, stained glass inserts, toilets, windows, railings, columns, metal grates, etc.

And we’re not talking shiny, new IKEA style stuff. This “junk” looks as old as it probably is, which means it has Character with a capital C. Chipped paint, broken glass, rusted parts. Sherry summed it up as “authentic shabby chic”. Overall, really cool and really inspirational.

Here’s a sampling of the architectural eye-candy we saw:

Caravtis Old Windows

Chipped Paint Peeling Paint Shutter Caravatis

Sinks of Every Color Caravatis

Caravatis Doorknob Backplates

We hoped to walk out with an old window that we could turn into a four-photo picture frame (by taping pics behind the glass of a four-paned window), but we didn’t find the right size this time. Even though we left with a junkless trunk, we still have some window DIY to share courtesy of our new friend Jennifer W.

Here’s a kitchen pot rack she made with an old window she snagged at Caravati’s. Clever, eh?

Caravatis Old Window Pot Rack

And for all you non-Richmonders, Caravati’s runs an eBay store so you can get your hands on some incredible architectural salvage too. Happy hunting.


  1. says

    so glad yall got a chance to swing by caravati’s. i warned you it might be overwhelming. :-)

    my husband and i will actually be coming into town this weekend and hope to make a trip out there for a little scavenger hunt.

    i’m having fun keeping up with your blog, keep up the good work.

  2. julie says

    there’s a similar type store in dc called the brass knob and their back doors wharehouse. I finished my basement and was able to find doors that match the rest of the 2 panel doors in my house there.

  3. Chrissy says

    Being a Richmond resident, I had to check this place out. I visited today and found a wagon wheel and bought it to make a pot rack!!!! i cant wait to see how it works out!!!

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