Salvage cat is out of the bag

From the NYT:

Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor

When Jonathan and Barbara Pessolano began renovating an 1850s three-family house on Staten Island earlier this year, they didn’t intend to make it a model of recycling. But a search for a deal on a Miele dishwasher led them in an unexpected direction.

After admiring a high-end dishwasher at a Manhattan appliance store, and being shocked by the price tag of about $1,300, Mr. Pessolano turned to the Internet in search of savings. He soon stumbled upon the website of Green Demolitions, a store in Fairfield, N.J., that sells used luxury kitchens and other fixtures collected by the nonprofit donation program Renovation Angel.

Browsing the store’s inventory online, Mr. Pessolano, a hospital administrator, and Ms. Pessolano, a teacher, saw complete kitchens, including cabinets, countertops and appliances, priced for a fraction of what they would cost new.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Mr. Pessolano said. “We thought, ‘Really, you buy the whole kitchen?’ It seemed impossible, or incongruous.”

But after visiting the store, they bought an enormous used kitchen from a house in Upper Saddle River, N.J., this past April for $11,100. Green Demolitions estimated the kitchen would have set them back about $60,000 new.

“The appliances alone would have cost a fortune,” said Mr. Pessolano, noting that the kitchen came with two Miele dishwashers, a 42-inch-wide GE Monogram refrigerator, a six-burner Viking range top, two Viking wall ovens and a Viking warming drawer. It also included seven lengths of granite countertop, under-cabinet lighting and more cabinets than they know what to do with. (Some leftovers may wind up in the laundry room.) “It was an unbelievable deal,” he said.

Inspired, they searched for more recycled building components, and soon discovered other stores with a similar mission to capture and divert construction materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill. At the Paterson Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Wayne, N.J., they came across two new surplus windows for $100 apiece. “It cost me more to rent the U-Haul than to buy the windows,” Mr. Pessolano said proudly.

Construction is ongoing, but Mr. Pessolano said that using so much salvage is allowing them to do far more than they expected with their renovation budget of $100,000. “It has enabled us to achieve a certain look and style that we would not have normally been able to afford,” he said.

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36 Responses to Salvage cat is out of the bag

  1. chi says:

    FRIST.

  2. chi says:

    Blame the Polacks for industrial pollution

  3. chi says:

    How about buying a used crapper? Or is the term “reclaimed”? How about a reclaimed crapper?

  4. grim says:

    Would never salvage two things: a crapper (you can get a nice one cheap), or an old jacuzzi (for obvious reasons).

  5. Mike says:

    NOT A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR THESE A&P WORKERS

    WARN Notice – August 2015
    COMPANY CITY EFFECTIVE
    DATE WORKFORCE
    AFFECTED

    Kmart Corporation Vineland 10/04/2015 74

    Lundbeck Research USA, Inc. Paramus 10/19/2015 68

    Post Foods Parsippany 09/30/2015 48

    Saint Michael’s Medical Center Newark 10/09/2015 1445

    Super Fresh Food Markets-Ocean City Ocean City 11/26/2015 171

    Super Fresh-Manahawkin Manahawkin 11/26/2015 75

    TSuper Fresh Food Markets-Wildwood Wildwood 11/26/2015 138

    Textiles from Europe, Inc. d/b/a Victoria Classics Edison 09/21/2015 14

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co- A&P-Allendale Allendale 11/26/2015 104

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Basking Ridge Basking Ridge 11/26/2015 66

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Belvidere Belvidere 11/26/2015 64

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Blairstown Blairstown 11/26/2015 102

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Bloomfield Bloomfield 11/26/2015 46

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Boonton Township Boonton Township 11/26/2015 99

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Bricktown Bricktown 11/26/2015 80

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Califon Califon 11/26/2015 55

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Clark Clark 11/26/2015 125

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Clinton Clinton 11/26/2015 54

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Closter Closter 11/26/2015 92

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Denville Denville 11/26/2015 111

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Edison Edison 11/26/2015 72

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Fairview Fairview 11/26/2015 100

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Fanwood Fanwood 11/26/2015 72

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Fort Lee Fort Lee 11/26/2015 145

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Hackettstown Hackettstown 11/26/2015 6

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Haskell Haskell 11/26/2015 7

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Hewitt Hewitt 11/26/2015 85

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Hoboken Hoboken 11/26/2015 104

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Jersey City Jersey City 11/26/2015 103

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Kenilworth Kenilworth 11/26/2015 157

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Ledgewood Ledgewood 11/26/2015 13

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Little Silver Little Silver 11/26/2015 62

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Mahwah Mahwah 11/26/2015 138

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Marlboro Marlboro 11/26/2015 64

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Metuchen Metuchen 11/26/2015 13

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Midland Park Midland Park 11/26/2015 162

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Milltown North Brunswick 11/26/2015 103

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Montclair Montclair 11/26/2015 76

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Mt Olive Mt Olive 11/26/2015 88

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Navesink Navesink 11/26/2015 38

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-New Providence New Providence 11/26/2015 102

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Oak Ridge Oak Ridge 11/26/2015 98

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Old Bridge Old Bridge 11/26/2015 116

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Old Tappan Old Tappan 11/26/2015 76

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Ortley Beach Ortley Beach 11/26/2015 164

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Park Ridge Park Ridge 11/26/2015 88

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Point Pleasant Beach Point Pleasant Beach 11/26/2015 13

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Pompton Lakes Pompton Lakes 11/26/2015 100

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Randolph Randolph 11/26/2015 87

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Saddle Brook Saddle Brook 11/26/2015 97

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-South Plainfield South Plainfield 11/26/2015 117

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Summit Summit 11/26/2015 10

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Sussex Sussex 11/26/2015 107

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Tinton Falls Tinton Falls 11/26/2015 76

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Township of Washington Township of Washington 11/26/2015 81

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Vernon Vernon 11/26/2015 122

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Wall Township Wall Township 11/26/2015 135

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Warren Warren 11/26/2015 82

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Washington Washington 11/26/2015 58

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Wayne Wayne 11/26/2015 81

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-West New York West New York 11/26/2015 87

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Westwood Westwood 11/26/2015 12

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Woodcliff Lake Woodcliff Lake 11/26/2015 176

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – A&P-Woodland Park Woodland Park 11/26/2015 128

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Belleville Belleville 11/26/2015 73

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Fairview Fairview 11/26/2015 82

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Glen Rock Glen Rock 11/26/2015 67

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-North Bergen North Bergen 11/26/2015 96

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Passaic Passaic 11/26/2015 63

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Paterson Paterson 11/26/2015 81

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Food Basics-Paterson Paterson 11/26/2015 101

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Avenel Avenel 11/26/2015 86

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Bergenfield Bergenfield 11/26/2015 132

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Bricktown Bricktown 11/26/2015 101

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Edgewater Edgewater 11/26/2015 160

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Elmwood Park Elmwood Park 11/26/2015 121

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Fairlawn Fairlawn 11/26/2015 101

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Garwood Garwood 11/26/2015 98

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Hackensack Hackensack 11/26/2015 86

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Hazlet Hazlet 11/26/2015 82

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Hopelawn Hopelawn 11/26/2015 82

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Irvington Irvington 11/26/2015 145

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Jersey City Jersey City 11/26/2015 99

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Jersey City Jersey City 11/26/2015 155

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Kinnelon Kinnelon 11/26/2015 108

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Lake Hopatcong Lake Hopatcong 11/26/2015 86

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Ramsey Ramsey 11/26/2015 87

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-South Orange South Orange 11/26/2015 119

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Ventnor Ventnor 11/26/2015 125

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. – Pathmark-Weehawken Weehawken 11/26/2015 124

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Elizabeth Elizabeth 11/26/2015 76

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Garwood Garwood 11/26/2015 98

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Landing Landing 11/26/2015 79

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Middlesex Middlesex 11/26/2015 82

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Montclair Montclair 11/26/2015 106

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Newark Newark 11/26/2015 128

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Palisades Park Palisades Park 11/26/2015 8

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -Pathmark-Parsippany Parsippany 11/26/2015 84

    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.-Pathmark-Newark Newark 11/26/2015 124

  6. NJT says:

    Wife of a good friend of mine works at the Belvidere A&P (it’s not really in Belvidere). Lot goin’ on re: who’s buying what and where the long time union employees will go.

    *’A’ contract people are like Mafia Dons.

  7. leftwing says:

    MSM Faceplant of the day, compliments of CBS Morning Saturday:
    Some Bronx kids won’t be starting school on time since workers at their HS decided to test a gas line for a leak by using an open flame. Walls and windows blown out, neighborhood rocked.

    Ouch on the A&P. Lotta people. Too bad the A&P Fresh by me is a store I used to frequent but the shelves have literally started going bare two months ago or so.

  8. grim says:

    6 – I knew a guy that was a consultant who helped small companies get their products into big retailers like these. He said the NJ supermarket buyers were the most corrupt anywhere in the US. Routinely required under the table payments, kickbacks, large quantities of free product, etc etc. Knew a couple of small food distributors that said mostly the same.

  9. Ben says:

    Funny story about A&P. I had a friend that worked in their offices and created his own job. He identified millions of dollars in accounting errors and would get A&P a refund from the companies they sold for. They never ever even game him a raise. His boss probably did. Anyway, his boss just let him keep doing his thing. At one point, he gets a job offer and his boss freaks out saying “you have to show me what you do”. So he was doing so but a half hour later, upper management got word and barged in and escorted him out of the building. This was like 8 years ago. My friend was basically saving them 4 million a year. That’s 32 million down the drain because they wanted to be spiteful.

    Another funny story. They had some girl who they paid like 120k to set prices on sale. She priced the GE light bulbs wrong and he asked her about it. She said they were having a “big sale”. They were priced so low that they were losing money on them. Well, the store shelves got sold out in like 4 hours flat. They ended up losing something like 800k right away. Instead of firing her, they were like, “don’t worry, we’ll just move money in from the slush account to cover it”.

    I knew the company was doomed from his stories.

  10. NJT says:

    #8

    Lobster and steamers tonight. Yum.

    – Gotta get while the gettin’s good.

    Back to cutting the lawn…(son and friends are working on a local farm).

  11. joyce says:

    Professor,
    If you can find examples of me calling others here names (besides you and the Idiot), please do. The reason you’re both off the reservation and deserve to be derided is because whenever someone corrects your inane comments, you NEVER respond on point.

    “”” You miss the point I have continually made in here. I would be all for the conservative “small Government” if industry and others could show they could police themselves and not require intervention. But they can’t, and at that point the Gvmt has to step in to try and represent the rights of the people. “””

    No, you miss the point. NO ONE IS CALLING FOR SELF REGULATION. They are calling for market regulation (some are and some are paying lip service). And as I said, the only ones calling for self regulation of their activities are govt entities (such police departments). So, take your incorrect misleading garbage and shove it.

    “”” No [the EPA] was actually created by Nixon. It’s surprising, in that, it is probably the best thing he ever did in his presidency. “””

    Nice one, so with this comment you’re implying that special interests do NOT influence legislation. Care to revise your statement, sir?

    “”” As for “acceptable levels of _____.” How about Zero! How much Mercury should DuPont be allowed to dump in a lake. “””

    Thanks for doing your best to disagree with me and failing. How about zero IS MY POINT. Next time try to read and comprehend. Where is ottoman and his anyone with a brain comment?

    Fabius Maximus says:
    August 22, 2015 at 12:10 am
    #118 Joyce

    “I’ll once again repeat that FabMax is the dumbest regular here”
    Please elaborate, I would be interested to know how you came up with that. Is it just your usual ad hominem( can I trademark that in here as an “Eddie Ray”) attack, or do you have something to back it up. Please post the evidence.
    1) No one, other than police departments and other govt agencies, has ever argued for self regulation.
    You miss the point I have continually made in here. I would be all for the conservative “small Government” if industry and others could show they could police themselves and not require intervention. But they can’t, and at that point the Gvmt has to step in to try and represent the rights of the people.
    “the EPA is one of many agencies created by Big Business” ,
    No it was actually created by Nixon. It’s surprising, in that, it is probably the best thing he ever did in his presidency. As for “acceptable levels of _____.” How about Zero! How much Mercury should DuPont be allowed to dump in a lake.
    Can they follow the Scouts guidelines ?
    “Carry In and Carry Out” and LEAVE NO TRACE!

  12. NJT says:

    ‘Tricky Dick’ should have been actor. His ‘deadpan’ would have beat Leslie Nielsens’.

    *TSI – a relative gave him the ‘little Benny’ send off before closing the coffin. I can only imagine what those a thousand years from now make of the Graffiti.

    Yup, he lived in NJ late in life.

    On another note I got to shake his hand (grammar school, Morris County, second grade).

    Whatever, he was better than Obama.

  13. Comrade Nom Deplume in Paradise says:

    [11]

    Rory Martin shouldn’t confuse my ridiculing of his hypocritical, tax cheating as as a tactic to compensate for a lack of argument: I’m just lazy. In fact, I’m really too lazy to ridicule him properly. And I’m on vacation. So this will have to do.

  14. NJT says:

    RE: ‘Supermarkets’. Shop Rite was the worst/best. Worked there PT at night for a few years in the Deli. If I worked there now (forget it, not the same)…I’d weigh 300 LBS. with a large percentage being the bulk in my wallet…. and I was on the ‘B’ contract.

  15. POS cape says:

    9 A&P:

    A&P has a policy that if you get mischarged on an item, you get it for free. It must be rocket science for A&P to get the price on the rack to match the price at checkout as I get free stuff like once a month. I’ve never had it happen at, say, Shop Rite. Most recently I got a $17 Father’s Table cheesecake gratis. I’m going to miss them.

  16. Marilyn says:

    #11 ouch , oh no, I’m the other idiot~~~ HAHA!! Joyce, I think your funny!

  17. Marilyn says:

    Moving week, stressed out, read all the reviews on how terrible moving companies are, so IM UPACKING. This has been a life altering experience and I have not even left yet. You cant believe all the crap you gather thru out the years. Its totally overwhelming. Trailer comes Monday, packers come Tuesday. Im ready for divorce. I thought him retiring was bad enough, but coupled with moving to another State and you really see the worst in your spouse.

  18. Juice Box says:

    re # 17 – Make sure your valuables are locked away in your own car and don’t take them out until the movers are gone. Many movers are ex-cons and are looking for a score like a diamond ring. How do I know this? Happened to us. Thankfully I have a separate policy for my wife’s jewelry, which reminds me we should reevaluate that policy again to make sure we are fully covered.

  19. leftwing says:

    Second JB’s comment. Had a few high end bottles of wine pinched, they weren’t even moving them, just had access to area. Idiots took the most obvious – handful of magnums I had. Confronted them after everything unloaded before final signoff. Bit of a standoff, head guy leaned on his people hard. There was a compartment near the drivers side door. Bottles in there. Along with a nice baccarat decanter.

  20. Juice Box says:

    Cannot find a deal on lobster tails. Anyone have a recommendation?

  21. Juice Box says:

    Biden might run?

  22. Alex Bevan says:

    20

    Wait a couple of weeks and go to Point Lobster.

    Usually small whole lobsters are about $3 / lb in September.

  23. Libturd at home says:

    Lobster tails? You have to know a distributor or restaurant depot.

  24. Juice Box says:

    I am planning and end of summer party, labor day weekend, going to need allot of lobster, anyone try one of those mail/online order from Maine services?

  25. Ben says:

    Juice Box,

    the best place to go is Point Lobster company in point pleasant. They ship them in from Maine every day. They have fresh lobster from Jersey as well. I always stop by there and steam a few. Far better quality than I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Their other seafood is the freshest at a great price as well.

  26. joyce says:

    Marilyn,

    ALWAYS take a moving opportunity to get rid of 95% of the junk we all accumulate.

  27. Juice Box says:

    Thanks for the Point reccomendation. I’ll give them a try.

  28. Libturd at home says:

    Also great seafood can be had at Barnegat on LBI in Viking Village. But you’ll pay through the nose for it. It’s all caught that morning and you must get there by about 11am if you want to see everything they have since they sell out pretty soon after lunch.

  29. Ben says:

    At Point Lobster, they also have some amazing shrimp and if they have it caught fresh, the flounder is too die for. I always considered flounder a boring fish until I bought some fresh there.

  30. NJCoast says:

    Lusty Lobster in the Highlands for lobster. You’re better off buying the whole lobster and using the rest of the body for lobster salad, bisque, etc. When buying just the tails they are frozen. For a perfect accompaniment stop at Sickels in Little Silver to pick up freshly made mozzarella by Junior, don’t refrigerate it and serve it still warm the same day with sliced Jersey tomatoes, fresh basil, a drizzle of good olive oil, salt and pepper. Graham Nash and his crew scarfed down over 5lbs of it tonight.

  31. Noted tax evader Gluteus back here, working the tired old meme that we need the omnipresent hand of our intelligent, benevolent gubmint protecting us from all manner of unpleasant outcomes.

    Piss off, wanker.

  32. Spent tonight with my Canadian relatives. They’re a great reminder to me of how soci@lism works in real life. As in, it doesn’t.

    Seems like about half the time, they actually enjoy wallowing in Third World shit. The other half of the time, they’re working some sort of barter angle or under-the-table cash grift in order to access healthcare that’s barely a notch above their own miserable system’s.

  33. Funny how they’re card-carrying soci@lists who simultaneously brag on their healthcare system while also bragging that they access all kinds of doctors who’ll accept cash-under-the-table payment in order to render immediate treatment.

    They actually cannot see how this kind of attitude ends up hurting the kinds of folks who can only dream of this kind of access to healthcare.

  34. Marilyn says:

    Thanks Juice and all. Yeah, the moving horror stories were really bad! I read everything from stuff being held hostage until thousands of dollars paid more than estimate, to broken stuff, to stolen stuff to actual mafia tactics. So Im doing it myself. However I have all valuables in car and that’s a good idea.

  35. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    [34] Marilyn – We’ve moved about 8 times from 1991-2002, and none since. IIRC, Move #3 was with a moving company and that was our only time. Never again.

  36. Marilyn says:

    34, 8 times your a pro! Where are you now? Where did you like the best?

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