On Saturday, Lori and I braved the rain to check out Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley. Like Urban Ore, they mostly sell reclaimed architectural elements like doors, window, sinks, tubs, and even furniture. According to their blog, they recently received a shipment of antiques from France.

The rain and cold wind urged us to walk briskly through, but I did notice that Ohmega has a very large inventory of glass shades. I was pleased to find a whole rack of them marked "free".

Below, some not-so-free shades.

Located across the street from Ohmega Salvage is Ohmega Too where they carry lighting and home decor. However, the weather discouraged us from walking any further, and we decided to head back to Urban Ore (in a warm car!) where a majority of their inventory is indoors.

At retail stores the inventory changes seasonally, or worse, annually (like most furniture stores). The fun thing about shopping at secondhand and reclaimed good stores is that the inventory is always fresh.

I bought two of the cane chairs pictured below. They were true show-stoppers. The cane was in excellent condition on 3 of the 4 chairs, and the workmanship was masterful--even down to the brass feet. They were a steal at only $18 each.

The art at Urban Ore always gives one pause, mostly because the art is barely worthy of even the MOBA (Museum of Bad Art). However, on Saturday Lori and I paused for two interesting pieces that gave Lori a design inspiration. "I would love to do a whole wall with interesting portraits--each one different. Wouldn't that be cool?"

The one below was haunting; I couldn't take my eyes off of it. At a price hovering around $50, I wished I had a wall to hang it on.

The one below was around $60. Aren't these two, too wonderful to be hanging in an eco-park store?

Ohmega Salvage
2407 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA
According to their website, they are open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5, and on Sundays from 11 to 5.

Urban Ore
900 Murray Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
According to their website, their hours are: Monday to Saturday, 8:30 to 7, and Sundays 10 to 7.