We can’t begin to thank all of the people who helped us create Revival. “People” that watched our kids while we explored the fascinating world of drum sanders, held Open Houses, and went to all-day auctions. “People” that helped do the heavy lifting – literally. (Cast iron sinks and barn timbers, Wonder Bread store counters and refrigerators.) “People” who just flat out showed up to support us.
And maybe we aren’t an overnight success, but we did accomplish a couple pretty important things: reclaimed our home/basement/garage and prevented a great old building from falling into further disrepair.
What started as a search for cheap warehouse space to store our “work in progress” turned into a 4,000 square foot rehab (its own “work in progress”) and becoming the poster child for a town’s struggle to reposition itself. It definitely hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns.
There is still a lot of work to do on 647 Broadway, but we are hoping to get back to more of where this all started. Finding a piece of history and proving it still has a place in our lives today.
Thanks for following our story. I’m sure we’ll have some blog worthy moments to keep you entertained. In the meantime you can help support us simply by sharing our information.
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ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, we buy vintage/antique items. (Seems like a no brainer, but this is actually the second most frequently asked question we get.) If you would like us to walk through your attic, garage, or barn and offer you money for things you don’t want any more feel free to give us a call. Please don’t be offended when we offer you a quarter of what you think its worth. That’s just how this business works. What you lack in green in your pocket, you make up for in more space in your attic and less guilt about why you didn’t finish your project.
No, we are not appraisers. We know enough to be dangerous. We are not experts in art history, Ford’s assembly line production, locomotive travel, advanced woodworking, or Fiestaware. What we can tell you is how much a similar item sold for at auction and what things are worth more on the west coast than the east coast and vice versa. We know what we like and we can comment on trends we have seen from our fellow pickers and flea market vendors.
No, we don’t want your couch from 1992.
No, we cannot manipulate time. Scott and I both maintain full-time, fairly demanding “day jobs”. We have two children that occasionally ask us to feed them and provide a moderate level of attention and affection. We coach our oldest daughter’s travel soccer team. Scott trains for marathons and Iron Mans. I like to read books and watch television (but that’s probably not relevant). One of us gets more sleep than the other. Our friends sometimes think we are avoiding them, but we make it up to them by drinking more than our fair share of their beer when we do see them. I go to a salon for a haircut maybe once a year and use Amazon Prime to avoid Target, major retailers, and persistent road rage. (This answers the first most frequent question of “How do you have time to do this?”)
We will gladly take a look at your piano (or similar monstrosity equivalent to five hippopotamuses), but please note that we will probably turn it into a bar or a desk or a table, because we aren’t really equipped to move hippos without damaging them or ourselves.
One point twenty-one jigawatts.