Visit to Salvage Dawgs

A day in the Life of…

…a touring work camper

Last week we had some friends come and stay a couple days with us in our motorhome here at Lake Ridge R V resort in Hillsville, Virginia. It was kind of a rainy, dreary day here so we took a couple hours and went to check out Salvage Dawgs at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia


I had never heard of them before, but from what I was told they’ve been on the DIY network for a few seasons now and are very popular.  I went on YouTube and watched a couple of older episodes and it is pretty cool.   I love looking at old, odd stuff and seeing if I can turn it into something else; either useful or fun.

It took us about an hour and a half to get there.  If you want to visit there, the address is 902 13th St., Roanoke, VA.   Their website is   You can get directions from their site as well.

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       We toured their warehouse for a least an hour.  I took a couple pictures of some things I found there, which I’ve posted below. Dave had already made some of the “dish flowers” like the ones in the pictures below.  His came out pretty good too.  There are so many cool things there.  Salvage Dawgs describe themselves as an Architectural Salvage Business and Design Center. They find historic structures that are about to be demolished or renovated and salvage whatever they can from them.  They say there’s nothing too weird to salvage. I’m not so sure of that. We saw some pretty weird things there. We even saw bowling lanes they reclaimed from an old bowling alley.   Somebody somewhere will probably want them for something.   In their store slash warehouse, they display several items that they, along with their team, have repurposed themselves. The staff there also help people design and repurpose their own “treasures” that they find there.


  This is a wall in their warehouse that is covered with old doors.


  A swing made from several things.


Flowers made from glass plates and bowls.                              Note the plane in the background.  I didn’t get a picture of it, but in place of the propeller on the front of the plane was a flower made out of large glass plates and bowls.

If you get a chance and are in the area, check out Black Dawg Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia.


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