By KRISTIN FARLEY 6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You have the power to create your own "Made in Tennessee" item.
The concept is simple: buy something from the Knox Heritage Salvage Room and incorporate it in your own home.
The salvage room at Knox Heritage off North Broadway is right next the WATE studios. It is open every Thursday afternoon and by appointment.
Inside, you will find a treasure trove of ideas. Each piece inside the salvage room has a history or a story.
Whether you're looking for a specific grain on an old wooden door, authentic glass door knobs, hard-to-find hardware or reclaimed flooring, it's all here at bargain prices.
6 News stopped by to talk to Beth Meadows who runs the program.
"A lot of people come in and want to know exactly where it came from, " she told us. "A lot of times it helps me to sell something if it impacts someone in a certain way."
Meadows explained that everything is donated, then resold. The item gets new life and at the same time so do efforts to help preserve other parts of local history.
"The money we raise through this program goes back to Knox Heritage, which advocates for historic preservation in East Tennessee," Meadows said.
The day we stopped by, Meadows was more than happy to share one of their biggest, recent donations - nearly 20 Tiffany-style lamp shades made from authentic leaded glass.
"They were in the L&N station when the Ruby Tuesdays was in there in the 80's," she said.
Meadows said ideally they would love to see the items made into essential parts of another Tennessee home, but if you are not remodeling, keep your mind open about other crafty ideas.
"Windows and doors are a big thing," Meadows explained. "A lot of people make headboards out of them."
The salvage room is having a rare Saturday sale March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some items as much as 50% off.