Visit PACA before you start your next project
If you have driven by the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County's warehouse on the corner of Walnut and Washington streets in downtown Champaign, you have probably seen the light-gray four-wheel carts in the side yard.
They stand 4 feet high, 3 feet wide and 6 feet long and are open at the top and one end. Gifted to PACA by the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the carts were used in the building to collect waste baskets on each floor and then take to the loading dock for the garbage man.
I believe Merchandise Mart gave PACA 24 carts; eight remain on sale at $100 each. So if you need a collection cart, these might fit that need.
PACA also is loaded with wood trim and doors. Volunteers recently salvaged window and door trim, baseboards and lots of what I think is cherry wood. All of this, along with 18 solid walnut doors, came from a house on South Galen Drive that has been demolished.
The PACA warehouse is now open every day except Sunday and Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 to 7 on Wednesday and 9 to noon Saturday.
Check out the claw-foot tubs, shutters, radiators, ceiling light fixtures, small or low tables for young people as well as schoolhouse globes, doorknobs, fireplace mantles, headers, old windows, tin ceiling pieces and parts and pieces from numerous salvage projects.
Other important news
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise recently met with volunteers from PACA and other university officers in what was a promising event in PACA's effort to have better salvage relations with the UI. We are still waiting for official word on the end result, but the volunteers left that meeting on a positive note.
PACA is as always looking for more volunteers, who are still the association's greatest asset.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing email@example.com.