Drums perfect for rain barrels available at PACA Warehouse

Drums perfect for rain barrels available at PACA Warehouse

Fifty-gallon plastic drums or barrels, whichever you prefer to call them, are available for $20 each at the PACA Warehouse at the corner of Walnut and Washington streets in downtown Champaign.

These are clean, as most were full of vegetable oils or jalapenos, and work great for rain barrels.

Just a few short weeks ago, PACA did not have a glass doorknob in the warehouse. Now, there is an abundance of glass and other styles of knobs. Also available are lots of bookshelves, both wood and cast iron, all from the main library at the University of Illinois. They are not being stored at the warehouse.

Also available are a half-dozen wooden beams that are 12 feet long and 1 foot square. They are probably about 150 years old. These were salvaged from the former Railway Express building just north of the old train station in downtown Champaign. The building will be the new home of the Black Dog Smoke & Ale House following a major refurbishing.

At an off-site location for PACA, pavers (4 inches wide by 9 inches long) are available for sale. They weigh 9 pounds each. There are approximately 60,000 for sale at 50 cents each.

Volunteers are needed to put the pavers on pallets in seven staggered layers (50 pavers stacked one way on layers one, three, five and seven and 48 pavers stacked the opposite way on layers two, four and six).

Two people working at a good pace can do a pallet in a little over one hour. At 83 years old, I can do one stacked pallet in under three hours by myself.

PACA is giving area residents first crack at the pavers. What's left will go to an out-of-town buyer. We just need to get them on pallets. Come on and give us a hand. I will personally show you how to stack the pallets. After that, you can do the work when it's convenient for you.

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be mailed to 807 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, or emailed to aacanabs@gmail.com.

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