The sale of the library reference card file cabinets is complete. But PACA now has a large inventory of grade school furniture for sale, three kinds of bricks that in the past were used for cities' sidewalk beautification programs and the inventory of glass lamp shades just keeps growing.
The sale of the library reference card file cabinets is complete. The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County contacted more than 300 people on its waiting list, and about 40 people who were at the end of the list will not get a call as the cabinets are sold out.
If you were one of the lucky ones who got a cabinet but did not buy a top, PACA has some tops still available. Armstrong Lumber in Urbana made bases and drawers for those who were missing or had broken drawers. The tops and bottoms are $30 each, and the drawers are $12 each. Armstrong has samples of all three.
PACA now has a large inventory of grade school furniture for sale: chairs, desks and tables, all at scaled-down sizes, and some regular-sized tables with more to come.
The association also is getting three kinds of bricks that in the past were used for cities' sidewalk beautification programs. These are being sold for 50 cents apiece.
The inventory of glass lamp shades just keeps growing. The number of salvaged items increases during the spring and summer months when the demolition of buildings or remodeling is occurring.
Sandra Mason's column  a week ago mentioned opportunities for purchasing rain barrels for $55 each.
The PACA warehouse has had 50-gallon plastic barrels for sale for quite some time at $20 each. At one time, the barrels held vegetable oils. Check out both sites for barrels.
Doors remain the best sellers at PACA, and old windows have grown in popularity of late.
PACA is now open every day except Sunday and Monday on an experimental basis to see if it is worthwhile. So come by and check out the warehouse at 44 E. Washington St., C.
Last Sunday was the first Third Sunday Market of the year at the Interstate Center (Fairgrounds) in Bloomington.
The parking lots were filled at both ends, and we parked farther away than we ever had before.
It seemed like there were more dealers than ever before. We bought a hi-boy, a cabinet and lots of hardware. It was a little warm but a great day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.