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Workspace: Eco Relics finds the re-purposing in life for salvaged materials

  • Ann and Michael Murphy opened Eco Relics in March and stocked the 50,000-square-warehouse with reclaimed construction materials and salvaged wood and interior features from homes and estates. Their purpose is to make the stock available for recycling and reuse.

  • Eco Relics operates at 106 Stockton St. in a former railroad freight depot built in 1927. It is a few miles west of Downtown.

  • Old windows are popular sellers. So are doors. Eco Relics stocks windows, doors, wood and other items harvested from old buildings.

  • Mantels sell quickly. They’re salvaged from estate sales, deconstructions and redecorations.

  • An Eco Relics employee makes lamps from recycled items. This is a repurposed corn grinder.

  • A customer bought this 1940’s era stove to use in her apartment.

  • One of two prison sink-and-toilets Eco Relics had for sale. A woman bought the other for her son’s attic bedroom. Eco Relics also has a prison shower enclosure.

  • The bowl of colorful croquet balls is another example of the range of items at Eco Relics. It also has a croquet set with mallets.

  • Eco Relics recently sold its red phone booth.

  • Popular for man caves, Eco Relics carries old hub caps and license plates.

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

From Lawrence Welk and Liberace albums to lumber to handmade lamps, Michael and Ann Murphy stock and sell it at Eco Relics, an architectural salvage business they opened in March not far from Downtown.

There’s reclaimed structural wood. Old windows and doors. Building supplies. Bottles. Church pews. Toilets. Lighting. Flooring. Sewing patterns. Old license plates. And a lot more. Outdoors on the 1.5-acre site are bricks, fencing, pavers and other weather-friendly items.

“We get some gems sometimes,” Ann Murphy says. Among the more unusual are an elevator from a Ponte Vedra estate and a circular staircase.

They acquire the stock from estate sales, home deconstructions, metal recyclers, contractors and construction projects with leftover supplies, online and people with stuff to sell. Staff makes lamps and tables with repurposed supplies. They focus on selling at discount prices.

They maintain a website, EcoRelics.com, and a Facebook page, which update the latest finds. The Murphys also set up this year at the One Spark crowdfunding festival, introducing them to new customers and sources.

Customers include interior decorators, do-it-yourselfers, contractors, restorers, wedding planners and people just taking a look. Some travel from as far as Savannah, Tallahassee, Orlando and Tampa.

Ann Murphy says quick sellers are “antique cabinets or funky, vintage stuff,” even “rusty old iron beds.”

“Nothing surprises me anymore,” Michael Murphy says.

The Murphys bought the 50,000-square-foot former railroad freight depot at 106 Stockton St. for the business, which is open daily. They employ 21 people, including staff to sell items on eBay.

“You never know what you are going to find here,” says Ann Murphy.



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