Monday, March 4, 2013

Knox Rail Salvage

As a DIYer you have to have your basics like Home Depot and Lowe’s and a good paint store.  But if you’ve got a salvage warehouse/yard in your area you will want to to take note – there are some amazing deals to be had and a chance to give something a second chance before it ends up in a landfill.

Today’s post I’m sharing the Knox Rail Salvage, a huge warehouse that is in the heart of Knoxville, TN.  With Spring coming (not to mention my parents coming down to visit in April) I am definitely in the mood to talk DIY!  Here’s their own description, courtesy of their website:

“Knox Rail Salvage, est.1980, is a home improvement discount store with two locations in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.  We deliver savings by purchasing 1st quality overstock items, 1st quality imported products and manufacturer seconds across a wide range of product categories.”

If you are in Asheville/Atlanta/Lexington/Nashville/etc. it could totally be worth the drive if you find something amazing.  Let’s get started, I’d love to show you around! (pic heavy, don’t forget to grab a cuppa and enjoy)

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Here’s the view from outside.  They have a great loading zone to help make it easier to shove your newly found treasures into your vehicle.

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View from inside right by the loading docks.  They offer load docking services and even delivery services.

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When you’re first in there are several options for laminate, hardwood, and ceramic tile in a range of price points.

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Decorative backsplash tiles and larger floor ceramic tiles

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Huge rolls of laminate and smaller rolls of wallpaper and borders

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The paint graveyard – if you have a small area that needs paint or are not afraid to mix some cans together to get a larger quantity you will not want to miss this.  Paint in all types – latex, oil, acrylics, stains and more.

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Even a section dedicated to spray paint – $1.49 a can!

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Still on the first floor, lots of shelves dedicated to household chemicals and miscellaneous cleaning supplies.

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Heading upstairs.  Doors after doors after doors again in a range of prices.  The photo on the right gives an idea of the variety and sheer number they have.  They also have a great selection of windows too.

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They have tons of cabinetry, vanities, sinks, lighting and even some art.  And while we’re still upstairs, this reminds me – try to go in the off season, aka NOT summer.  This is an industrial building and it is hot as hades up here and there’s not a whole lot they can do about it.  If you must go in summer go first thing in the morning so you don’t sweat your shorts off.

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Need some fixtures?  they have those too.

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Everybody loves a pallet, here’s some for your viewing pleasure.  And a final view of the building from the street (you can actually see it from the expressway I-40)

Here’s some more basic info you may need if you’re planning a visit:

Knox Rail Salvage*
200 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865.524.8000
Fax: 865.524.8022
Map & Directions

Old City Location
400 E. Jackson Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865.524.8242
Fax: 865.521.3944
Map & Directions


Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am - Noon
Sunday: Closed

*This is the main location where these photos are from


I hope you enjoyed the tour, it’s a fun place and has lots to offer. If you’re in the area you should look it up!