The Ironwork is History

Since we changed the location of both the back and front entrances to house, we took down the ironwork that was holding up the small roofs over the stoops.

The roof over the front stoop used to be held up with arabesque ironwork.
The roof over the front stoop used to be held up with arabesque ironwork.

This ironwork may or may not have been original to the house but it was there when I purchased The Glade in 1997. (The house was built in 1946 and the ironwork may have been added in the 1960s.)

The former kitchen entrance also had a stoop held up by ironwork.
The former kitchen entrance also had a stoop held up by ironwork.

Charlie dismantled the porches as he was our main demolition guy. (I wanted him to do the deconstruct rather than the contractor so there would be more care and less destruction.  I’m sure it was the right thing to do.)

The ironwork was listed at $100 just to keep scam callers from calling. (Free things almost anybody will take.)
The ironwork was listed at $100 just to keep scam callers from calling. (Free things almost anybody will take.)

From time to time I have listed the ironwork from the porches on Craigslist hoping someone would want it.

When Charlie removed the kitchen porch roof the ironwork was no longer necessary.
When Charlie removed the kitchen porch roof the ironwork was no longer necessary.

Our purpose was not so much to make money but to have these large, awkward, heavy pieces hauled away.

We've been using some iron railing removed from the back porch (which has since become the conservatory) as an entrance to the potager.
We’ve been using some iron railing removed from the back porch (which has since become the conservatory) as an entrance to the potager.

Fast forward to yesterday a man came for the scrolly supports for a garden he’s constructing for his wife. He was delighted that it is the heavy old style iron instead of look-alike aluminum.

We've been "storing" the ironwork under the trees just beyond the vegetable garden since 2013. It's usually covered by tall grass.
We’ve been “storing” the ironwork under the trees just beyond the vegetable garden back by the lawn chairs since 2013. It’s usually covered by tall grass.

We ended up letting him have the ironwork for $25.  He’s happy; we’re happy.

What’s your experience with Craigslist?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “The Ironwork is History”

  1. Is Craigslist like Ebay? We have a great site growing at the moment called Streetlife, basically a forum to link you with your local community, I’ve been using it a lot recently to ‘rehome’ things we no longer need but want yo see put to good use.

    1. Not exactly like Ebay — it’s all local. You can buy and sell or giveaway stuff. Craigslist is available around the world but apparently not in England. Streetlife sounds a lot like Craigslist. Jo

      1. I wonder why we don’t have it, strange! I’d have been delighted to have taken that ironwork off your hands, it was lovely… But better it goes somewhere to be utilised than decay away.

  2. I’ve done great buying and selling things on Craigslist. Got a few great bargains (Colonial style furniture I bought for my mom is practically free on there and I love my back bedroom windows) but I also got conned into paying retail for my bathroom tile and had to expand my budget to buy more. I liked all the people who came over to buy things also, even though my surplus doors didn’t sell.

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