Residents are invited to “upcycle” remnants of Columbia’s history by attending the city’s annual salvage sale.

Last year, the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission hosted its first salvage sale. Hundreds attended the sale to look through rows of antique door frames, windows and kitchen appliances.

In a meeting Tuesday, the commission discussed the possibility of hosting an upcycling workshop the day before the sale. The commission plans to hire a local artist to lead classes in restoration and painting.

Last year’s sale generated $6,000 from selling items such as antique windows, door frames and kitchen appliances.

This past April, the commission recovered several antique relics from the Bull Pen Cafe, a once-thriving restaurant on East Business Loop 70 that was adjacent to a livestock auction barn. The commission plans to make several rows of seats, cattle gates and reclaimed barn wood available to the public next month at the sale.

Historic Preservation Commission Chairwoman Pat Fowler said she’s excited about the collection of radiators this year.

“Radiators just bring me back to my childhood,” Fowler said. “On a cold winter night, I would wrap my feet in a blanket and warm them up over the radiator.”

The commission hopes the workshop and sale will get residents excited about exploring the city’s architectural past. The tentative dates are Nov. 4 and 5.

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