Went to a cool architectural salvage place.
-A bronze entry surround from the old Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Wish I had a picture, it would be a pretty epic thing to build into a new house for the not totally ridiculous price of something like $12k (for something that is essentially a museum piece)
I did take a few bad pictures (of things I would have considered buying for the most part):
Pair of overman chairs. Reasonable price, good shape, and I could see one in my living room, but they had recently been recovered in a pretty unattractive yellow fabric. Sorry, it was pretty dim in there so my phone struggled with color accuracy.
A corner full of old door hardware. I've always wished my apartment had the original doors (so that I could strip off years of paint and restore some beautiful hardware)...but I guess I could just go and retrofit it all if I were crazy.
Liked this sofa, and the upholstery seemed pretty nice. Too long for me though
The place hosts events. There was a wedding later and they were getting set up. looks like they just pull out as many tables and chairs from storage as they need...lot of pretty utilitarian pieces, but there were a few nice dining sets in there.
The Dominick's grocery chain recently went out of business...on one floor, they had the big outdoor light-up lettering:
Lot of nice stuff that I didn't capture. Right now they have a bunch of nice, solid, drafting tables from the Art Institute's school. They had a few different versions of Douglas's faux-Poang chair (which was quite comfortable), and a row of Eames airport seating with walnut end tables attached. Bunch of thonet bentwood chairs and a few upholstered plywood. Also had a bunch of architectural bits...molding, columns, industrial lighting, etc. Two great condition porcelain/cast iron drainboard sinks.
Really looked like a great wedding venue (if only I were getting married). The ceremony area had seating set out on vintage reclaimed church pews, the dining area is pictured above, and the reception area was using all of these great old bars, seating was a bunch of vintage sofas/lounge chairs. Everything was still for sale too which was kind of entertaining (really like that chair you sat at during dinner? it can be yours!)