Location Ohmega Salvage actually has two stores. Fortunately, they are right across the street from each other, so you can visit both in one easy trip.
2400-2407 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
What You’ll Find
If you have been to Urban Ore, you may have some sense for what you will find at Ohmega Salvage. The difference is that Urban Ore has items for every price range, meaning they tend to be in disarray and of varying quality. Ohmega Salvage, on the other hand, tends to have higher-quality items in better condition. This means you’ll do less digging through piles of items in search of just the right one. Depending on your mood and your shopping style, this may or may not be a good thing. You’re more likely to find what you want in usable condition, but some of the fun of the treasure hunt is lost.
You’ll find lots of architectural elements for your home such as stained glass windows, gates, doors, and other items that can actually go into the construction of your house.
You’ll also find plenty of pieces that don’t require you to renovate your house. Ohmega Salvage tends to have quite a bit of furniture, for example. You will also find smaller items to reuse creatively, such as vintage cabinet pulls, clocks, dishes, and other small pieces to bring a bit of unique flavor and flair into your home.
Both of the stores have two sections: outdoor and indoor. The outdoor section tends to have most of the larger pieces, while the indoor section has smaller or more delicate items. In one of the two stores, the indoor section is almost like a museum of things for sale, with many incredible pieces that it’s hard to resist bringing home regardless of the price.
As you might expect, the prices at Ohmega Salvage are higher than those that you might find at similar stores such as Urban Ore. This largely reflects the quality and the condition of the items, which tend to be significantly better here. It also reflects the somewhat less cluttered nature of the store, as you won’t need to do as much digging through various piles to find a piece in acceptable condition.
On the other hand, the prices for some items can be almost absurdly expensive. If you are looking for a bargain, it’s worth coming here to have a look, but don’t expect to find what you’re looking for in an inexpensive price range. The good news is that the pricing is inconsistent enough that you may well find a good deal. However, check the price tag on an item before you allow yourself to get too attached to it, as some piece can run into the thousands, or even to $10,000 or above.
To make things worse, some items don’t have price tags at all. This means that the price is entirely at the whim of whoever you happen to ask. You may end up getting a great deal out of this, or you may end up having an employee quote you an absurdly high price.