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Thankful

For the second time in the past three years, Southern Accentshas received the “Best of Bama Award” from Alabama Magazine for the best antique store in the state! We are both humbled and honored and would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the readers of Alabama magazine, as well as, our loyal customers for casting a vote in our favor. We do not take these awards lightly. To receive this type of recognition propels us to push ourselves to new heights. We are passionate about the business of architectural salvage. Reclaiming a part of history and preserving it for the future is a daily goal for us. We delight in customers who walk through our showroom and share our excitement and passion for the antique and vintage relics that fills our space. We love assisting customers in selecting the right architectural items for their project, while helping them design custom, one-of-a-kind pieces for their home, business or event. Being able to show up for work each day and do something that you love is a dream for many, but it is a reality for our team of talented creatives.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Alabama Magazine is a favorite of the SA Team. You can pick up the latest edition on newsstands now, which contains the complete list of 2016 Best of Bama Award winners. We have several complimentary copies available at our showroom while supplies last!

Visit our showroom and warehouses Tuesday – Friday from 9am till 5pm and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Our showroom is closed Sunday & Monday. You can visit us online 24/7 at SA1969.com. Follow our social media accounts to keep up with all the latest happenings with the SA Team!


Where Does It All Come From?

Not a day passes at Southern Accents that someone doesn’t walk through our showroom door and ask where we find all of our inventory or how do we find the structures that we salvage. That is somewhat of a difficult question to answer being that there is no one answer that covers all the places. Walking through our showroom, each piece has it’s own story of where it came from and how it found its way to us.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents has been in existence since 1969. We are the oldest and largest architectural salvage business in Alabama. Throughout the past 46 years our business has continued to grow and expand, reaching customers throughout the nation. The past several years we have actively marketed exactly what we do which is to rescue, restore, protect and document architectural elements of historical significance. Because of our increasing presence in the salvage industry, we are often approached by property owners when they have an antique structure that needs to be rescued. As there becomes a greater awareness of how salvaged architectural elements can be reused or repurposed, more property owners realize the importance of rescuing material from structures that need to be taken down and will contact us.

At times, we will hear of an old house or building that is scheduled for demolition and we will reach out to the property owner to state our interest in salvaging the structure before it is demolished. We also plan several “picking” trips each year. Over the years we have established relationships with collectors throughout the country who are familiar with the specific type of architectural items that we restore. We contact them ahead of time and plan a buying trip. We are always looking for new resources and quite often will make pit stops during a buying trip to check out inventory from potential new sources.

One of our most recent salvage projects, an 1894 house in South Carolina

One of our most recent salvage projects, an 1894 house in South Carolina

Many of the items that we have, specifically a lot of the small antiques, come to us by way of our customers! We get calls and e-mails weekly from our customers who are cleaning or renovating a structure and have items that they can’t bear to throw away. We love the fact that Southern Accents is becoming synonymous with the word salvage. We hope to be the first thought everyone thinks when they have architectural salvage that they need to part with.

Visit our showroom and you will find a selection of small antique items and salvaged art created by local artists from salvaged goods.

Visit our showroom and you will find a selection of small antique items and salvaged art created by local artists from salvaged goods.

If you have architectural elements that you think we may be interested in, send a picture of your items, detailed information, any known history, and dimensions to info@sa1969.com. Specific items that we may be interested in are antique clawfoot tubs, farmhouse sinks, solid wood doors, mantels, corbels, decorative trim, fretwork, newel posts, and wrought iron as well as salvaged barn wood and beams. All emailed submissions will be reviewed and we will contact you if interested.


Meet Ben & Makenzie

If you have visited Southern Accents showroom in the past few months, you have likely been greeted at the front door by Ben or Makenzie. Hang around the two of them together for very long and you would think they were siblings. Well, they sort of are… Ben is married to Makenzie’s twin sister, Lindzie! Ben joined our sales team this past September. His exuberant personality and contagious smile immediately endeared him to the SA family. Ben, in his spare time, is a passionate duck hunter and a winning little league baseball coach.

Stop by Southern Accents showroom and you will likely be greeting by Ben Sellers or Makenzie Maze.

Stop by Southern Accents showroom and you will likely be greeting by Ben Sellers or Makenzie Maze.

Makenzie joined the team this past March after making a last minute decision to move to Cullman to be closer to her twin. Makenzie says, “It was literally an overnight decision to pick up and move. I did not have a job lined up. It was a huge leap of faith, but I just knew this is where I was supposed to be. I called Ben and Lindzie and told them to make room because I was moving in!” Makenzie, who graduated from the University of Alabama with a business management degree, immediately began searching for a job. Around the same time, a position opened up in Southern Accents showroom. Ben approached the owner, Garlan, and told him he had the perfect person to fill the open position. Garlan, having a policy of never hiring family, quickly relaxed his policy after he and his wife Heather met with Makenzie. Garlan and Heather agreed that Makenzie was exactly who they were looking for!

Ben and Makenzie will tell you that they are the best of friends. Ben met Makenzie and Lindzie at Wallace State Community College. The three of them were all members of the co-ed cheerleading squad where their friendship developed. Makenzie, at 4’8″ with a background in gymnastics, went on to cheer for the University of Alabama. Makenzie recently moved into her own apartment where she resides with her Maltipoo, Molly. Ben and Lindzie, who are about to celebrate their one year anniversary, share a home with Ben’s three labs Huck, Nahla, and Tate.

Ben and Makenzie show off a stunt from their former cheerleading days!

Ben and Makenzie show off a stunt from their former cheerleading days!

Stop by Southern Accents showroom Tuesday – Saturday and let Ben or Makenzie show you some of our latest finds! Just don’t ask them to demonstrate any stunts from their cheerleading days!

Written by: Lisa Jones


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