An even better Second Chance


September 21, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

In the market for an 1850s barn door? Unique wall sconces? A couple of tiles, even? You name it, and Second Chance has it.

The new non-profit business has just opened its third Baltimore warehouse of architectural antiques and salvaged items.

From chandeliers to stained glass to wood mantles to a terra-cotta facade, Second Chance is the place to find unusual, vintage pieces from old buildings.

Executive director Mark Foster explains that he works with demolition contractors to rescue not only building materials such as wood, metal, plaster, stone and marble, but also antique knickknacks.

"We deal with $5 doorknobs up to $20,000 sky lights," says Foster. Each item states a price, determined by the market. But with some items, customers may make reasonable offers.

The items fill up three warehouses -- that's 60,000 square feet -- at 1645 Warner St. and 1400 Warner St., just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

Second Chance is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Call 410-385-1101 or visit

Send walls back in time

Retro is in, baby. Just look around. Today's cars, clothes and even home designs have that vintage look. Check out the swarms of Volkswagen New Beetles, Chrysler PT Cruisers and Ford Thunderbirds, or the hippie clothes, the bell-bottoms and the TV-show-themed T-shirts.

So, it's no wonder that home decorating has gone nostalgic on us, too. Brewster Wallcovering Company has just introduced a line called "Remember When," full of images of vaudeville, 1950s rock-and-roll, the 1930s American West and more. Retro-themed wallpaper and borders feature themes from most of the major eras of the 20th century.

The "Remember When" paper retails from $27.99-$29.99 per spool, and is available at home, paint and wallpaper stores, including Home Depot, Lowe's and Sherwin-Williams. Call 800-366-1700 or visit for a list of dealers.

Your dog could be brighter

You know the drill. It's the middle of the night, you're making your way to the bathroom, and you not-so-gracefully trip over Rover. Now you're both very much awake.

If only Rover glowed in the dark, you think. But wait, now he can. Co-Leash pet product company has just created new glow-in-the-dark Spectra-Glo leashes and collars for dogs and cats. Pet-owners simply expose the leashes and collars to any light source for five to 30 minutes, and they'll glow for up to 12 hours. Spectra-Glo products retail from $6.99 to $23.95.

To order, call 813-920-1910 or visit


* On display through Saturday at the Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St., are art furniture pieces created by students from the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibit, Emerging Perspectives, presents innovative works by 10 students from the school's Department of Furniture Design, including functional chairs, benches, tables and stools, made from wood, metal, leather, suede, Corian and other materials. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-837-3575.

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