$     What is salvage?

We all know what “salvage” is, I think.

But as I came to read various definitions, and poke around a bit…. I found I changed my mind, a bit..

An “act of salvage” comes about when the pieces are USED.

Salvage parts sitting around a salvage yard are NOT salvage, they’re junk. The salvage yard is hoping someone comes along to purchase them, otherwise they’ll go for scrap someday. They may hold onto it for a year, or 10, but it’s true destination is the scrap yard to be ‘recycled”. This is very passive. If it occurs that someone purchases and takes it home, before that, THEN it is “salvage“.

It’s a whole new way for me of looking at it, that salvage is an ACT, not the storing or saving of materials.

I think that’s what I started this group up for… to see more about the acts of salvage members have accomplished.


Green Spot Antiques.

For those who want to know how I came to this conclusion, read through the following.

Google comes to the rescue.

if you type in “define:salvage” into google, you will get various links to definitions of “salvage”

A few of note are.

Definitions of salvage on the Web:

* property or goods saved from damage or destruction

* save from ruin, destruction, or harm

* collect discarded or refused material; “She scavenged the garbage cans for food”

* the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire


The utilization of waste materials.


An item of personal property which has parts that are usable or which can be recycled. The item as a whole is in such poor shape that its repair is not practical, but its total destruction is not warranted.


The use of materials that have been used before. There is an abundance of wood flooring products from old barns, warehouses and other buildings …


as used in this subpart, means property that, because of its worn, damaged, deteriorated, or incomplete condition or specialized nature, has no reasonable prospect of sale or use as serviceable property without major repairs, but has some value in excess of its scrap value.


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