I have been looking for doors for the upstairs for 6 months. I searched our local Salvage Barn, and scoured every internet salvage site I could find. I have watched all the Chicago demolition sales web pages, but had no luck at all. On a whim I looked on Ebay and found an auction for 8 oak doors, in jambs with complete hardware. The doors sizes were exactly what I needed and the auction was ending in 45 minutes. I bid and won and had my upstairs doors. They were located in the Twin Cities, a bit over 5 hours drive from home.
I talked to Chris the seller several times electronically, and decided to get them on September 9th. I rented a trailer and hooked it up to Pete's truck (see previous post) and went north. When arriving I found that Chris was very pleasant and the doors were beautiful. She and I put them on their sides into the trailer. She told me the doors had come from her husband's parents' house, and that they were extensively remodeling it for her, as it had never been updated since they built it in the 1920's. Chris also asked if I was interested in buying either the kitchen cupboards or the front door. I really don't have anywhere for the cupboards but I did buy the front door.
We stacked the doors on their sides in the van and put the front door on top
When I got home I called Pete to come help unload and we took them out
We put four in Rowan's room and four in Laurel's for now.
We tried to put one into an opening and it fit nearly perfectly.
The doors are different than first floor, but that's OK, I need to find one more to get the entire upstairs ready. The hardware is nice too.
I can't use the front door anywhere here at Foxcroft, so I'll likely donate it to our local Friends of Historic Preservation Salvage Barn