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August 06, 2014

"In Pittsboro and beyond, pining for floors from old tobacco barns"

Free enterprise is grand.

Grumette’s story speaks to the world’s unlikely curiosities: America’s richest now line their floors with pieces of the country’s agricultural past, much of it collected on North Carolina back roads.

This discarded wood that once dried tobacco or sheltered horses now commands at least four and sometimes 10 times the price of what you’d buy at Home Depot, made valuable both by the decades it survived and the care spent rescuing it from the fate of old things.


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This reminds me of the first post I read over at Timothy Talyor's blog. It was on the economics of nails (& screws). He related that 200 years ago, nails were so expensive they'd burn an old barn or house down just to collect the nails (forged) for a new project. Now it seems the nails are consumables and the wood is what is precious.

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