Thursday, July 28, 2011

almost in the banking business!

Have you ever wondered what people are doing when they don't put up a blog for a day or two? Here is what we have been up to! If you have been hanging out with us for a while, you may remember the middle building that we started working on in January. If you are new to our world then let me fill you in. We have 3 antique buildings in Sasser, Ga. One of them is used for our online store and the other is used for our retail store. The building in the middle has been a project just waiting to happen for a few years now! The picture is what the building looked like in January but we had already been working on it for the last few years so it looked MUCH worse than this when I bought it!

This building is the old Bank of Sasser. It still has the original vault that was built in the 1800's. It had been vandalized before I purchased it, but it still has 2 old safes inside the vault.

The large safe against the wall will have a permanent home in the vault as it weighs almost as much as the building. I think it will make a lovely accessory!

Safe #2 was able to removed with lots and lots of man power. It is amazing how something so small can weigh SO much. Just in case you are wondering...the only treasure I have found is a penny! And it wasn't even an old one!

Here is the same view as the first picture a couple of weeks ago. We have a new roof and are getting ready for a new floor!

Jay decided that the roof of the vault was just way too cool to not expose some of it. It has a brick dome roof that was hand laid and absolutely beautiful.

Here is the top of the vault. You can kind of see the dome.

I hope that when we get the new floor, you will be able to see the details of the vault.

This week, we have all of the wood down and we are sandblasting the brick! It looks so pretty!

Our goal is to have this building open and complete by our Halloween Open House in mid September! I keep you up on the progress of this sleeping beauty!


  1. What a gorgeous building, I think is perfect for the antique business, can't wait to see it finished!
    Enjoy your day!
    XXX Ido

  2. Love the progress and very much looking forward to more posts as you continue your labours.

  3. I love old buildings and yours will be lovely when you finish!

  4. Wow! You guys have come a long way! Looking good!

  5. My heart squeezed when I saw that beautiful curved window, dome roof and new old bricks! Jay, you and the crew are miracle makers!

    Love ya!

  6. I am so jealous of this big beautiful building, not so much all the work it entails. It's going to be fab when you finish! I love your blog and linked it to mine. You rock.