IndustrialArtifact

Industrial Artifacts

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Welcome to Industrial Artifacts, where history meets home. We scour the old mills and factories of this country in search of unique pieces that helped in Americas industrial revolution.
We hunt with the sole purpose of finding attention grabbing items for your home, office or shop.
Visit us at our website for the full story and updates on our adventures!

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Last updated on Sep 6, 2018

***Be sure to check out our feature on the etsy homepage***

www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-industrial-artifact/

Welcome to Industrial Artifacts, where history meets home. We scour the old mills and factories of this country in search of unique pieces that helped in Americas industrial revolution.
We hunt with the sole purpose of finding attention grabbing items for your home, office or shop.
Visit us at our website for the full story and updates on our adventures!

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Digging into just one of our warehouses today and pulling out some old inventory! Keep your eyes out for a sale soon.
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About IndustrialArtifact

Sales 1,423
On Etsy since 2012

So this is how it started...

This story starts a little sad. In 1987, after an embezzlement, a divorce and a generally crummy run of things, my father had to shut the doors to his woodworking shop. As if that wasn't tough enough, he was forced to sell his beloved tools and machinery just to keep a roof over our heads. To a craftsman, there is nothing harder than the day you have to hand over your hammer. As I stated before, this was a bit of a rocky time.. It takes a hell of a man to pull himself up after that.

Being a woodworker, he had the unique ability to see not only the cost of a machine, but its value. That being said, instead of auctioning off all of his tools, he opted to sell them piece by piece on his own. His tools had a story to tell, and he was the only one that could tell it.

After selling off his entire shop, he found that he had, (quite serendipitously I might add) fallen into a new career. From that day forth, he was a used machinery dealer. Due to the aforementioned money problems, he couldn't really afford a babysitter. Every day was "bring your son to work day". As such, I spent most of my childhood in the shops and factories of others. My fathers success in this new venture was due in no small part to his ability to empathize with the folks now selling their tools. Death, disease, bad economy, retirement, if we walked through your doors, it meant they were closing soon. Everyday was peppered with a new story of how a business started and why it was soon to end. More often than not, people were saddened more, not by the closure of their business, but having to part with the tools and machinery they had spent their lives with. It was a strange way to grow up but someone had to do it.

In the coming years, I began working with my father (Pleasant St Machinery), which I still oversee the daily operations of to this day.

Industrial Artifacts was born out of a desire to bring some part of the stories I heard as a child into the lives (and homes) of others. There's something beautiful about knowing that a lamp was there to witness someones lifelong work. That a cart rolled hundreds of miles in one building or that a stool was used so much it's got someone else's butt groove in it (seriously, thats a thing).

Industrial Artifacts consists of Al Ferris and Nathan Rock. Together we are preserving history through each and every sign, lamp, stool, and oddity.



Thanks for reading - and I hope you like what you see as much as we enjoy finding it for you!

-Nathan

Shop members

  • Nathan Rock

    Owner, Curator, Magic Brain

    I have spent my entire life inside machine shops, factories, warehouses, tool rooms, etc. Also, I have great taste. With that out of the way, you probably have a clearer idea of what I do and why I do it.

  • Al Ferris

    Photographer, Listings Coordinator, Jazz Hands

    Al is the resident photographer at our shop - Handling online listings and making sure to capture the historical beauty of everything that walks through our doors.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Industrial Artifacts - Located in the Western Chicago land area. We deal exclusively in industrial and vintage lighting, seating, benches, tables and other found objects. We have a 20,000+ Sq. Ft. facility with new items arriving every day. Industrial Artifacts specializes in repurposing cast iron artifacts that have been abandoned or forgotten about since the machine age, and turn them into one-of-a–kind pieces that are unique and attention grabbing. These vintage industrial pieces are functional and growing in popularity. With our repurposed vintage industrial lighting, primitives, chairs, workbenches, and other industrial curiosities, you too can bring a piece of the machine age into your home, office, loft, or shop.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Things that you will find on most of our items:
*Rust
*Dirt
*Grease
*Character
*Oil
*Love
Please be aware that we only deal in antique industrial items. If you are buying modern furniture from us, It's because it came out of a shop or factory and will have appropriate wear due to it's surroundings.

Returns are generally only accepted if an item arrives DOA or drastically described wrong. Other returns are handled on a case by case basis. There is a 15% restocking fee for returned items.
Payment
Accepted, Paypal, credit cards, checks, money orders.
Credit cards require authorization. Checks require clearing.
Custom orders require a deposit and balance paid prior to shipping.
Shipping
Items which are within UPS, USPS, Fed Ex guidelines are packed by industrialartifact.
Shipping costs shown are estimates. Tables with glass are crated and padded. I have shipped all over the
states without damage. The shop makes deliveries within reasonable distance. Convo for
further details and charges for a specific item.
There will be a 35.00 handling fee for any items requiring palletizing.
Any items requiring crating will begin at 75.00 on a sliding scale depending on size, weight, cost of materials, etc.
Additional policies and FAQs
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More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

We are able to supply wholesale lighting, seating, tables, and more. Please contact us by phone or email with your needs.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders generally require down payment and are non-refundable. Personalization of many items is available, please contact us with your needs. Additional labor/material charges may apply.

Do you have a storefront that I can visit?

Our shop/warehouse is located in DeKalb, IL. We are open to the public by appointment. Please call or email to set up a time to visit