About Our SalvageFaire Market

It’s a Pure Salvage Living Renaissance Year-Round Market for Members Only!

On our 42 acres in Luling, Texas, at the junction of I-80 and Interstate 10, we’re building the ultimate Vintage & Antiques Market, Farmer’s Market, Community Retreat and Eco-Building Learning Center all in one! Everything Recycled, Upcycled, Re-used, Re-Imagined, Handmade, Handcrafted, and Made in America! It will be a place to see, learn how, and become a part of a renaissance in Self Sufficiency, Life Skills, and a simpler, more fulfilling lifestyle.

The SalvageFaire market will be nestled amongst our Tiny Texas Territories – acreage where folks will have the opportunity to rent, lease or own one of our Tiny Texas Houses in a true community setting. As in the markets of yore,SalvageFaire plays a crucial role in our community – offering folks a place to sell, barter or trade all manner of homemade, handcrafted and vintage goods, heirloom produce and animals, and organic foodstuffs – selected by us to be of good quality and not imported plastic junk or GMO laden franken-foods.

Think of it as the Renaissance Faire for today’s eco-friendly Artisans, holistic care givers for massage, acupuncture, and herbal oriented lifestyles, Craftspersons and Vintage Antique & Salvage Vendors. This space will allow us to create a central Entertainment area, plenty of parking, full bathhouse facilities, overnight and short-term RV rental & Overnight Camping spaces and more will be available. It’s a grand vision, and with your help, we’ll make it a reality in 2013!

We are opening the door for charter members of this first SalvageFaire to get long term lease options and cut their costs by participating in building their own creative and unique booths that will catch the eye of millions going down Interstate 10. The first vendors will have the choice spots along the parking lots and with the best frontage, traffic, and visibility. This is a rare opportunity with 18,000,000 people living within a two hour drive in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. It is facing Interstate highway 10 and should generate many followers for decades to come.

Now is the chance to buy into a space, invest your energy to build with the biggest selection of cool salvaged materials anywhere, supplied by me for each site, plans must meet approval of course, and Eclectic is King. I have all the parts and pieces, thousands of square feet of tin for roofs over vending areas, lumber, ceramic tile, windows, and resources to supply those who want to be part of this with the means to make it happen. Let’s make the most incredible market in the USA, for the USA, so that we can prove it works and that it can be done over and again across this vast and incredible country.

This drawing shows SalvageFaire in the middle, Tiny Texas Houses at the top left which also houses the Pure Salvage Outpost, our giant retail outlet for all the things we use to build Tiny Texas Houses and much more that is too big to use on Tiny Houses.

We will be having a Grand Opening of that building as a retail store in October of 2012.

For updates, please sign up for the SalvageFaire Market newsletter, here.

Call for SalvageFaire Charter Vendors!
If you are interested in being a Vendor at SalvageFaire, check out this post for more info.

Be sur to add your company name to our list now so we can contact you when Vendor space availablity begins!

Help Us Choose What Merch to Offer!

UPDATE: Friday, September 14

All of us at the TTH offices couldn’t decide between all these different shirts and colors, so we did a little survey this week of choices! Thanks so much to the hundreds of TTH faithful fans who gave their feedback…

It went so well, we decided to do one more Survery of the final winners based on merch ideas you suggested! So, one more time, please help us choose what kind of TTH merchandise we should stock for you by filling out another quick survey #2 on our website!

Thanks so much for taking a minute out of your day to give us your feedback!

Tell us your merch choices here – Survey #2 is below!

For Sale: Essay Contest House – SOLD

SOLD! March 31, 2013.

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“Tiny Texas Worker House” is a 10’ x 12’ house with sleeping loft, shower, bath, kitchenette, and front porch. This house was built by Tiny Texas Houses from 99% Pure Salvage materials and well insulated to create a cozy hideaway or home for the winner.

This contemporary design plays with some new angles and space to create a cozy tiny guesthouse or get away space in a 10’ x 12’ footprint and a 6’ x 11’ front porch. It has all the elements needed for living in if one wanted to make a home out of our Tiny Texas House as well. The front porch supports are 125 year old Cedar posts that were once used for a pole barn on a 100 years old cotton gin in Shiner, Texas. They have some great hieroglyphic bug runs on the surface but the core is solid and bug free. The exterior siding is made from 2×8 slices of Long Leaf Pine that are nearly knot free and dating back to the 1800’s when the 200-year-old trees were cut down. It was cut from 2”x8” boards that were split with the thicker half used to make flooring and the thinner half to make the siding that is on this house. It has a mini corrugated metal on he lower half that dates to the early 1900’s and weighted sash windows from the same period.

The entire house is built with antique Pines. The tightly grained Long Leaf Pine 4×4 beams came from a Texas 1880’s farmhouse in Yorktown to carry the loft. The house has a full shower, toilet and sink in the bath. The small kitchenette has a sink, under counter fridge, and space for a cook top. It is great for short visits but could be lived in full-time as well. The interior walls are milled from 2’8’s and then the back was exposed to show off the grooves as a decorative element.

The ceilings in the loft are also made from a tongue and groove antique Pine that was milled from 2×6’s that dated back to the early 1900’s too. The corrugated roofing comes from a warehouse in Hallettesville, Texas. It is the heavy 1 ½” corrugation in a very thick metal that has plenty of protective rust and strength to last for many more years. The downstairs area will be suited to having a sectional that could be used to sleep on along with the upstairs that will hold two twin beds or up to a queen. It has room for a small desk and closet area as well. The house is designed to ventilate the heat out the top in the summer and provide the warmest place in bed during the winters. It has a nice big window for a great view and breeze upstairs as well as a wall a/c unit to help take out the humidity.

The windows have all been weatherized with silicone tubing and glazed with an age-old formula for Organic Linseed Oil glazing compound that is superior to what is normally used today. The shower is full-sized and has a river rock floor. The shower walls in the bath will be covered with 100-year-old antique galvanized interlocking roof shingles that should last for another century or two and take any scrubbing you want to put it through. This batch came from a house in Eagle Pass, Texas that dated from the 1890’s. There is a wall air conditioner hole in the loft wall if one should want it and the heater would only need to be a simple 110 volt portable unit. This is intended to keep the repair and replacement costs to a minimum.

The entire house is insulated with Icynene on all sides, top, and bottom so that there is very little heat gain or loss, nor bugs, rodents, or a danger of mold developing from moisture in the walls. With screens, it will be possible to get by much of the year without AC or heat. If living up north, it might be good to have a set of storm windows for the winter too, as we do not approve of insulated glass due to its limited longevity.

Congratulations to our Texas Tiny Houses Essay Contest winner, Amelia Lankford. Read her winning entry, and find out more about Tiny Texas houses.

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Tiny Texas Houses Featured in Mother Earth News Aug/Sept 2012 Issue!

Be sure to pick up a copy of Mother Earth News’ Aug/Sept 2012 Issue – we’re one of the featured builders in Lloyd Kahn‘s article, “Cozy, Affordable and Inspiring Tiny Homes“!

Mortgage-Free Living in a Hand-Built Tiny Home
Hand-built homes expert Lloyd Kahn gives a tour of scaled-down housing circa 2012, spotlighting tiny abodes that run the gamut from elegant to funky, super-cheap to expensive, thoughtfully designed to seat-of-the-pants, just-go-ahead-and-do-it dreaming.

Find out more at MotherEarthNews.com

UPDATED August 12, 2012: The Mother Earth News article is online now here MotherEarthNews.com.

The San Antonio Summer Salvage Expedition – August, 2012

Breaking News! Join the Tiny Texas House team for our second Salvage Mining Expedition open to the public! We got a last-minute opportunity to salvage a HUGE house in San Antonio — don’t miss your chance to join the Tiny Texas House team for second Salvage Mining Expedition on Wednesday, August 8th to Friday, August 17th!

We are hosting an in-depth hands-on seminar to teach you how to salvage a huge 5,500 s.f. unwanted house to obtain materials to use in future tiny house building projects. This is a Eight-Day Intensive Expedition — but you may attend one or all eight days!

During the entire event, one should be able to learn how to take down the house, sort, pack and value the lumber it yields, the doors, windows, and other parts that create a means of making a living as well as building a house for yourself or those you love. This is up to 8 days of intense education for you to learn the principles and methods of correctly deconstructing a house to save and salvage the materials for reuse.

You may participate as an Auditor or as a Helper. All who attend at least three days are eligible for special 20% discount off of any materials reclaimed by us, or in our TTH inventory (This house has great Anderson wood single pane windows, tons of crown and baseboard moulding, drop can lights, tons of oak cabinetry, shelving, and tons of plywood and roofing materials). Helpers who work at least three days also get, in addition to the 20% discount, $50 worth of free materials for each day over the three days they work. Plus, there will be alot of surprize freebies, bargains and buying opportunities!


Wednesday, August 8th: 9:30AM to 5PM
Thursday, August 9th: 9AM to 5PM
Friday, August 10th: 9AM to 5PM

Monday, August 13th: 9AM to 5PM
Tuesday, August 14th: 9AM to 5PM
Wednesday, August 15th: 9AM to 5PM
Thursday, August 16th: 9AM to 5PM
Friday, August 17th: 9AM to 5PM

WE PROVIDE: Pizza for lunch, and snacks included


We will rally in the parking lot La Madelaine Restaurant at 9:30AM SHARP on Wednesday!
La Madelaine, 4820 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX

When will meet at the La Madelaine Restaurant at 9:30AM SHARP we will divulge to you there the location of our Salvage House!

(The La Madelaine is NOT the demolition salvage site! It’s just a meeting place near the house!!)


GOOGLE MAP & DIRECTIONS: La Madelaine Restaurant

TUITION: $150 per person covers all 3 days; no per day fee.

Auditors: Beginner – no construction skills required
Helpers: Intermediate to Advanced – Able to use crowbar, hammer, screwdriver; lots of bending, kneeling and climbing ladders; able to lift and carry construction materials like tile, lumber, plywood, cabinetry, trim boards, window frames (alone or with the help of others).

AGES: Adults 18 and over only, please.



  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to stand for long periods of time outdoors in the San Antonio summer heat. We are in the shade, but temps will be in the 90s to 100s.
  • Bring own lawn chair and cooler with plenty of bottled water (we suggest 12 bottles cold per person per day)
  • Bring own bag lunch
  • Sunscreen and a hat for sun protection
  • Long Pants
  • Hard Soled Construction or Hiking Boots REQUIRED – NO Sandals or Tennis shoes!


  • At least 18 years of age
  • You must be fit, healthy and able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Able to stand and work for long periods of time outdoors in the San Antonio summer heat. We are in the shade, but temps will be in the 90s to 100s.
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Discuss with your doctor if you will need a tetanus shot booster, there will be rust!
  • Jeans – no cutoffs, khakis or lightweight pants
  • Hard Soled Construction or Heavy Duty Hiking Boots REQUIRED


  • A heavy duty construction hammer
  • Long and short regular head and phillips head screwdrivers
  • Long and short crowbars
  • Bring goggles or safety glasses
  • Good quality 3M Professional Dust Masks and or Professional Grade Respirator
  • Heavy Duty Work Gloves (2 pair)
  • Tool bag for your tools. Mark ALL your tools with your name and/or colored tape on handles.
  • Sunscreen and a hat for sun protection
  • Bring own lawn chair and cooler with plenty of bottled water (we suggest 15 bottles cold per person per day)
  • Bring own bag lunch

Refund policy: NO Refunds, as this event is happening in 2 days!

NOTE: NO HOUSING IS AVAILABLE FROM US. There is no overnight camping or housing at this location. This is for “drive-in” attendees only – IF YOU ARE FROM OUT OF TOWN, YOU NEED TO LOCATE AND PAY FOR YOUR OWN HOTEL ROOM/LODGING.

We plan to only have a limited number of people helping and learning how to take down this huge house and be part of the documentary that will include lectures and instruction on salvaging a house of this size. The Expedition will be filmed so as to help create on-line courses for future Mining Expeditions and training Salvage Miners all around the country. If you want to be in the video and show that it can be done by anyone who wants to do it, please do but if you do not, don’t worry, you can stay out-of-the-way of the lens just as easily.

P.S. If you bring plastic bottles instead of a big water cooler (we recommend the latter!), you will be responsible for packing out your own empty bottles!


Please fill out our online registration form below. Payment is via Paypal, including online check or other credit cards option. You will receive a confirmation email with this info after payment. Thanks!

Questions? Email us via our Contact Form here.


Please complete our online form to attend.