Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to your website?

On July 9th of this year, we had a fire in the main building at our Johnson City, TN location. Luckily, there were no humans there at the time, and no one was injured.


Since then, we have not been able to conduct our usual business since all of the power had to be shut off.


After much consideration, we have decided to close Historic Flooring.

What are you going to do now?

After 15 AWESOME years of doing what we love, we are moving on to other exciting adventures!

What are you going to do with all of your wood?

Over the next few weeks/months we will be auctioning off all of our remaining inventory of milled and unmilled wood, including flooring, barnwood, slabs, beams, doors, and anything else we have left at our 7 acre facility!

Is my wood going to smell like a fire?

85% of all of our inventory was not in the building where the fire happened…in fact, a lot of it was at our Abingdon, VA location.


Any wood that was inside the building has since been moved outside to be inspected, cleaned and aired out.

How can I bid on inventory?

All of our inventory auctions will be online at >>>>HiBid<<<<.  Check back often, as we will be adding new lots weekly 🙂

What if someone outbids me at the last minute?

You may place your bid at any time prior to the close of bidding – if you leave a maximum bid, the computer will bid on your behalf up to your maximum without going over. Just like eBay, your bid will not be raised unless another bid is submitted. Unlike eBay, if a bid is placed in the final 5 minutes of bidding – time will be extended an additional 5 minutes to replicate a real life in person auction. REMEMBER: Many people bid in the closing seconds of an auction, so using the maximum bid feature is very smart if you do not want to lose your items!

What if I need some wood right now?

Give Steve a call and see if we have what you need.  He’s happy to chat with you about a particular project, show you additional pictures, etc.  If you see a lot you want that says “bidding starts soon”, call Steve to buy it now.  855-676-4220

Can I come and see the lots in person?

Sure!  If you want to see the lots in person, just call Steve prior to the aution end date to make an appointment.  If you are not local, he can do a face-time inspection with you by appointment only 🙂

How will I get my lot if I win?

Please contact us for a shipping quote BEFORE bidding! Shipping charges will be ADDED to your final invoice, as well as sales tax if your items are shipped to a Tennessee address or picked up at our facility by you.

How long after the auction will I have to pick up my lot(s)?

After the auction ends, we ask that you pick up your lot(s) as soon as possible.  If you think you are going to bid on additional lots, we are happy to bundle it all together and hang on to them for a reasonable period of time…give Steve a shout 423-676-4220 if you think it’s going to be more than a couple weeks.

All Pick ups will be at:

401 E. Maple Street

Johnson City, TN 37601

How do I pay you for my lot(s)?

Payment is due within 24 hours of auction close. Payments must be made via bank wire transfer for any amount above $1,500. Credit cards may be used up to $1,500 (3% processing fee) – Please Contact Steve McKinney with any payment questions 423-676-4220

Do I have to pay sales tax?

If your lot(s) are shipped to a Tennessee address, or you pick your lot(s) up from our facility, you are required to pay TN sales tax (9.75%)

How long should I let my flooring acclimate?

Acclimating your flooring is very important. This allows the wood to “get used to” your home’s environment, i.e. temperature and humidity. Always unload your wood flooring into the house, ideally into the room where it will be laid. If you cannot unload it into the room where it will be laid, get it as close as possible, but it definitely must acclimate inside the house…not in the garage or an outside storage building.

Contrary to popular belief, acclimating is not a matter of time, but a matter of moisture. Ideally, you will want the moisture content of your wood to be within 3% +/- of the moisture content of the subfloor. Since most people don’t have a moisture meter laying around, we typically suggest 2 weeks. Try to plan for this very important step, because skipping the acclimation process can cause a lot of problems after installation.