I sometimes get questions like “where can I buy antique brick?” Or “how can I fix my old brick barn?” Sometimes these questions are easy to answer and sometimes they are hard. First of all, antique brick is not antique because it is common. Named bricks (ones with the name of the city or builder stamped into them) are less common and therefore hold more value. Some Chaska bricks had the name “Chaska” stamped into them and are still somewhat common even today. However, they can easily command $5 to $10 per brick. Bricks that have no stamp on them are less expensive because it is hard to determine where they came from.
Where can you find antique bricks? Clearly the internet auction realm is the way to go or they may even be listed in the local newspaper. Online auctions can bring some pretty decent amounts for just a single brick, depending how rare it is. If you want more than one brick, the challenge can be even greater. The best way to get a bunch of antique bricks is to find an old building which is being torn down or will soon be torn down. If you can contact the owner, sometimes they plan on selling these bricks. If so, they are usually willing to sell a bunch of the brick as a lot. Sometimes the owner even knows where the brick came from.
Larger cities restore old buildings as part of the National Historic Register or other local use projects. When old buildings get torn down, sometimes they stockpile old bricks to use in restoring other buildings. I have seen the cities of Chaska and Carver keep stockpiles around just in case they are needed somewhere. So you may have some competition from larger entities for these bricks. I have also seen people tear down old brick structures, such as barns, just to recycle the bricks for other uses. At Lake Mary, Minnesota, I found an old barn where all the bricks had already been spoken for. Near Sauk Centre, Minnesota, I saw another barn being taken down for the bricks. So it is possible to come across old antique bricks for sale.
Finally, I want to put in a plug for advertising. My web site is here for the purpose of finding information about bricks, whether that be people who specialize in repairing old barns, people who do tuckpointing, or people selling antique bricks. I really hope some of these people contact me about any brick services they provide or could use. I would really hope that my site becomes a clearing house of information related to old bricks. I almost bought an old barn to restore myself, so I had started looking into finding help with the barn restoration process. These people are key to preserving old brick structures. Let me know if I can help you out!