A creative Thanksgiving centerpiece – the table!

Right before the rush and rejoicing of Christmas is a holiday known as Thanksgiving. We’re sure you’ve heard of it. Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, fun, and festive Fall decorations. Families gather around the table to eat turkey and the carbo-licious side dishes, and then pile their plates with pumpkin pies. Once the meal is done, they fall asleep on the couch – victims of that pesky post-Thanksgiving meal fatigue. After they’ve napped, they pull on their caps and gloves, gather their lists together and make their way to the store wide wrestling match, also known as, Black Friday (only it’s really on Thursday night).

With all of that said, can you imagine having a Thanksgiving meal without the table? The first Thanksgiving meal took place at a table, or even a few tables, but those were probably crudely made using whichever wood was easiest for the Pilgrims to use (they weren’t particularly used to the environment of the wild Americas).

Tables come in many different shapes, sizes, and levels of quality. Does your table provide everything you need for a fantastic Thanksgiving meal? Sure, there may be enough spaces, but does your table offer something more than just a place to sit and eat? Does your table double as a conversation piece?

The handmade farm tables at Olde Good Things are made using salvaged wood, handcrafted using high quality carpentry processes, and can be made to order to fit your style.

This table is crafted from salvaged wood and painted white in order to provide the perfect foundation for table decorations. Imagine setting the table with bright reds, oranges, and deep browns – place mats, plates, napkins, and centerpieces made of fallen leaves and cranberries surrounding tall, thick white candles.

Even before your guests sit down to eat and be filled by your Thanksgiving feast, they will see and be amazed by your table.

If you want to see our wide and gorgeous selection of farm tables, and add one or two to your Christmas wish list, visit one of our showrooms.

We at Olde Good Things are excited about spending time around the table with our families. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and grateful hearts.

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Come see us at the Renninger’s Extravaganza, Mt Dora, FL

If you frequent the Mt. Dora Antique & Collector Extravaganza, you can see us there at Booth No.  2118 and 2119, Renninger’s Twin Markets at 20651 US 441, just east of Mount Dora and 30 miles north of Orlando.  Our friendly salesmen have all the usual Olde Good wares – antique tin framed mirrors and panels, architectural artifacts including fencing, building stones, doors and plenty of other interesting finds, as well as a good sample of our manufactured line of furniture made from reclaimed materials – such as our famous farm tables – including ones with industrial style metal legs. The show starts Friday November 16 through Sunday November 18th. A 3-day pass is only $15 and free parking. So come and see us. We hope to see you there.


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From the scrap heap to the dining room: Our process for making tables

Tables come in many different shapes and sizes, and can be made from many different materials. At Olde Good Things, we like to keep things simple; we make our tables from only the finest salvaged wood and create masterpieces for our clients by incorporating other salvaged materials we find in our warehouses.

Curious about our table making process? Well, we’ve finally decided to spill the beans and give you a detailed account of how our handcrafted tables get from point A (the scrap heap) to point Z (your dining room). Are you ready to have your mind blown?

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Nautical chain table in House Beautiful

The July/August issue of House Beautiful magazine featured one of our nautical chain tables with a white stone top on the front cover!

Click to see the original article online:

See blogger Miss Iris’ take here.

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Get fit with the dolphins

Olde Good Things stores sure are interesting… we attract people from all walks of life. Our life-size dolphin fountain from the famous Fontainbleau Hotel caught the eye of  Heidi Kristoffer, renowned yoga instructor. Before we knew it our Union Square store took on a new air…

UPDATE: Since these videos were filmed, the dolphins have found a new home – back in Florida!

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Vintage industrial lighting on sale

Industrial lighting on saleThe Architecturologists salvaged a bunch of these green enamel industrial lights from a Pennsylvania warehouse. Two styles are available, one slightly more bell-shaped. Regularly price at $650 each, now $450. Includes cleaning and rewiring. Please call or email with any questions or to order.

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Army surplus & private hamfest

We’re clearing out a huge warehouse in southwest Philadelphia, and it’s loaded with vintage Army surplus: batteries, meters, test equipment, projectors, tubes, really olde computers, and lots more. Click on an image to browse the gallery (warning, over 600 images!), peruse a partial item list after the jump, and let us know what  you’re interested in.

Volt meter Army surplus

Surplus 'weather machine'

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Michael Laudati beautifully renovates historical lobby

In an age when new high-rises and shiny gadgets dominate our culture, there are a few dedicated souls who are committed to preserving the whimsy and heart of vintage styles and pieces. One of these pioneers of preservation is Michael Laudati, a makeup artist who has redefined himself as an architectural and design guru.

Recently Michael worked on a building in New York’s Upper West Side, restoring it to its original 1929 Spanish Revival glory. This remodel was no small project, as it involved installing windows, doors, and intricate veneers, as well as general interior decorating and design.

Taking an existing building and restoring it to accurately reflect its original period involves extensive research and planning to yield a dramatic and unique finished product. Michael Laudati has done just that; here is a look at some of the finished pieces of his lobby redesign.

Here you can see  phenomenal before and after photos from Michael’s redesign. Original wooden cross beams have been refinished to a lighter, more natural state. The classic fireplace and wall were given updated treatments including beautiful finish work and edging. Drab aluminum windows hidden behind boring shutters now explode with light thanks to the beautiful casement windows we  provided, along with “new” old wall sconces.

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Old wood meets new metal: tables guaranteed to blow you away

Industrial steel top table

We get to take something old, marry it to something new, and showcase the modern yet vintage piece for the work of art it truly becomes. Right now we are making tables out of reclaimed wood, reclaimed machine base legs, and new steel tabletops. The result? Ridiculously stable statement pieces that can function as dining room tables, game tables, or even just accent tables anywhere in your home or office.

These vintage industrial gems can be made to order anywhere from 3 feet wide and 4 feet long through 5 feet wide and 14 feet long. If you want something long lasting with plenty of old-world character, then one of these eye-catching beauties is just the ticket. Since you can create a size that fits perfectly within your space, it has never been easier to bring home something beautiful than now. Click here for more info.

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Repurposed tin panels turn any wall into a work of art

We love it when people take something with a specific original purpose and flip that purpose upside down to create something new and totally awesome! Many of our customers have been doing just that with our antique tin panels, available in 11 in. by 11 in. and 23 in. by 23 in. and other various sizes.

The tin we salvage and sell is all about 100 years old. Our craftsmen fasten the tin to a wooden frame, which makes the finished piece extremely easy to hang. The photo below shows a beautiful statement piece that was created using our 11 in. by 11 in. tin panels.

Antique tin panel display

For people that prefer a simpler approach, placing a single tin panel or a small cluster of panels in fun areas can add depth and vintage charm to any room of your home. Below are two more images that show how fun this type of decorating can look – thanks Carrie and Accents by Nancy for sharing your photos with us!

Antique tin panel display

These panels can be bought in all of our stores, online, and at our flea markets and shows as well. If you find a creative use for them, send us some photos! We would love to see what you come up with.

Antique tin panel display

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