Summertime at the Brimfield Antiques Market 2015

Brimfield, MA:   Stutervants North – July 14-July 19, 2015
Mays Antique Market – July 16-July 18, 2015

It’s time for the famous Summer 2015 Brimfield Antiques Market.  The Spring show was so well attended we are anticipating an outstanding summer show as well.  This world attended extravaganza takes over an entire Massachusetts town for a week straight.  Of course, Olde Good Things will have a presense there and will be set up in two fields.  We have a large sprawl at Stutervants North field starting Monday July 14 until the end of the market, Sunday, July 19th.  We also will be set up at Mays Antique Market starting Thursday July 16th through July 18th.  We’ll have all  our famous wares including:  Architectural and altered antiques, hand crafted farm tables, antique ceiling tin mirrors and panels and industrial chic and more. If there’s something you’d like us to bring, call us ahead of time.  Come see us and enjoy shopping our booth.   Hope to see you there.

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Come see us at Sturtevants North – our huge tent is packed with great stuff

Always interesting finds at Olde Good Things

 

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Leave No Stone Unturned

When the architecturologists at Olde Good Things engage in our architectural salvage work, we often find stunning antique stone and terracotta artifacts. To add an historical and unique element to your home, building project, garden, or patio, antique stone items are a striking choice.

Since so many of our stone and terra cotta items have such a rich history, they are incredible conversation pieces and symbols of past eras. If you are looking for a beautiful garden stone or a terra cotta or cast cement garden decoration to enhance your landscape, look no further than Olde Good Things. Below we have selected a few select pieces including a 40 ft. limestone multi-piece frieze from the Philadelphia Civic Center, figural lady face frieze from the facade of a Times Square building as well as life-size marble angels from a NE Pennsylvania church.  Take a look.  Come shop with us from our vast online selection of unique building stones for your next project.

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Philadelphia Civic Center Transportation frieze

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1930s statue pair from Wezleg Macs estate

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Time Square salvaged stone lady building facade

Glazed terra cotta wall

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Pair of life sized marble angels

 

 

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Cast stone urn with cherub figures

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Customer showcase: Pearly Gates Bar reinvention

Pearly Gates Bar in Frankfurt, Germany just underwent a major redo

Pearly Gates Bar in Frankfurt, Germany just underwent a major redo

On a cobblestone street in Frankfurt Germany one will find a newly transformed classic venue called Pearly Gates Bar.  This one-of-a-kind local eatery and bar was in need of a dramatic and lasting redesign, and they called on designer, Madjid Djamegari, for help. Djamegari, known for his redesign of The Gibson Club, wanted to create an interior space with a classic 1920s vibe—complete with the sensual lines and simple yet stylish fixtures of an American speakeasy. Unfortunately, there aren’t many architectural salvage and repurposing specialists in Europe, so Djamegari travelled to New York to find the perfect pieces for his perfect vision. Fortunately for Pearly Gates Bar and for us, he stumbled upon a small shop filled to the ceiling with everything he needed to make his mark on a timeless German bar. He’d discovered Olde Good Things where he tapped into the wares at our Madison Avenue location, handpicking many vintage and altered antiques to create his desired look.

Much of the seating, lighting and table tops were supplied by OGT

Much of the seating, lighting and table tops were supplied by OGT

For a touch of glimmering illumination in his interior transformation, Djamegari chose these beautiful copper pendant lights which he hung from 100 year old reclaimed tin-tiled ceiling. The tin ceiling was pieced together from actual vintage tin OGT salvaged from buildings in NYC and Chicago. You can get a better idea of the work that goes into the removal, cleaning, and restoration of tin ceilings by reading our blog post here. The pendant lights, once backstage lights at the 1930s Philadelphia Convention Hall in Philadelphia, form a glow of subtle lighting over the bar area.  The table tops were custom made from reclaimed copper and galvanized sheet metal, and were built in our custom furniture shop at our warehouse in Pennsylvania.

Leather couch and oak bankers chairs were purchased at our Madison Ave. Store.

Leather couch and oak bankers chairs were purchased at our Madison Ave. Store.

Much of the seating was supplied by Olde Good Things, including the swivel top stools, the 1940s leather couch, and mahogany banker’s chairs.

Not only did Djamegari have comfortable seating in mind, he also wanted to draw in the style and vintage charm of classic NYC with these small sconce lights lining the intimate corners of the bar. These wall lights once graced the white-tile walls of the New York City Subway system.

Sadly, the pictures supplied do not feature some other interesting items used during the redesign. These items include: vintage bathroom pedestal sinks and reclaimed doors.  Although Olde Good Things, Madison Ave is our flagship location, there are three more unique locations in New York City, one in downtown Los Angeles, and two large warehouse locations in Scranton Pennsylvania.  Each of our locations house an eclectic variety of salvaged, restored, and re-purposed items perfect for a restaurant, commercial, or residential redesign, remodel, or refurbishing.

To see what else OGT has to offer, visit our website and look through our growing inventory, or visit one of our locations in-person for a real eye-opening, design bending experience!

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Creating an outdoor oasis using salvaged items

Having an outdoor living space can be a wonderful, relaxing addition to your home. Continuing the decorating style you already use indoors into your outdoor space can also help to increase your home’s value. It can be difficult to know how exactly to do this, however, particularly if you’ve used salvaged items to create a unique look for your home. As the top salvage company in the country, we have the opportunity to create many interesting decorative pieces and spaces using salvaged items in ways many people don’t even think of. Read below for how you can create a beautiful look for your outdoor space using items from one of our many locations.

 

Every garden should have a gate or a door, but not necessarily as an entry point.  Above is just a small selection of iron entry ways available at Olde Good Things.  An antique French door that no longer contains the glass (like the one from our online selection shown above) can make a beautiful trellis for climbing flowers or decorative vines. Refinishing or painting the door in a bright, bold color can also make it a lovely accent piece when placed against a fence or a garden wall. For a more traditional look, two solid doors can be connected with other wood pieces at the top to make a beautiful arbor. Consider placing a bench or reading chair beneath it to create a peaceful nook for reading, relaxing, or late afternoon naps.

An old bicycle can be used to decorate an outdoor space

An old bicycle, like the one shown here can make an excellent conversation piece. Turn the handlebar basket into a planter, and
consider weaving climbing flowers or vines through the wheel spokes and around the frame. The color of the bike can be incorporated into your garden’s theme, or it could be used as an eye-catching piece to liven up a more drab area of your outdoor space.

Tables missing their tops, or chairs that are missing their seats also make excellent planters, and can be very interesting pieces. These types of items also work quite well in smaller spaces, or on patios that don’t have any real planting space.

An open top table can be used as a garden element

An open top table can be used as a garden element

Stone pieces are a traditional choice for decorating an outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be boring or ordinary. Consider moving beyond traditional stone planters and statues, and search for something more unique. Using a piece with an interesting design can really bring your personality to your garden. Salvaged stone pieces from mantels, decorative walls, columns, and other elements can really make your garden a unique and interesting place to relax or have friends over.

 

Here a salvaged garden stone makes a centerpiece in this garden

Here a salvaged garden stone makes a centerpiece in this garden


For larger gardens, consider breaking up the space with an interesting element like a piece of stained glass, or an antique chandelier draped in glass beads. No only will elements like these look interesting, the light shining through and reflecting off of them will create beautiful patterns and colors that will really help your garden stand out. Use a bit of a strong, antique chain to hang these elements securely from a tree, arbor, or trellis. If you prefer the look of wood to glass, an antique window frame with the pane of glass removed can make an excellent hanging planter and define the space in a similar way.

A salvaged window makes a great garden element

A salvaged window makes a great garden element

Using salvaged or antique items in your garden can be a wonderful way to set your garden oasis, and your home apart from the others in your neighborhood. Using pieces that are unique and different is a great way to create a space that shows off your style and personality, while giving you a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all.

With the help of Olde Good Things, you can easily transform your backyard into a hideaway just for your enjoyment, or a mindblowing entertainment space that you and your family and friends can enjoy.

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OGT at the Nashville Country Living Show 2015

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Join us at the Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee, April 24-26, 2015

Location: James E Ward Agricultural Center AKA Wilson County Fairground

Our truck is on it’s way, full of custom made reclaimed Farm Tables, industrial cast iron legs, antique tin mirrors & panels, iron fencing, reclaimed doors & unique architectural finds you can’t get anywhere else.

For more information about this show click here.

See where Olde Good Things will be next. Visit out Show Calendar!

 

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New arrival: vintage reclaimed hammered chicken wire glass

Just got a new supply of reclaimed chicken wire glass with a hammered texture. Three different tints, limited sizes and quantities. Please contact us with any questions.

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Entry transformation using reclaimed glass

Here you can see a simple entryway transformed with a hand-made wrought iron and vintage glass awning designed by our customer, Paul Lombardo of Lombardo Iron & Railing Co., from Orange New Jersey.

Entry prior to awning installation

Entry prior to awning installation

As seen after installation

As seen after installation

The craftsmanship is typical of what you would find from the days gone by.  When Paul took on this job, he decided vintage glass would bring the right finishing touch, and sure enough he was right.

Vintage hammered chicken wire glass was used in this hand-fabricated iron awning

Vintage hammered chicken wire glass was used in this hand-fabricated iron awning

Safety glass in a hammered texture is no longer fabricated new with this twisted chicken wire.  Therefore Olde Good Things specializes in reclaiming factory windows and making this glass available today.

Take a look at the gallery of pictures from this installation and view the video of Paul Lombardo in his fabrication stages.

Take a look at Paul’s creative video seen here:

 

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Customer Showcase: antique hand-stenciled wooden ceiling

42 Star Island designed by first registered architect Walter DeGarmo in 1925

42 Star Island designed by first registered architect in Miami, Walter DeGarmo in 1925

starr_island_mansion2This home, once one of the most visibly and architecturally noteworthy mansions along the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach was lost to the wrecking ball in 2014.  Fortunately, the architecturologists from Olde Good Things were on the scene, to salvage some of the original architectural elements prior to it’s demise.

One of those fascinating elements removed was this hand-painted stenciled ceiling done in the mediterranean style, here seen in it’s original setting.

Hand-stenciled ceiling in muted green and red tones

Hand-stenciled ceiling in muted green, orange and brown tones

These pictures show the architecturologists gently removing the ceiling piece by piece.  Each piece was numbered carefully in order for it to be repurposed by a future owner.

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This unique ceiling has already found a new use.  It is being implemented in a large building project in Missouri.  Here you see pictures in the building stages:

Olde Good Things has become the dignitary associated with amazing building elements salvaged from many remarkable buildings in the United States, this home being just one of them.  Take a look at the link to famous building artifacts on our web site to see other offerings at this time.

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It’s Showtime in Texas

Warrenton- Round Top Show Grounds March 23 – April 5, 2015

It’s Texas Antique Week, Spring 2015.  We’re set up at the Warrenton-Round Top Show Grounds in Warrenton, TX.  Come see us and enjoy shopping our booth.   We have all our great wares including:  Architectural and altered antiques, hand crafted farm tables, industrial chic and more.  Show locations in Warrenton: Hillcrest Inn venue, in the Old Gin (across the dirt road from the Fire Station).  Hope to see you there.

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See our great set up at the Warrenton Show Grounds

See our great set up at the Warrenton Show Grounds

Lots of neat stuff!  Hope to see you there!

Lots of neat stuff! Hope to see you there!

 

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Open your doors and invite creativity in

 

Because Olde Good Things has so many stores and such great warehouse space we often find that we are salvaging tons of the same types of things just because they’re neat and need to have a new home. One of those much salvaged objects is the door. There are so many old Victorian homes, old industrial buildings, and old office and apartment buildings that have incredible doors that we just couldn’t let them go to the mulcher! We had to save them! So we did. The problem is that now we are up to our eyeballs in salvaged doors that need to find a new home with our loyal and tasteful readers.

Entire entry door set salvaged from this Victorian Home

Seen here at our warehouse

If you’re wondering, “I already have doors in my house, why would I want more”, you should consider that you can be as creative as you wish with these doors. They can be refinished and repurposed into something totally new. Let the doors of your mind fly open, greet creativity on the threshold and…tops. Because they are long and typically pretty thick, you can design and affix legs to the flat surface of the door, and refinish and paint the door a natural wood color, or go all out and paint it to match your favorite centerpiece. You can also make a salvaged door into a coffee table.

Invite it to dine

Don’t forget that when you have a table, you should also have a place to sit! Narrow solid closet doors can be re-purposed into benches. You can either leave them as they are, or design pillowed cushions to glue on top.You can use an old door with transom to make a built in for your dining area.

Bifold doors and arched transom used for a built-in cabinet

Bifold doors and arched transom used for a built-in cabinet

Invite to rest

If you’re remodeling or redesigning your bedroom spaces, you should consider using salvaged doors as head boards and foot boards for your bed. Solid or French doors can make an incredibly eye catching headboard when place directly behind the head of the bed.

Old french door from Olde Good Things converted to cool headboard

Old french door from Olde Good Things converted into cool headboard

It’s recommended that your screw or nail the doors to the wall for safety. Your door headboards can be left as they were found for a vintage look, or they can be refinished and painted as an accent to put the finishing touches on your bedroom oasis.

Invite it to marvel

Neat painted door – picture found on Pinterest

Salvaged doors can also serve as a blank canvas on which your imagination can truly take flight.  Artists can take a single or dual panel solid door and paint a masterpiece upon it, which they can then hang upon a wall. A floral pattern to bring life to a living room, a geometric design to bring striking colors and shapes to a hallway or entry way, or an entire panoramic painting of the Smokey Mountains – be as creative as you want to be in order to create the space you want using salvaged doors.

These are just a few of the ideas we came up with. Do you have any great ideas you’d like to share of ways that you’ve reused and repurposed salvaged doors? Check out our large selection of salvaged doors at one of our store locations, or come by and rummage through our warehouse in Scranton. We’d love to have you, and we’d love you to love our collection of old doors.

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