Upper West Side store closing

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After four years, our Upper West Side store is closing at the end of July, as our lease is ending. We thank you for your patronage and support of Olde Good Things. We have enjoyed all our wonderful customers!

We will be open daily 10-7, and 10-6 on Tuesdays. Our last day of retail operations will be July 30th. We can be reached at our email address columbus@oldegoodthings.com if you have any questions or need to reach us after our close date.

You can still visit us at our four other Manhattan locations!

Columbus Avenue Team

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Tropical wood decking and beams now available

The Architecturologists got another nice supply of tropical ipe wood beams and decking, this time coming from a lower Manhattan pier.  (The previous batch came from the Coney Island boardwalk). The existing pier is being demolished for the construction of a new shopping mall. Email for details if you have any interest!

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Tour the Olde Good Things vintage hardware collection

Join our vintage hardware expert Dale Sponaugle for a 15-minute guided tour of one of the largest vintage hardware collections ever.

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Spring High Point Market Show


At this very moment Olde Good Things is featuring our Altered Antiques at the High Point Spring Market Trade Show. The show begins today April 4, 2014 and will continue until the 10th. We have two booths located at  MSG-14-ADC and also at SAMS G-8003. So come by and see the true beauty of our pieces in person. This show is open to the trade only.

Olde Good Things is located Booth MSG-14-ADC & SAMS G-8003

The Suites At Market Square

200 West Commerce Avenue

High Point NC 27260-4908

Get directions

High Point Market ‘First time to the Market resource

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Which came first: The chicken or the glass?

Now that you have seen the many ways people use chicken wire glass, we thought it would be interesting to take a step back and look at the origins of this amazing product.

This restaurant in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, makes use of pebbled chicken wire glass as a decorative element in its storefront.

First, we need to start with chicken wire itself, which was invented in 1844 by British ironmonger Charles Barnard. The son of a farmer, Barnard wanted to help his father by finding a way to keep wayward chickens from fleeing the coop.

Inspired by the cloth-weaving machines common in his home town of Norwich, Barnard developed a way to manufacture a mesh fence out of thin, flexible galvanized steel wire twisted into hexagonal patterns.

The idea took off and a company was born. Barnard, Bishop & Barnard later produced and sold chain-link and other types of wire fencing internationally.

Chicken wire is used today to build cages for small animals or to protect plants from hungry squirrels and chipmunks. Creative people have adopted this versatile material in dozens of other clever ways, including making sculptures, baskets, picture frames and even chandeliers.

This canopy has been created with salvaged corrugated chicken-wire glass. Since glass is not bio-degradable, this is an excellent use for such an abundant material.

As for embedding chicken wire in glass, we need to go back to 1894. Coca Cola was sold in bottles for the first time and the Tower Bridge in London opened for traffic. What is the significance of these two facts to chicken wire glass? Glass-enclosed rooftops became trendy, raising concerns about breakage and safety.

But innovative glass manufacturers managed to come up with a solution. The Pilkington Group, headquartered in St. Helens, United Kingdom, was among the first to manufacture chicken wire glass that year.

The Beertown restaurants in Cambridge and Waterloo, Ontario, use amber corrugated chicken wire glass creatively as dining area sconces, and clear corrugated glass as the 'Restrooms' sign. Pebbled chicken wire glass becomes room dividers. The process consisted of sandwiching steel wire mesh between two separate ribbons of semi-molten glass and then passing “the sandwich” through a pair of metal rollers that squeezed the wire and glass together. The temperature at which the wire is embedded in the molten glass ensures cohesion between the metallic netting and the glass, and the two materials become as one.

This marriage creates a glass of extraordinary strength. A quarter-inch-thick piece is just as strong as a half-inch-thick piece of ordinary glass. It will not shatter like plate or skylight glass, thus it is often used for overhead work where falling shards would create danger.

The Acqua Al 2 restaurant in Washington, DC, uses hammered chicken wire glass to cover storage areas. Casement windows are made from a patchwork of chicken wire glass of various textures. In addition, chicken wire glass is a good fire retardant; the wire mesh keeps glass shards from falling, thereby preventing flames from spreading.

It is practically burglar-proof and missile proof, which is why you’ll see chicken wire glass used in schools, banks, museums, prisons, airports and jewelry shops. You can also find it in interior glass screens, partitions, balustrades, display windows and showcases.

Beyond its practical safety benefits, chicken wire glass is valued for its beauty.  Chicken wire glass can be made with a maize-like design, ribbed, rough-rolled or as a clear polished plate. Dimensions vary. A piece can be 1/4, 3/8 or 1/2-inch thick, up to 40 inches wide, and up to 100 inches long. The wire is so thoroughly covered that rust or corrosion are highly unlikely.

Additionally, this type of glass intercepts 99 percent or more of incoming ultraviolet rays, protecting furniture near windows from discoloration caused by exposure to direct sunlight. If you don’t like shutters, this is the glass for you. It also provides good sound insulation.

If you feel like chicken…

If you’re interested in incorporating chicken wire glass in your renovation or building project, check out our inventory here. And lots more info on our specialized glass site.

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Art Deco Weekend in Miami Beach

If you’re in the Miami Beach area this weekend, we’re set up at the Art Deco Weekend show at 12th Street and Ocean Drive, right across the street from the Tides Hotel. Click here for more information. Come on down!

SATURDAY (JANUARY 18, 2014) 10 AM – 11 PM
SUNDAY (JANUARY 19, 2014) 10 AM – 8 PM

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Create a custom look with chicken wire glass

apartmentFrom coastal California homes to Pulino’s restaurant in the Bowery district of Manhattan, vintage chicken wire glass is being used as a design element in a number of creative and unique ways.

Originally manufactured to provide durability, stability and security to industrial or commercial buildings such as schools and fire stations, this industrial grade glass has a network of wire molded into it, making it strong and shatter resistant.

In addition, the variety of netting shapes and glass textures make chicken wire a versatile design choice, especially if you want to evoke a nostalgic feel or country theme in your home. Choose from clear, textured, pebbled or hammered glass and a wormy, square or hexagonal netting design.

Savvy homeowners are using this glass in almost every room of the house. Whether your style is Country French, Classic White or Modern/Industrial, you can create a one-of-a-kind custom kitchen using chicken wire glass. Show off your crystal or copper cookware by replacing solid cupboard doors with glass. Design an open and airy pantry with chicken wire glass doors. The effect works well on curio hutches and china cabinets in the dining room too.

starbucks2Carry the look into the living room, family room or office. Protect your books, TV, stereo equipment and keepsake decorative items by using chicken wire glass doors on your shelves. The wine cellar is a natural for this beautiful glass.

And think about adding chicken wire glass doors to the cabinet above the bathroom toilet.

To let light into your home while sustaining privacy, consider using chicken wire glass on your French doors or skylights. This type of glass is a sturdy and wise choice for patio or balcony enclosures. We’ve even seen a vintage barn that incorporated chicken wire glass doors.

On the commercial side, Starbucks in New York City uses chicken wire glass panels as space dividers. Cata Restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side features a patchwork of chicken wire glass textures in their exterior windows, while The Arlington Club on the Upper East Side has an atrium skylight and soffit above the bar made with pebbled chicken wire glass.

The Acqua Al 2 restaurant in Washington, D.C., uses hammered chicken wire glass to cover storage areas. Its casement windows are also made from a patchwork of chicken wire glass of various textures.

One Manhattan apartment created a canopy with salvaged corrugated chicken wire glass, while the Diane von Fustenburg showroom designed an unusual awning with corrugated chicken wire glass retrieved from the Philadelphia Naval yard.

Ready to try some in your next renovation or building project? Olde Good Things carries a wide variety of vintage chicken wire glass: clear, pebbled, hammered, ribbed, wormy square, aqua pebbled or textured. We can cut your order to size. A cutting fee may be applicable depending on order size. Samples are available upon request.

Aqua pebbled
 Amber Corrugated
Textured Chicken Wire

Ribbed Chicken Wire
Wormy Chicken Wire
Clear Chicken Wire

Things to know about ordering vintage glass:

  • The wire twists in chicken wire glass run top to bottom, the direction of the height. When requesting a quote please provide your dimensions as width x height.
  • With all our glass products, we can do cut-outs, drill holes and cut to your template patterns. Templates must be provided in a rigged material.
  • All our glass is reclaimed vintage material, and most has been used, so expect signs of age from exposure to weather and use.
  • Minimum order $300.
  • Samples are available.



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What is corrugated glass?

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Corrugated glass Awning

Corrugated glass is one type of industrial and commercial glass that was once used almost exclusively in factories. Because of its strength, and ability to diffuse light and shadow to help increase privacy and security, it was in high demand during the early industrial revolution.

Corrugation is a form of folding that can add strength and stability to cardboard boxes, flexibility and drainage to metal awnings and roofs, and light refraction and diminished visibility to glass. Corrugated boxes, metal, and glass can bare heavier loads, and corrugated glass is thicker and more shatter resistant than regular flat glass of the same height and length.

In 1926, a United States patent was awarded to Walter Cox and Arno Shuman of the Philadelphia Wire Glass Company for the process that makes corrugated glass. The process of making corrugated glass is as follows:

·         Place a crimped sheet of wire netting on a lengthwise corrugated table.

·         Corrugate the sheet of wire by passing over it a corrugated roll.

·         Embed the sheet of wire in the center of a corrugated sheet of glass by rolling the sheet of corrugated glass along the table, holding the netting, with the roller.

Fortunately, there is also some information contained within the patent that gives us some details about what makes corrugated glass so special.

Corrugated Glass AwningAccording to US Patent US1156214 A, “Evidently the sheet is possessed of great mechanical strength. The distance from center to center of the corrugations is considerable and may be measured by saying that it is at least three times the thickness of the glass.” The patent also states that because a sheet of chicken wire mesh is pressed between each sheet of glass, the glass is thick but flexible which makes it ideal for use in industrial settings.

This glass is one-of-a-kind and because it was only made during the height of America’s industry period, the original, high quality corrugated glass is no longer in production. That means that every piece of corrugated glass made is a rare, high demand home décor item that can only be purchased from salvage experts who have the experience to safely and carefully remove the glass, the room to store the glass, and the skill and creativity to repurpose the glass into new glass panes, decorative pieces, tables, partitions, awnings, or anything else they can think of. One such salvage company is Olde Good Things.

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Visit us at the fall High Point Market

At this very moment Olde Good Things is featuring our Altered Antiques at the High Point Spring Market Trade Show. The show began October 19, 2013 and will continue until the 24th. So come by and see the true beauty of our pieces in person. This show is open to the trade only.

Olde Good Things is located Booth I-528 & I-540

The Suites At Market Square

200 West Commerce Avenue

High Point NC 27260-4908

Get directions

High Point Market ‘First time to the Market resource


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Madison Grand Opening Event


We would like thank each of you that could make it to our Grand Opening Walk-Through Event last Thursday, October 8th. We ate, drank, took funny pictures together, and most importantly celebrated the opening of our 5TH STORE IN MANHATTAN.

If you were not able to make it do not worry! We will be hosting more events like this one in the near future just stay tuned to our email alerts. For now enjoy the pictures above and please keep in touch by visiting one of our seven stores nationwide.

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