Holiday Shopping List: Vintage Andirons

Marilyn Monroe once said, “I don’t want everybody to see exactly where I live, what my sofa or my fireplace looks like. If only she knew about OGT andirons…. She may have changed her mind.

As we waltz into this holiday season, OGT brings an incredible selection of statement pieces for your hearth. With many people preferring simple, functional log holders, Andirons may not be typical, but isn’t that more reason to pay attention?

Forged in the late Iron Age, andirons are the oldest fireplace accessory. Andirons lift the wood from the ground, increasing air circulation, yielding a better burn. Initially, basic designs adhered to their practical use. However, art infiltrates all aspects of life and it wasn’t long before the hearth was no different. By the medieval era, blacksmiths had begun adding minor decoration to andiron guards and the trend continued…

Renaissance designers, inspired by ancient Greek and Roman statues, casted beautiful figurative pieces, while the 18th century metal workers depicted animals such as horses, griffins and dragons. Metal began to deviate as well, morphing from ferrous wrought iron to brass, bronze, and even precious silver. By the 19th century, andirons were not just a practical addition to the home, but adornment for the centerpiece that the hearth was and always will be.

As the temperature drops, we too turn to the fireplace. Online and in-store we present andirons ranging from gothic to early American designs in brass, bronze and wrought iron. One pair, found at our store in the Bowery, features wrought iron horse heads holding a ring.

j149263Online, one can find a French pair with flame finials (item number M215442).

m215442Or even a clean but classic design featured in brass (item number K190674).

k190674Bronze, brass, or wrought iron, antique andirons are a beautiful compliment to your hearth and home. If only Marilyn had known…

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Holiday California Container


Holiday Conatiner

It’s that time again!  A container full of amazing Olde Good Things has just landed at our LA location.  Yes, a fresh selection of antique ceiling tin mirrors, panels, reclaimed farm tables and altered antiques.  As well as architectural finds from years gone by.

Stop by our South Grand Avenue store today and get the best selection.  Hope to see you there!

1800 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90015
213-746-8600 or 8611
213-210-7675 cell
Mon – Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Sun 10 am to 6 pm

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Latest arrival – salvaged milk bottles handsilvered to make a great look

It’s that time again.

…A time to transform your home into something festive, but not at all tacky, and this holiday season OGT will be your best friend.

First up we have hand-silvered old milk bottles.

Great holiday idea... hand-silvered vintage milk bottles

Great holiday idea… hand-silvered vintage milk bottles

Foraging for goodies in an old Brooklyn dairy, we found a batch of beautiful bottles made in 1954. Looking closely at the glass, a few, inscribed with Forest Lake Dairy, have a gorgeous pink hue.

Old salvaged milk bottles available at Olde Good Things

Old salvaged milk bottles available at Olde Good Things

For all of them, the shape is what sets them apart. A design first patented in the early 1900s, there is a bulb at the top of the bottle, a visually quirky and entirely practical addition designed to collect the cream as it separated from the milk.

IMG_5403The patent for cream top bottles was first assigned to the Cream Top Bottle Corporation in 1925, and the size of the bulb was typically one fifth of the entire bottle. Apparently there was a bit of science that went into this ratio. The Cream Top Bottle Corporation stated that “milk with 3.5% butterfat test was sufficient to fill the cream bulb with cream and the separated cream would be 22 to 27% butter fat.“

Cream Top milk bottles were sold at a similar price as the conventional ones however the dairyman had to pay an annual licensing fee to the Cream Top Bottle Corporation. In exchange, the Cream Top Bottle Corporation would give the dairyman exclusive rights in his territory to sell milk in Cream Top bottles.

The Cream Top Bottle Corporation claimed many advantages for their bottles.  Since they were only allowed to be used by one dairy in a given territory, they were easily identified and difficult for other dealers to steal and use.  The Corporation also claimed that their bottles would experience less breakage due to their design AND that this unique design would discourage consumers from keeping bottles for preserving foods (a common problem with regular milk bottles) or storing other liquids.

Advantages or not… in 1933 the annual licensing fee was challenged in court and not upheld, opening the door for more manufacturers and designs to follow (i.e. the MODERN top milk bottle and the baby top milk bottle).

The bottles we found are not only Cream top milk bottles, but “space-saving,” due to their square shape. While the manufacturer is not listed, we know Lamb Glass Company was making square bottles during this time.

We loved the shape and the story and true to Olde Good Things style, we wanted to add another layer.


Our warehouse in Scranton is home to some truly talented craftsmen. Some make tables, some make tin mirrors and some use the old world way to silver antique glass by hand (more on that process to come!).


After a few weeks in the warehouse… VOILA! Something old and something new; A timeless piece perfect as personal décor or glorious gift. These beautiful bottles can be found online or in any of our stores. To inquire or purchase click here!


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Design element of the week: Massive bronze room divider

Here’s Mid-Century Modern design at it’s height. This solid cast bronze room divider has alternating pod shaped sculpted bronze parts in a thick frame and was conceived in the minds of a group of architects in 1959. It was constructed starting in July 1962 and completed in 1964.

Completion of this massive cast bronze room divider took place in 1964

Completion of this massive cast bronze room divider took place in 1964

Design and planning consultants Victor Gruen worked with King & King Architects and coordinating architects Gordon Schoper Ketcham-Miller-Arnold. This amazing room divider can be assembled as one long unit or two sections on an angle. Total length 209 inches, it consists of two sections, one 101 inch long and one 108 inch long.

Originally this piece was salvaged from the lobby of the Public Safety Building in Syracuse, New York. Below you see it in this original setting.


This amazing piece can be seen at our Madison Avenue location at 149 Madison Avenue in New York City.

For more information or to inquire click here.

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Lucky Finds for the Home

Olde Good Things will be showcasing its altered antique and unique finds at the last outdoors Fall Clover Market. This Sunday November 8, 2015.
Location: 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr PA
Time: 10-5 PM, rain or shine
Vendors & Locations: 11-8-15BMVendorLocations.pdf
Market Map: BrynMawrMap.pdf

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Come visit Olde Good Things at Clover Market




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From ruins to reuse. Find your fireplace at Olde Good Things

This shabby looking dilapidated mansion recently was slated for demolition.  Of course, the salvage team at Olde Good Things was on the scene to see what treasures they could uncover prior to it’s demise.

Once a beautiful mansion, here seen prior to demolition

Once a beautiful mansion, here seen prior to demolition

Well they didn’t have to look far, almost every major room in this once stately home revealed carved federal and french style mantels from a well-known American mantel company built at the turn of the century.

These mantels were fabricated by the E. Bradley Currier Co. in the early 1900’s.  Each one has a label with the date of manufacture, hand-crafted in the U.S.A.   These can be purchased online, just in time for mantel season.

Click on this picture to see this online

Click on this picture to see this online

Olde Good Things has the largest selection of antique marble, stone and wooden mantel pieces.  The cold of winter is coming and we’re sure we can help you warm up your surroundings with a beautiful antique fireplace surround.  Each one of our four Manhattan locations as well as our Scranton, PA warehouse and California location has a vast selection of many styles of wooden and marble mantel pieces.  From heavily carved French mantels to simple Victorian arched Brownstone marble fireplaces, we most likely have the exact piece you’ve been looking for to fit into your decor.  Both of these mantels can be seen at our Bowery location in Manhattan.

Heavily carved French oak mantel

Heavily carved French oak mantel

Simple Victorian arch marble mantel from early 1900's

Simple Victorian arch marble mantel from early 1900’s

Take a look at our inventory online or visit us today.  Think of the warmth you will enjoy this season in front of your new antique fireplace from Olde Good Things.

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Designing with nautical lighting

With a vast offering of lighting from industrial to elegant, designers find Olde Good Things a prime go-to shop for authentic original fixtures.  Of late, one of the favorites has been unique maritime lights salvaged from ocean carriers of long ago.  Here you see featured just one re-use of a honey-comb shade fox spotlight now accenting an ultra-modern living area.

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Nautical lighting offers a mix of industrial and eclectic, especially due to the use of rich looking metals like bronze and copper, often used due to their resistance to the elements.  gooseneck_sconce

This line of lighting makes for great exterior uses, especially the passage and deck lighting.  One of the favorites is the gooseneck bronze sconces.  Many of our customers have purchased these to adorn their porches, carriage houses and garages.  Available in a rounded top and flat top (pictured), also in a smaller size (see gallery below).

We also have sconces available in cast aluminum, if you prefer a more subtle color and industrial look.

Take a look at some of our new arrivals and shop our web site and stores to see the inventory.

If you really want to make a statement, perhaps a small passage light is not for you.  You can always light up your life with this huge 4-foot ship spot, or maybe even two if you prefer (we have a pair available.)


Whatever your preference, you have some choices now at Olde Good Things.  From ocean-liners, to your living room, these trendy marine lights will make great conversation pieces.  Just think of the far away countries they’ve been to and the vast oceans they’ve crossed prior to their demise; now to be re-purposed and given new dimension in your design objective.

Retiring with Grace and Style: Salvaging the Walter Keane Staten Island Ferry




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Country Living Show Atlanta 2015

Join us at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, Georgia, at Stone Mountain Park October 23-25, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. We are located at booth 189-191.

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You don’t want to miss seeing our truly unique inventory in person. Our booth will be stocked with a variety of antique tin ceiling mirrors & panels, cast iron industrial table legs, reclaimed farm tables, antique hardware, industrial lighting & much more.

Tickets are always available show days at the box office. Regular parking fees apply daily. $15 per car per day

Stone Mountain Park is located at exit 8 of US 78, just 16 miles from downtown Atlanta. Once inside the park, follow signs for the Event Meadow and Country Living Fair.

Address for GPS: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Alternative address: US Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.

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Creative and sustainable storage and shelving

Shoppers familiar with Olde Good Things have come to know our unique line of Altered Antiques.  These furnishings are fabricated from sustainable reclaimed materials and made into functional decor for the home or office.

Two tier console shelving unit with steel industrial cabriole legs and flooring top

Two tier console shelving unit with steel industrial cabriole legs and flooring top

Here are just a few of our most recent additions to this Altered Antique line.  We are specializing in storage and shelving.  The good news is, these units are customizable as well, so if you don’t see your exact dimensions, just email or call us and we’ll give you pricing on your exact specifications.

You may already be familiar with our original line of reclaimed flooring top farm and industrial wooden and metal tables.  All our altered antiques are made with the same care and workmanship in our own shops in Pennsylvania, so you can be sure you will be receiving quality, sustainable furniture made in your own backyard.

These little basket drawer side tables are also available in tall wide console with three basket shelves.


So when you are looking for some more shelving or extra drawer space for the office, take a look at the Olde Good Things line of creative storage options.  These units can be seen at any of our five retail locations, four in NYC and our vast store in Los Angeles and of course at the shop itself in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Three basket console unit with shelf

We also have a presence at Memorial Antiques and Interiors in Houston, TX, and Umbrella Home Decor at the Tomato Factory in Hopewell, NJ.  We are open to the public seven days, so come and shop and find the perfect storage idea for your decorating needs.

Two tier shelving unit at Umbrella Decor in Hopewell NJ

Two tier shelving unit made by OGT seen at Umbrella Decor in Hopewell NJ


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Table talk

It’s that time of year, table time.  And we thought we would give everyone a sneak preview at some of the new designs coming out of our shop this season.  It’s not too late to get your table before the holiday’s, so peruse our web site and take a look at some of these pictures, and help us design the perfect table for you made from reclaimed materials.

One of our favorites this season, is the maple and oak industrial flooring table tops.  These have been turning many heads and gaining more interest by our customers.  Here’s just a few samples of what we have produced.

30 in. wide bistro table made with the industrial flooring wood

30 in. wide bistro table made with the industrial flooring wood

Stainless steel screws enhance the rustic, scratched patina’d floor wood, beautifully planed and a special matte lacquer finish applied.  These tables are especially popular and can be made to size.  Here’s just a few samples:

As you can see, the patina is magnificent:

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Also, now available, reclaimed oak from old barns.  Here’s a breakfast room table 40 in. wide:

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Of course, we are still producing classic reclaimed antique white pine tables, many with extensions, like this six foot variety with 14 inch extensions and brown maple stain.

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Here’s one of the most popular white pine tables available, our “urban farm” table with Brooklyn NY cast iron legs in provincial stain.

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If you prefer a more elegant finished look, you can always opt for an American black walnut table.  Here are two recent custom samples produced in our shop:

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Remember, we stand behind all our products and guarantee the craftmanship and expertise to be exactly what you’ve grown to expect from tables manufactured by Olde Good Things.  All our tables are hand-made and produced right at our shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Take a look at our web site and you will see the many varieties of tables we have available.  You can also order your own custom table made from reclaimed and live edge woods, just email us your specifications and we’ll provide a quote for you.

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