Architectural find of the week: Historic limestone friezes from Philadelphia Civic Center

In 1931, the Philadelphia Civic Center became the center of the arts as well as a gathering place for conventions, concerts, and sporting events. It included a museum which showcased the different trade and commerce practices from around the world, a concert venue, and a convention center. The Civic Center was influenced by the Art Deco movement; it featured several enormous and beautifully carved limestone friezes.

Philadelphia Convention Hall or Civic Center as seen prior to demolition

Philadelphia Convention Hall or Civic Center as seen prior to demolition

One of these wonderfully crafted friezes was dedicated to music. One of the functions of the Philadelphia Civic Center was a concert venue. The Beatles and Rolling Stones brought in thousands of music lovers to the center as one of the U.S. tour stops with their tickets selling out within hours. It also hosted the Jackson 5 in 1970 and the Grateful Dead in 1974 and again in 1984 as part of its music history. It because musically obsolete when another concert venue was build nearby in the 1960s. This frieze was one of the first to sell once Olde Good Things reclaimed it from the facade of Convention Hall.

The 7 piece Music Frieze was carefully removed

The 7 piece Music Frieze was carefully removed

Part of the history of the Philadelphia Civic Center was that it was once a museum that was home to several different items from around the world.  It held textiles, ceremonial masks and robes from around Africa, archaeological items from areas of the world such as Egypt, as well as showcased handmade fishing nets, and other anthropologically significant pieces from places such as the Philippines, China, and South America. This is one of the reasons that quite a few of the friezes included in the creation of the Civic Center were of the different continents of the world. It was to be a cultural center as well as a meeting place.

The continents of the world are the subject of several friezes removed

The continents of the world are the subject of several friezes removed

A few of the elaborate friezes incorporated aspects of transportation, engineering, and manufacturing. The main mode of transportation when this building was built was trains and ships which transported goods around the world. It was these modes of transportation that brought the goods that were created in a factory, and then taken to ports all around the world to be sold or used to make other goods.

In 2005, when the Philadelphia Civic Center was demolished, Olde Good Things reclaimed the detailed architectural pieces. Their restoration team took great care in the removal of each of the colossal pieces, including a round ornamental frieze of the Philadelphia seal.


Each piece was carefully removed from the face of the building using lifts to guide them down to the ground to be transported to the Olde Good Things warehouse to be stored. These spectacular specimens of art, music, and commercial history are currently available for purchase and can be viewed on the Olde Good Things website.

See them at this link…

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Really big shows

For serious antique buyers and dealers, as well as those who just want take a look at what the different vendors have to offer, traveling antique shows are a high point of the season. Olde Good Things travels to distant locations to allow the general public and antique lovers to view their wares without having to travel great distances to one of their store locations. As summer turns to fall, and as antique shows pop up around the country. Olde Good Things will be offering a variety of their goods at five locations from the East Coast to the Mid West and Texas.

One of our more recent shows at the Baltimore Flower Mart

One of our more recent shows at the Baltimore Flower Mart

Texas Antique Weekend

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OGT at Warrenton, TX Show

You can find Olde Good Things at the Texas Antique weekend at the Hillcrest Inn located in Warrenton, TX from 9/24 to 10/4/2015. Here you can find a selection of reclaimed lighting options, antique and altered antique furnishings, architectural treasures such as mantel pieces, and our famous mirrors and wall panels that were created by Olde Good Things craftsmen out of such various  reclaimed materials such as ceiling tin, old wood moldings and roofing copper. If you are in the area for this event, stop on by and see if anything they have to offer sparks your inner interior designer’s imagination.

Junk Bonanza

Come see us at the Fall Junk Bonanza event

Come see us at the Fall Junk Bonanza event

Another location that you can spot the Olde Good Things truck at will be at the Junk Bonanza at Cantebury Park in Shakopee, MN from 9/24 to 9/26/2015. Don’t let the name of the event fool you. Here you can find hidden treasures that would be perfect for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or living or work space. You may just find that special piece that you have been looking for. That ultimate look that you have been yearning to create.

Burton Antique Market

Burton Antique Market, Burton, OH

Burton Antique Market, Burton, OH

On September 26, 2015 in Burton, Ohio, the Burton Antique Market will be another place that Olde Good Things will be. A one day event that is exciting and chock full of neat olde stuff.  Here you can see just a portion of what we have to offer at our many store locations. You can find an exceptional selection of our repurposed furnishings, especially the ceiling tin mirrors and panels, and many other select re-purposed items that Olde Good Things has to offer to create the ideal look that you are hoping to create.


New York Big Flea

NY Big Flea Market NYC

NY Big Flea Market NYC

On Pier 94 in Manhattan, NY on 9/26 and 09/27/2015, Olde Good Things will be bringing some of their Altered Antiques® to the area’s biggest flea market.  As well as a great selection of industrial chic and architectural antique items.  Whether you are going there to take in all the beautiful antique finds of days gone by, to find a special gift or the perfect piece for the empty space on your coffee table or for your bedroom décor, you might find that piece at the Olde Good Things booth. Come over and take a look around. You may just find your inspiration.

Randolf Street Market

See us at Randolf St!

See us at Randolf St!

On the weekend of September 26 and 27, 2015 in Chicago, you can peruse through all of the indoor and outdoor vendors. Olde Good Things will have a spot there where antique lovers alike can stop by and take a look at the wonderful, unique items that they have brought to showcase at the last show of the season. Here you may just find the perfect dressing table for your bedroom, or a beautifully made farm table that would look amazing in your kitchen. They also have many smaller items to buy to put on your desk, mantel, or even bookshelf to give it that special touch.  And of course, Olde Good Things always has an architectural element or two, which could highlight that perfect spot in your garden, this time we’re featuring a lady frieze from the a turn of the century Times Square building.

So if you are looking for something to do for the weekend of September 26th and 27th, join us at one of these exciting five seasonal antique shows and flea markets and see what treasure you can find. Enjoy the weather, grab a bite to eat from the concession stand or food vendors, and see what you can find to make your personal space just that much more special. Olde Good Things may just have the piece that you have been searching for.


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Architectural Find of the Week: Killer Pillars

Olde Good Things is a company well known for finding antique treasures, reclaiming, restoring or re-purposing their finds, and offers it to the general public to add to their own personal collection. These finds are from primarily New York metropolitan buildings that are to be demolished and would otherwise go to a landfill where it would be covered with unwanted refuse. There is so much that can be said for walking into a stately building built in a different era and seeing what they had found beautiful. Olde Good Things sees the beauty in the old, revitalizes the piece, and showcases it to people who are looking for a touch of elegance, whimsy, and unique.

One such architectural gem that has been reclaimed by Olde Good things are these stately heavy cast iron light posts that were created during the beautiful Beaux Arts movement by New York’s own J.L. Mott Iron Works. These magnificent light posts stand 15 feet tall and were found in front of an old warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. These monumental lights have neoclassical features that were popular during the last part of 1800s up until the Great Depression in the late 1920s.

These ornate heavy cast iron light posts features Greco-Roman column elements with ornamental bases that create an elegant, yet eclectic neoclassical design. Several banks, museums, and government buildings which were made during the Beaux Arts movement in the United States featured such amazing lighting choices that were later thought to be ostentatious. Having a monumental piece from a bygone era would lend a touch of classical ambiance to old and new structures. With such historical and architectural significance, it is a true New York diamond in the rough. These cast iron marvels are currently at the Scranton, PA location where they are awaiting a new home.

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Hidden Treasures in New York City

Madison 5When looking for beautiful antiques to fill your home or office, you could look for the perfect piece in small antique shops in even smaller towns. But when you live in New York City, you can find unique beauty in altered antiques® at Olde Good Things. There are four different Manhattan locations offering amazing pieces reclaimed from older buildings such as the historic iconic Flatiron building and the Toy building located at 200 Fifth Avenue. The fixtures and windows retrieved were then cleaned and made into beautiful pieces that’ll upgrade your home or work space into an earth friendly, trendy work of art. These pieces range from gorgeous mirrors repurposed from reclaimed copper clad windows, and elegant light fixtures.

At our location on 5 East 16th Street in Union Square, you can find a handmade farm or industrial table that would make a great conversation piece while enjoying food, family, and friends. You may also find some amazing tin tiles that would be just right to enhance your apartment, home or office walls. You can also find a great selection of incomparable light fixtures that can add a touch of class to any area. The Union Square location has two levels as well as a mezzanine of brilliantly recycled antiques that can add that little extra something to any room you are looking to furnish.

The location in Chelsea, 124 West 24th Street, is the first Olde Good Things we opened in Manhattan.  Our largest store, it has a relaxed, eclectic flea market feel when you walk in the door. Come in and take your time browsing the wide range of restored and repurposed items such as antique furniture from the 1930s, as well as metal furniture like metal desks and filing cabinets. This location offers the largest selection of original hardware, as well as doors and mantels.  Each piece is saved from a landfill fate and offered to the general public for use in any home or office environment. Also, don’t let the “For Lease” sign mislead you, we are open for business and are not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

At the Olde Good Things 302 Bowery location, there are two levels of reclaimed and altered antiques®. Here you’ll discover an assortment of chandeliers, a wide range of practical as well as interesting accent pieces including handmade and industrial furnishings.  You’ll find architectural pieces including beautiful stained glass that will enhance the appeal of any room. We have an eclectic array of seating, tables and lighting all aimed at Restaurant entrepreneurs who may be refashioning their eating places, since this location is right in the heart of the restaurant supply district.  You’ll find hook racks, round accent tables, and amazing reclaimed building stones and artefacts from New York skyscrapers.

The Madison Avenue store located at 149 Madison Avenue has an astounding 5600 sq. ft. of open floor filled with a breathtaking treasure hoard of opulent lighting, antique mirrors, decorative art, pottery, and industrial and European finds. There is even a smaller upper level that offers a selection of marble mantels and eclectic artwork you can add to any living space to make it unique.

Imagine what treasures you can find at any of the Olde Good Things locations. With four stores within near walking distance in New York City, you don’t have to spend all day finding the right piece for you. Walk in, take a look around, and uncover beautiful and historical pieces that will transform your home or office into a conversation starter.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for at one location, take the Olde Good Things Walk and visit each of the four locations. You may even put together a package finding different pieces at multiple locations!  What a great way to shop, come join in the excitement and fun of shopping at Olde Good Things, Manhattan, the “most interesting stores in NYC…”


Do the "Olde Good Things Walk" in NYC

Do the “Olde Good Things Walk” in NYC

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August 2015 California Container

For all of you connoisseurs on the west coast, our shipment of fine architectural and altered antique items has arrived at our California location.   Once it is off-loaded, we will unveil a fresh shipment of  a wide variety of merchandise including all the reclaimed manufactured home furnishings you’ve grown to love, along with salvaged architectural treats from the east coast.  We hope you’ll come to see us this week (should be unloaded Monday, August 10th).  Call us for updates!  We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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


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A little piece of New York City

23rd and broadway and fifth

Over the years Olde Good Things has done a number of salvage jobs, removing architectural details from famous buildings all over.  Among our many finds are copper clad windows from well-known skyscrapers in New York City.

Among them are the famous Flatiron Building and ‘Toy Building’ at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street both adjacent to each other.  Pictured here are both  buildings, the Flatiron in the center and 200 Fifth Avenue in the bottom right with arched top windows at the crown of the building.  Below is one of these arches beautifully repurposed and installed at Cata Restaurant in the East Village, 245 Bowery in New York City.

Arched top window frame repurposed as a distressed mirror at Cata Restaurant

Many windows were removed from this location which once housed the International Toy Center and is now home to the largest Italian Marketplace in the world, Eataly.  Many sizes of these window frame mirrors are available, including a vertical version, perfect for a dressing mirror, just inquire.

One of our great finds are the copper clad windows from the Toy Building’s neighbor, the Flatiron Building, one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, and a quintessential symbol of New York City.  Own a piece of New York history!  We have a limited supply of these mirrors available, which can be purchased online or at any of our New York stores.

Mirror made from Historic Flat Iron Building window

Mirror made from Historic Flat Iron Building window

People the world over travel to New York City and can always be seen photographing this iconic building and many have purchased these window mirrors to install them in their homes.  This Flatiron window mirror is now the main focal point in a recently renovated apartment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Another window removal was from a building which is adjacent to the famous original Macy’s Department Store at Herald Square called the Hotel McAlpin.  When opened in 1912 it was the largest hotel in the world.  Of course it has undergone a series of renovations.  In 1989 it underwent a condo conversion during which all the original windows were replaced.

The Hotel McAlpin or McAlpin House  at 34th Street Herald Square

The Hotel McAlpin or McAlpin House at 34th Street Herald Square

OGT salvaged over 700 windows in various sizes from this location.

The windows were carefully removed in a renovation done over 10 years ago.

The windows were carefully removed in a renovation done over 10 years ago.

Below you see them repurposed and made into mirrors and installed in a restaurant called “The Pump” in Manhattan.


Hotel McAlpin window frames now turned into decorative mirrors at “The Pump” restaurant in NYC.

Add a piece of New York history to your home, office, or commercial space decor.  Click here for our web site or inquire at 888-233-9678 about various sizes and availability.




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Olde Good Things accents Rio apartments

It’s always a great compliment to have your work reviewed in globally renowned publications.  Well designers and architects, Beto Figuiredo and Luiz Eduardo Almeida of Ourico Arquitetura E Design, a Rio de Janeiro design firm, have had their work  featured more than once in CASA VOGUE, a Brazilian decorators’ favorite.  CASA Vogue Cover

Not only do these designers have their own natural flair for bringing tropical chic to otherwise simple modern designs, they also have a loyal base of discerning customers who love to shop with them at their favorite New York shops and incorporate the old with the new to spice modern layouts and give them a distinct look.

Beto has shopped Olde Good Things for quite a few years and has purchased all the right finishing touches to make his apartment redo’s have this standalone style.  Here you’ll see two of his and Luiz’ renovations, both incorporating Olde Good Things accents, photographs used courtesy of CASA VOGUE and taken by photographer, Cristiano Mascaro.

Mirror made from Historic Flat Iron Building window

Mirror made from Historic Flat Iron Building window

Old factory holophanes make for great pendants

Old factory holophane lights make for great pendants

Here you see a second renovation also featured in CASA VOGUE.  Beto accented this apartment with 1930’s industrial and school house lighting purchased from Olde Good Things.  Also from us, some seating, incidental lighting, and altered antiques including a huge horizontally hung window mirror from the Toy Building which now features Eataly, one of the favorite Italian Eateries in NYC.

One of the articles in CASA VOGUE featuring Ourico Arquitectura

One of the articles in CASA VOGUE featuring Ourico Arquitetura

Olde Good Things is a great source for designers the world over to find many types of incidental accents for any decorative renovation.  We invite you to come shop with us.

We also ship anywhere.  So come, design, and build with Olde Good Things.

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Nomad Mexicue: Tin Roofing Reuse

With an abundance of places to dine out in New York,  you can only assume that as new restaurants crop up, they are always looking for a unique strategy to attract clientele.  Well Mexicue Kitchen and Bar is no exception, first they arrived at an exclusive menu inspired by two of America’s favorite comfort foods: Mexican & BBQ.  They took the flavorful tastes of Mexico and blended them with smoky bbq flavors to create a mouthwatering union.  Although the food is most important at any dining establishment, the atmosphere and decor has to be top notch to spark the interest of the hungry public who have the choice of 24,000 restaurants at which to dine in New York City alone.

Restaurant designers often shop Olde Good Things looking for the unique unconventional items that will make their restaurant just a little different than the next establishment.  Mexicue designers opted to go with a warm, rustic look with an industrial flair and went shopping to find just the look they wanted to accent the reclaimed wooden planks and copper window mirrors used for decorating their Nomad location.


They made a call to Olde Good Things and shopped no further, expected in:  corrugated roofing tin from atop a Manhattan building with that rusty look warm enough to complement the pine plank wall covering.

Galvanized tin sheet metal once protected this small mechanical shack a top a Mid-town skyscraper.  Now showing weathered wear from years of exposure to the elements, it was time to make way for the new and dispose of the old, rusty metal that once protected the small structure.

Hearing of the salvage opportunity, Olde Good Things was on the scene to remove the sheet metal and give it a chance for re-use.



Mexicue was on the hunt for this very look and when they called OGT they hoped to locate the materials.  Well fortunately for them the materials were just in – and the same day it came off, it was delivered to their new 25th and 5th Nomad location just in time to complete the look they wanted.

Reclaimed galvanized tin now reused to cover the facade of the bar

Reclaimed galvanized tin now reused to cover the facade of the bar

Come dine and enjoy the comfort food, atmosphere and design of the Nomad Mexicue location.  And when you’re looking for just the right look for your next restaurant project, shop Olde Good Things, we just may have what you’re looking for!




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A piece of Paris History: Repurposing Vintage Street Lights

paris_street_lightAn ancient and historic city, Paris is the sparkling central gem in the crown of Europe. Known to all as the City of Lights, Paris is a criss-crossing capitol comprised of smaller cities joined together by their love of fine food, joy, and the passion one finds around every corner.

For many years, along the winding footpaths and cobblestone alleyways and narrow paved streets, Parisians and tourists could see the sights and explore the intimate nooks and crannies of the city; their way lit by large globe street lights.

Today, with the crucial need for bright lights and cost-effective infrastructure, Paris has replaced many of their antique and vintage street lights with new LED bulbs.

Though need has outweighed history, Paris knew it couldn’t just dispose of their old lights —no, they knew these beautiful, classic holophane lamps could be owned and loved by those who adore the city as much as they do.

Original Street Lamp pictured here in Paris

Original Street Lamp pictured here in Paris

Olde Good Things has just acquired a limited supply of these fantastic holophane globes, ready to be transformed into great contemporary lighting for either a residential or commercial application. These globe lamps are available with a steel pole or with a chain for use as a large pendant light.

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These globes can be simply repurposed as light fixtures and glimmering conversation pieces, in your kitchen over your central island, or in your dining room over your table. Imagine enjoying a meal with those you love while the light of Paris shines down upon you. Not only that, these antique lamps would be spectacular lighting pieces for screened-in porches, outdoor entertainment spaces, or shining, shimmering ballrooms! With these genuine architectural historical pieces, the sky’s the limit!


Bring a piece of the City of Lights into your home or office, and create an atmosphere of Parisian charm with the flick of a switch.

To own your very own piece of Parisian history, contact the customer service professionals at Olde Good Things, and be sure to peruse our online inventory for other gorgeous light fixtures.


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Strength and Beauty: Reclaimed Iron

In the mid to late 1800s, Scranton, Pennsylvania was known the world over as an industrial hub; home to coal mining, innovations in electric power, and iron works. Since then, Scranton has moved away from its industrial roots, and many of the old buildings, factories, and railroads are left to molder and rust beneath the ever-changing NEPA weather.

If you’ve ever visited our Scranton, Pennsylvania location, you’ve probably been awed by our vast yard filled to exploding with iron fencing and railing. OGT has spent many hundreds of hours salvaging wrought iron, hand-hammered iron, and industrial iron from buildings across the country—so much so that many of our customers are overwhelmed by the vastness and the variety of styles available.

Our vast iron yard in Scranton Pennsylvania is filled with many varieties of architectural iron

Our vast iron yard in Scranton Pennsylvania is filled with many varieties of architectural iron

Reusing Reclaimed Iron

At OGT we know that just because something looks old or broken it doesn’t mean it can’t come to life again. Old rusty iron gates or railings don’t have to stay rusty, and they don’t have to just be gates or railings! You can repurpose exterior railings or gates for interior redesign projects. A section of old railing can be sandblasted and painted and installed as the railing for a balcony. Or a pair of old iron gates can be cleaned, welded together, and reused as a partition to break up a large space.

Here you see just one of those varieties – some very simple hoop and loop style fencing.

Hoop and loop style fencing is just one of the many varieties of antique fencing we have salvaged

Hoop and loop style fencing is just one of the many varieties of antique fencing we have salvaged

One of our customers knew this was the look they wanted for their outside terrace and garden of their home.  Once it was simply a section of salvaged fencing in our vast yard and now sandblasted and refinished – it is set up and installed at their home. Take a look for yourself.








Updating Your Outdoor Spaces

Iron has strength, and once heated and crafted by master iron workers, it can become something beautiful. If your garden is a whitewashed ‘blah’ of stone, why not add an iron trellis; leafy vines and vining flowers weaving with your reclaimed iron to create a breathtaking conversation piece. A reclaimed and cleaned iron gate can be the perfect addition to your outdoor entryways and walkways—secure, strong, and stylish.

Not convinced? Visit our online inventory of iron fencing and railings here. Or take a tour of our Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse location and see for yourself. Beneath the rust and years, these reclaimed iron pieces have a strength and beauty just waiting for you to uncover.

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