The test of time

Nothing accents new design projects better than an old piece of architectural beauty given new dimension and life.  Here is an old steeple clock, six foot in diameter which has been refurbished and given that new dimension in this high end residential redo in Hollywood by Julie Berchtold of Berchtold Harris, a design / build firm located in Los Angeles.

Six foot diameter bronze clock face overlooks the dining room table

The clock face is solid bronze and is over 100 years old.  Here you see it up and running as a center piece to this vast open living area.

The clock face forms the center piece of this vast living area

Although the living area is ultra modern, the back-lit and now fully functional antique clock fits right in as it has stood the test of time.  Julie found this clock at our Grand Ave. Los, Angeles location and had the vision for it’s renewal in this penthouse apartment.   Take a look at this project and many others on her web site at this link.  Come visit us at one of our six locations and find that perfect piece for your next design project.

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Springtime at the Brimfield Antiques Market 2015

Brimfield, MA:   Stutervants North – May 11-May 17, 2015
Mays Antique Market – May 14-May 16, 2015

It’s time for the famous Spring 2015 Brimfield Antiques Market.  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 May 11 until the end of the market, Sunday, May 17th.  We also will be set up at Mays Antique Market starting Thursday May 14th through May 16th.  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

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Pair of life sized marble angels

 

 

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Customer Showcase: Frankfurt Bar Redo

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.  The Gibson Clubs designer, Madjid Djamegari wanted a 1920’s style for this project so he traveled to New York and discovered Olde Good Things for the first time.  Here 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

Included in this transformation are copper lights hanging from 100 year old reclaimed tin ceiling.  These fixtures form the subtle lighting over the bar area and were actually once backstage lights at the 1930’s Philadelphia Convention Hall in Philadelphia.  The table tops were custom made from reclaimed copper and galvanized sheet metal and were built in our custom furniture shop in Pennsylvania.  Much of the seating was supplied by Olde Good Things including the swivel top stools, 1940’s leather couch and mahogany banker’s chairs.

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.

Even the small wall lights once laced the walls of the New York City Subway system.  More items not pictured included some vintage bathroom pedestal sinks and reclaimed doors.  Olde Good Things actually has four stores in New York City  as well as one in downtown Los Angeles and two huge warehouses in Scranton Pennsylvania.  All these locations have a unique variety of merchandise perfect for a restaurant, commercial or residential redo just like you see here.

Take a look at our vast inventory online and come shop with us for ideas and accessories for your next design project.

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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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