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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 honeycomb shade fox spotlight, now accenting an ultra-modern living area.
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. 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.
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 website and stores to see the inventory.
Whatever your preference, you have some choices now at Olde Good Things. The lights above are high-quality replicas of the original marine boat lights. Please visit our nautical lighting category to view all old and new nautical lighting that is available.
Working at Home? Custom Desks to Accommodate
Today’s world has changed immensely and we at Olde Good Things are attempting to adapt according to everyone’s needs. Now that many Americans are working are home, we have developed a unique line of custom desks and tables from reclaimed wood to accommodate the need. These desks are simple in design and sustainable in nature. Our woods include reclaimed white pine, old maple, oak flooring, and live edge and straight walnut from fallen trees. They can be delivered in custom sizes to meet the specific need. Also, options include with or without drawers, which can be handmade or made from reclaimed bins. Many base options are available wooden and metal.
You can find many options on our web site and see in this gallery just a few of the options available.
If you must work at home, why not do so with a desk you love and which is carefully crafted by the artisans at Olde Good Things.
Here are samples of just a few of them:
Shop our Farm Table Etc. category for ideas for your custom wood desk.
Customer Showcase – Beach Side Boat House
Built in 1926, the boathouse is located on Long Island Sound and sits just steps off of Jordan Cove in Waterford, CT. Owned by a single family until recently, it operated as a functioning nautical storage shed and place for engine repair it’s entire life. Ancient patchwork, an original stone wall, and the occasional hand-scratched date can be found when looking inside. The new owners have worked hard to preserve all the perfect patina while adding touches of their own to make the perfect summer hideout. A hand-carved mermaid bust, vintage GE refrigerator, wooden lobster traps, and a slew of buoys encircle the beautifully crafted cedar and steel counter-height picnic table built by OGT.
The cedar planks used for this table were reclaimed from a 100-year-old water tower in New York City. As you can imagine the patina from weathering for years atop a high building make for a rich, rustic finish. More of this cedar is available at this time. So, if you are looking for a rustic outdoor table with a metal base or one that will be exposed to the elements, contact our table shop for a custom size table quote. You can also purchase the wood itself, click here.
Thank you to Erica Diskin of Assembly Design Studios for sharing her project with us.
Safety First Reopening of Olde Good Things
As the governments in both New York and Pennsylvania gingerly begin to lift restrictions on non-essential businesses, Olde Good Things will be opening on a limited “safety-first” basis to accommodate our customers with a curbside pickup in both New York City and Scranton, PA. This will go into effect starting Monday, June 8, 2020. What this means is that neither the warehouse nor the NYC stores will be open to the general public for browsing or shopping the store, but if you have ordered something online and would like to come to pick it up, we will be glad to accommodate you, just please give us a call first so we can set this up.
As of now, we will be opening our Scranton, PA locations to customers by appointment only. So please call 570-341-7668 or email us to set up an appointment before coming to the location. Our knowledgeable staff is glad to assist you in advance to possibly find what you may need prior to your appointment to reduce the time at our locations. We will not be open to the general public for browsing or shopping the warehouses, so please do not simply show up without an appointment with an actual salesperson.
Of course, you are always welcome to shop our well-stocked website and we will be glad to provide curbside pick-up at either of our Scranton locations. As is required with all public venues, face masks must be worn for your protection and the protection of the staff.
New York City
Our New York City stores are not at the appointment stage as of yet. But, the good news is, that if you do order something online and your item is at one of our stores, we will be glad to meet you there and you will be able to pick your items up. We also will be able to begin deliveries again from our New York City locations. We are also now offering the service of remote shopping via video. We’re glad to do a facetime video of the store or send you some clips especially of items you may be looking for.
Pleases stay safe and well and we’ll do our best to continue to provide you with the great “olde” good things you’ve grown to love! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon.
Notable Building Artifacts – At Olde Good Things
Recently American Way Magazine featured Olde Good Things in the “Talking Shop” section with some of our many famous building artifacts.
Bright stained glass panels by renowned modern artist Robert Sowers were carefully removed from JFK American Airlines Terminal 8 over a three month period and preserved for resale. Chandeliers, hardware, kitchenware, and much more from the Waldorf Astoria at 301 Park Avenue are still available and can be purchased here. So many more notable treasures have been reclaimed by Olde Good Things including millwork and paneled rooms from both of the fanciful penthouses of NYC philanthropists and heiresses Huguette Clark and Marjorie Merriweather Post.
For more information on these exclusive listings, view the links below.
An Iconic Stained Glass Window from JFK International Airport
Olde Good Things Salvage from the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York City
Philadelphia Civic Center Frieze Finds a New Home in Bayonne New Jersey
Prop Rentals at Olde Good Things
Not only does Olde Good Things provide the widest variety of architectural elements to both wholesale and retail markets, but many set designers also find and rent unique items for movies, television and magazine publications.
These set designers from both the East and West Coast have been renting from us for many years. We’ve provided props for high profile films, tv series, commercials, and documentaries. We’ve provided doors, furniture, lighting, and hardware for various productions of “Saturday Night Live”, “Law and Order”, “The Good Wife” and “FBI Most Wanted”, the list goes on and on. Production Houses such as NETFLIX, CBS, Paramount Pictures and Silver Cup Studios are just a few of many customers who have discovered that perfect piece to make their scenes authentic and time appropriate. Many designers setting up for events at the Jacob Javitz Center including Fashion Week Runway Shows, find perfect items to spruce up their studio sets on a short term basis.
Since there are still many designers out there who don’t realize that we provide rentals on both a short and long term basis, we are showcasing here a few designs.
For an event at the Greenpoint Waterfront, set designer, Laurel St. Romaine from Dead Flowers brought in 500 square feet of sod and made their own lawn with rented trees and plants for an event. For the furnishings, they were able to find various funky chairs from Olde Good Things.
Also, Yuval Kagan from STAMP Event Management pulled together this amazing set for an event, renting six large crystal chandeliers from Olde Good Things.
Our rental rates generally are 30% of the retail price. We rent anywhere from time periods as short as one day to up to months at a time, prorating the cost. Let us know your needs, and we’ll be glad to work with you. For more information email us at [email protected]
Olde Good Things, New York Stores
Brick & Mortar Stores
Olde Good Things had its mere beginnings in NYC during the heyday of the Chelsea Antique Market in the early 90’s and then opened its first retail store on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 1995. Today, 24 years later, you can visit our four brick and mortar retail locations, including one “pop-up” store at 71 Eighth Avenue between West 13th and 14th Street. Visit each one location and see if we don’t live up to our “humble boast” of being “the most interesting stores in New York City!” Our largest New York Store located conveniently near Union Square. This store features the largest assortment of original hardware. Our Upper West Side, Broadway location has the best assortment of marble mantels and large chandeliers and our Lower East Side, Bowery location has a wide assortment of smaller practical original lighting. Our pop-up store, 8th Ave has an interesting variety of decorative items and furniture. Come see us at each location to get the full Olde Good Things experience!
Each store has a personality of its own, with a variety of original lighting, architectural elements including mantels, doors, glass, hardware as well as our unique line of altered antique furnishings including mirrors, tables and shelving. You will also find vintage, industrial and mid-century original furniture and decorative furnishings. Presently featured in each store is a wide assortment of items reclaimed from the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is now undergoing a major renovation. You will find from this New York City landmark, original marble and wooden mantels from for instance, the “Cole Porter Suite.” You will also find doors from the “Marilyn Monroe Suite” and lighting from almost every suite and hallway as well as conference and ballroom lighting including chandeliers from the Starlight Room. Kitchen and service items available including flatware, silver plated serving bowls and platters, many with the Waldorf signature. Special feature is the bar reclaimed from the famous Bull & Bear restaurant, if interested ask here. Too many interesting things to list!
Reclaimed Vintage Wired Glass
Olde Good Things also specializes in vintage wire glass reclaimed from windows and skylights of industrial buildings and skyscrapers. You will find samples of this glass at each of the stores. Special feature at this time is huge sheets (4 ft x 7 ft) of clear chicken wire glass from Rockefeller Center. Ask about our special service of frosting this glass as well. Visit www.oldegoodglass.com for more information.
More Ways to Shop
Olde Good Things has been reclaiming architectural items for a quarter of a century. If you need doors, plumbing, stained glass, a special doorknob or plate, you could very well find exactly what you are looking for in one of these stores. But if not, don’t be dismayed, we have two vast warehouses in Scranton, Pennsylvania chock full of every architectural item imaginable as well as an extensive website with over 16,000 items at www.oldegoodthings.com. Your salesperson at the retail store, can help you find what you are looking for and possibly even arrange to bring it in on our truck that goes back and forth at least once a week.
NYC Show Truck
Hope to see you soon!
Skyscraper arising and OGT Madison is moving on
One great thing about Manhattan is it is always changing. At least some people look at it that way. Olde Good Things has mixed feelings about one of the latest rebuilds about to start right at our present location at 149 Madison Avenue. Within a few months, the building will be closing it’s doors to all present tenants to yes… do a massive renovation and build up another skyscraper (good thing Manhattan is built on bedrock!). Sadly, we’ll have to say goodbye to this fabulous location with sprawling high ceilings and huge picture windows on two sides showcasing all our neat stuff. But, since OGT is known for availing ourselves of these opportunities that fall in our path, we are taking the outlook that it’s time for us to share the benefits of moving with our loyal customers!
For the next 2 months you can now enjoy 20-40% savings on many items at our grand Madison Ave location. Perhaps there’s a light fixture or a mantel that you’ve had your eye on for some time, but just couldn’t bring yourself to pull the trigger on it. Well now is the time. Many items are generously reduced for this mutually beneficial opportunity. You love our stuff and we would rather sell our inventory than move it!
Shop Madison From Online
Make sure to call the store directly to get the NOW SALE price – 212-321-0770.
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Shop In-Store at Madison
Use the map for directions. To learn more information about our Madison Ave location, click here.
Just for your information we are avidly looking for a location in this general vicinity which would be convenient for all our present customers in the area, but if you love to wander around the city anyway and see the slight nuances between each of our Manhattan stores, we have locations at 5 E. 16th Street (Union Sq W.) and 302 Bowery (between Bleeker and Houston) and our latest addition is opening now up at 89th and Broadway at 2420 Broadway in the Upper West Side.
We hope you’ll take advantage of this great “skyscraper arising” sale at 149 Madison and at the same time do the Olde Good Things “walk” and visit all our other locations as well.
National Warehouse Slideshow
You’ve probably heard of “the most interesting stores in New York” if you’ve ever visited one of our NYC Olde Good Things locations. Well you ain’t seen nothin’ til you set foot in “the most interesting warehouse in Pennsylvania” which is chock full of reclaimed architectural items and furnishings ready for a new home. Take a look at the slide show. (This is just one of our Scranton PA locations, the other one is even bigger!) With Spring arriving it’s a great time to pay a visit!
400 Gilligan Street
Scranton, PA 18508
Mon – Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Sun 10 am to 6 pm