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Urban Treasure Hunters: Treasure Hunting Tips from Olde Good Things

Big cities provide countless hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—from ancient architectural artifacts such as tin ceiling tiles, iron gates and fireplace mantels to valuable jewelry and vintage coins, as well as hundreds of other highly sought-after collectibles.

“Treasure hunting can often turn up the most interesting and memorable items that can either be resold or repurposed for your personal use,” according to Jim DiGiacoma, from New York City’s Olde Good Things, the nation’s leading architectural salvage operation.

Olde Good Things treasure hunts and upcycles from the most prestigious New York historic hotels, Broadway theaters and prominent commercial buildings to industrial warehouses and vintage shops in order to create a most unique retail experience for the consumer, notes DiGiacoma.

You never know where you might find lost, hidden treasures. Real life examples range from precious metals found in a storage unit, to the world’s largest star sapphire, and a Civil War Colt army pistol, to an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, found at a flea market.

Salvage shops such as Olde Good Things offer a wide variety of decorative accessories.

Here are some treasure hunting tips from Olde Good Things:

  1. Visit an architectural salvage shop.
  2. Frequent your local weekend flea market or swap meet for local finds.
  3. Check out the antique stores.
  4. Go beachcombing. You never know what gadgets or jewelry you might find at the end of the day.
  5. Go dumpster diving or patrol the sidewalks on trash day. You can find nice old sofas, valuable lamps, even floor tiles or kitchen cabinets.
  6. Search your own home or that of your relatives. Tucked up in that attic crawlspace could be an old chest whose contents contain old posters, a baseball card collection or valuable paintings.
  7. Explore a thrift store such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army for old picture frames, books, and kitchen utensils.
  8. Join a modern-day treasure hunt such as the Fenn Treasure, a $2 million stash of gold coins and jewelry hidden somewhere in New Mexico by a wealthy eccentric.
  9. Invest in an unclaimed storage unit that comes up for sale.
  10. Prospect yard sales. Looking for valuable finds at yard sales has all the hallmarks of a true treasure hunt.

A huge assortment of antique brass door fixtures from Olde Good Things


Olde Good Things is the nation’s leading architectural salvage operation with four stores in New York City, one in Los Angeles and two in Scranton, PA, as well as a major online presence. For additional location information, click here.

OGT at Original Round Top Antiques Fair

2019 Fall Antique Week

New Extended Dates
Opening Monday, Sept 30th – Oct 5th


Open Daily 9 am

Mon & Tues 9am-6pm

Wed-Sat 9 am-5 pm

Buy Tickets

See our Booth This Year


Visit our Show Calendar to find out where we will be next! 

LA Mart Temporaries Market

Olde Good Things is now showcasing at The LA Mart Temporaries Wholesale Market starting Jan 18-21, 2019. Cash & carry.

We have special guest at our booth, Danny the Dinosaur. Stop by and give him a big Rawr!

Located at:

1933 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007


106 on the first floor


Junk Bonanza Minneapolis Spring 2018

Thursday, April 19
Early Bird Admission 8AM-5PM
General Admission 10AM-5PM

Friday, April 20
General Admission 9AM-5PM

Saturday, April 21
General Admission 9AM-5PM


General Admission
$10 per day (at the door only)

Early Bird Admission
$25 online (or $30 at the door)

*Children under 12 are free
*Cash and checks only at the door. ATMs available.


Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone 952-445-7223

Located 20 miles southwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport.

Around the Country With OGT: Your Go-To Source for Antiques

Never will you find another privately owned company spreading it’s handmade and antique wares across the country in one jammed packed weekend of antique fleas the way OGT will this weekend.  From Brooklyn, NY to Washington DC.  From Round Top, Texas to Chicago, IL.  From Bloomsburg, PA to Shakopee, MN.  We’re there… yes we are.  That doesn’t include our retail locations in Scranton, PA, Los Angeles and NYC where you’ll find all the usual array of architectural and handmade altered antiques you’ve grown to love and die for.


At these shows we are offering a generous discount.  Purchase any Antique Tin Mirrors & Panels and Farm Tables purchased at any of the shows below and you will receive 25% off. We value our show goers as you can see.

Make sure to connect with us on our Facebook page, we will be shooting a Live Video from the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, PA. Be the first to get a glimpse of our booth and all the Sale Inventory. Lucky for you we will be showcasing there until the October 1st.

So if you are trying to source architectural, altered or original antique items for your renovation, building project or for your home, let us know – we are the go-to source.  With so many networking contacts in the field we can most likely find just about anything!  Let us know and we’ll look in our vast inventory or in our travels and see if we can source just what you are looking for.


Warrenton, TX Round Top Antique Show
Sep 22 – Oct 2, 2016
S. State Highway 237 Round Top, TX

Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN
Sep 22 – 24, 2016
Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN

Burton Antiques Market
Sep 23 – 24, 2016
The Great Geauga County Fairground, 14373 North Cheshire Street, Burton, OH

Bloomsburg Fair, Bloomsburg, PA
Sep 24 – Oct 1, 2016
Bloomsburg Fairground Events, 620 W 3rd St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, USA

Chicago Antique Market
Sep 24 – 25, 2016
Randolph Street Festival, Plumbers Hall, 1340 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL

Clover Market
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 10am – 5 pm
Clover Market, 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr PA

Eastern Market
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 9:00am – 5:30pm &
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 10am – 5pm
Washington, DC – Call to confirm location

Brooklyn Flea Market, Brooklyn, NY
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 7am – 5pm
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues, Brooklyn, NY, 10 am to 5 pm

Grand Bazaar,  New York, NY
Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8am – 5 pm
School Parking Lot, W. 77th & Columbus Ave, New York, NY

Hope to see you there.  Any questions, feel free to call us at 1-888-233-9678

Olde Good Things