We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Fox 5 NY for the new segment featuring our 52nd St, Midtown NY store. Fox5 reporter Cristal Young received a New York history store tour by the store manager, Jim DiGiacoma. Some pieces shown were salvaged from The Plaza Hotel, JFK International Airport, and Waldorf Astoria, New York.
Thank you to Architectural Digest for featuring OGT in their article “A Fascinating Look at the Waldorf Astoria’s Destruction and Rebirth”. We are truly honored to take part in the preserving of rich pieces from famed New York City architecture as well as American history.
June is wedding season, and if you are feeling helpless or overwhelmed with what to gift the bride and groom, you can trust Olde Good Things to have just the thing. Consider a classic piece recovered from the Waldorf Astoria NYC. These treasures combine history, functionality, and beauty for the newlywed’s home space.
Waldorf Astoria Fortessa Bone China Demitasse Gift Set
A modern Fortessa bone china demitasse set in white recovered from the Waldorf Astoria towers is a stunning gift for the happy couple to unwrap. This piece inspires a combination of class and history for dinners, parties, or romantic tête-à-tête. The set includes a tray, cups, saucers, and spoons, along with a Waldorf Astoria Certificate of Authenticity. Dimensions and specs can be found here.
Waldorf Astoria Modern Sambonet Butter Knife Set
A stylish set of dinnerware is an integral part of every wedding package, but this original Waldorf Astoria stainless steel butter knife set takes imagination to another level. Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, this wedding flatware set adds flair and quality to the traditional silverware wedding gift. A decorative bow is available in red or white.
Waldorf Astoria Art Deco Silver Plated & Glass Water Pitcher – Sold Out
A Waldorf Astoria glass pitcher is perfect for serving cool drinks in summer or for daily use in-home or office and makes a perfect summer wedding gift. This clear pitcher with classic Art Deco silver-plated frame and handle is a beautiful accent piece in any room. These unused pitchers designed by D.W. Haber and Sons and salvaged from Waldorf Astoria towers are solid, functional, and elegant.
Waldorf Astoria Modern Fortessa China Creamer Sugar Bowl Set
A Waldorf Astoria NYC ceramic gift set with vitrified china creamer, sugar bowl, and a plate is another unique wedding gift that is both functional and aesthetic. This set is available in classic white and includes the Waldorf Astoria card of authenticity. A Fortessa cream and sugar bowl makes an impression alone or paired with any of the other recovered treasures from Waldorf Astoria NYC.
Four Piece Silver Plated Waldorf Astoria Tea Set
This singular silver tea set with teapot, sugar bowl, milk pourer, and a tray is original to the Waldorf Astoria Towers and is a memorable, one-of-a-kind rare wedding gift. The set includes a Waldorf Astoria card of authenticity and items are stamped D.W. Haber & Son, NY.
A limited amount of these sets are available for purchase for your unique wedding gift. Contact us at Olde Good Things today for more information on these or any of our other recovered treasures.
Just a few weeks ago we held our Grand Opening event for our newly relocated flagship store at 333 W. 52nd Street. Considering all things, with the present economic situation, the event brought a great turn-out, with many faces and friends of OGT.
Gregory Singer, founder and music director of the Manhattan Symphonie, provided musical entertainment during the 3-day event. He coupled with some friends to provide a variety of lighthearted tunes, from Americana to Italian Classics. We were delighted to have him.
Many people loved the lion and engaged in the Instagram promotion receiving 25% off just for posting a picture of themselves with the OGT Lion Mascot in front of our store.
Besides the lion Mascot, you couldn’t miss the OGT T-Rex who stands in the front welcoming all passers-by.
Many of our knowledgeable OGT salespeople are on board to help the customers with any and all questions. We also have trusty help from Flores, who has faithfully worked with us in the setup and installation of architectural pieces for many years. Flores offers a wealth of information to customers who have questions concerning the restoration and installation of many olde good things.
It seems that the neighborhood is delighted to have us. This is the first time we have been centrally located in Midtown Manhattan so we hope that many of our friends and previous customers will find us here. We are presently open for 7 days, with limited hours from 9 am to 5 pm. We are following the CDC guidelines and limiting the traffic with 6 ft. social distancing and sanitizing stations throughout the store.
The store is chock full of one of a kind, never seen before items. There’s something for everyone. We hope you will join us in continuing to celebrate this new location.
Come meet the many faces of Olde Good Things!
By the way, Gregory is known to make pop-in visits so you may see him here again and you can hear him play his magical violin. A note of interest, Gregory recently illustrated and published his first children’s book about a spaceman who helped children wash their hands. Great for these times! Take a look at this link to find out more.
As many of you may realize by now our location at 16th Street in Union Square has recently moved to a much larger central location at 333 W. 52nd Street. This store has a similar scale to our original Manhattan store at 24th Street with its sprawling first floor and lower level. It is being stocked with signature architectural items from legendary New York City buildings as well as many unique designs and home furnishings perfect for the home or office (and nowadays home office as well!).
We will soon be “open” to the general public and are planning on a Grand Opening on October 2nd. We are planning a sneak peek week starting Friday, September 25th just before our Grand Opening. Just stop by or call for an appointment at 212-989-8814. Of course, this shopping experience will be conducted within CDC guidelines for the safety of both our customers as well as our staff. PPE will be required (face masks) and we’ll have plenty of sanitizing stations throughout the store. Capacity will be limited to ensure a safer and more pleasant shopping experience. Hours of operation will be posted, but for now, we are open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
The store is stocked with fresh picks as well as a great assortment of what we are notorious for, handmade mirrors and decorative furnishings as well as our line of tables both rustic and elegant. There is much “never seen before” merchandise so come and get first dibs! Our plan is to post these items online soon after our opening in the following weeks.
During these difficult times, it’s a comfort to know OGT is still a staple in New York City. Our commitment is to continue as long as we can find great finds, which doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Keep an eye out, buzz is not lacking at OGT. There are so many story-filled items reclaimed from years gone by. A few samples include: Copper framed mirrors made from windows of prominent skyscrapers such as the Flat Iron Building and 200 5th Ave (formerly the renowned Toy Manufacturers Building which now houses the famous Italian Market: Eataly). Also, marble mantels and original lighting from the Waldorf Astoria can be seen firsthand and so much more.
We look forward to seeing you at the new flagship location, as always expect an exciting experience shopping at one of the most interesting stores in New York City.
For years, Olde Good Things has been involved in the reclaiming of items from many famous buildings and places of worship. A few years back, we received the privilege of removing a very colorful original polychrome terra cotta from a Philadelphia synagogue. Here in these pictures, you can see that many have religious emblems, but there are some which are simply decorative.
Polychrome, as the name depicts means multi-colored glazes were applied in the baking process of this terra-cotta, making the final product even more vivid and breathtaking. Detail can be seen in these various arches which are nearly 100 years old. They were carefully removed by the architecturologists and are now available for resale at our Scranton, PA location.
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These would be perfect for a restoration of a private or public site for worship. Those without religious emblems can be used in many settings, including a centerpiece in a beautiful garden.
We have many building stones available at this time which are not currently seen on our site, inquire and we can send you pictures of what we may have available at this time.
As many of you may realize by now, our eleven-year stay at Union Square has recently come to a close. We are sad and glad, sad because this location served us and our customers well but glad as we have made the move to a much larger, centrally located space with high ceilings and an even grander, vast showroom at 333 West 52nd Street. The preparation for this new location was of course slowed by the economic shutdown due to the onset of COVID-19.
We’re in the process of unboxing and setting up our wares from 16th Street as well as many new arrivals never seen by our New York City customers. We plan to have this location open by appointment in the weeks to come, so please keep in touch and look for our opening newsletter.
Also, if you are in the city and still want to shop with us in person, our other stores at 302 Bowery and 2420 Broadway are open with limited hours during the week as well as the entire weekend. Just call for an appointment.
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Of course, our web site is always open and our PA warehouses are also open by appointment. We appreciate your business and look forward to you shopping at Olde Good Things.
Located in the heart of New York City’s upper west side, Olde Good Things Broadway storefront was once hidden with scaffolding, making this truly unique store hard to find. Now that the scaffolding has come down, we have given this amazing store an exterior facelift. On the inside, the ceiling is filled with antique and modern lighting from some of the most famous buildings in New York City. The furnishings are a mix of old and custom made. Olde Good Things is known for architectural salvage and using reclaimed material to create new custom furniture & furnishings such as farm tables, modern dining room tables, antique tin mirrors, and panels.
We took some footage of the new neon sign going up to share with you. It was a great day for the Olde Good Things to finally get its name in lights on Broadway.
As you can see, in addition to the neon sign, we also added a storewide canopy in our signature green color that adds an eye-catching appearance that’s hard to miss. So now the elephant, lion, and dinosaur can stay dry on rainy days.
Olde Good Things is known throughout the salvaging, interior design, and preservation communities for our commitment to upcycling, repurposing, and restoring old, neglected, and forgotten items.
We have removed tin ceilings and repurposed them as mirrors and new, colorful ceiling and wall decorations. We’ve salvaged marble, slate, terracotta, and metal from crumbling, demolished, abandoned, or neglected buildings. We’ve given new homes to religious relics, art, statues, mantels, and vintage and antique furniture. We’ve bought and sold at auctions, flea markets, online, and through our 9 locations. A lot is happening with Olde Good Things, but nothing gives us more joy than taking something old and giving it new life.
Repurposed Old Wood
Did you ever look at the rotting, pitted, splintered hardwood floor of an abandoned building and think to yourself, “these would make an amazing table”? No? Well, we did. We’ve taken old, salvaged floor joists and repurposed them into stunning tables using vintage salvaged wood and other industrial metals or wood pieces for table legs. We’ve taken something some would consider the garbage and made it into something people sit around to enjoy their meals, share important news about their day, play board games, or just sit and contentedly sip tea.
Scrap Wood Skins
When we make our tables, the carpentry process requires we plane and cut the wood to piece together the tabletops. What happens to the scrap wood that doesn’t go into the tables? Well, we have another story for you. Those scraps of wood that were cut from the beams that were once floor joists were repurposed into something you have to see to believe.
If you’re a Gregular at Gregory’s Coffee in NYC, you’re frequenting a coffee shop that is a buzz for coffee lovers. Here the customers gaze up at the amazing accent wall…the one covered completely in salvaged, repurposed floor joist wood scraps. Gregory’s Coffee has twelve locations in Manhattan. Be sure and visit all of them, quite a few have this fascinating wall cover.
To learn more about our floor joist tables or the wall at Gregory’s Coffee shop, contact us. To see our growing inventory of handmade reclaimed wood tables, click here. If you are interested in purchasing some of these amazing reclaimed wood beam skins, inquire here. To take a look at any of our other amazing salvaged, reclaimed, repurposed, or restored items, click here.