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discount is not on shipping cost
1/22/19 – 1/29/19
Those who look into the soul of any vintage item will see beyond its form and function and into the life it should have going forward. Vintage glass allows the viewer to look through into other worlds and imagine things that used to be on the other side of the pane. Next time you need something to decorate the interior or exterior space of your house, turn to Olde Good Things for your classic touches of style and history. A hint of the past is always a great way to move into the future. The past represents a groundedness that is not found in modern mass-produced-in-China items that overflow the shelves of décor stores. Impersonal, cold, and often too cheap to be worth passing along to the next generation, these items succumb to the decay of time.
We have the largest selection of vintage chicken wire glass, including corrugated, pebbled, hammered, ribbed, wormy, and clear. We also have many types of obsolete textured glass, antique pattern glass, and wavy window glass. We have developed a unique process of creating the most authentic looking antique distressed mirror on the market. We have a full service shop ready to process your order of vintage glass and mirror.
We have five types of glass available to purchase:
Rare Large Sheet of Clear Chicken Wire Glass – Limited quantity, pieces this large are rare. Each sheet is 28 square feet. Measuring 81.75 in. H x 49 in. W x 0.25 in. D.
Architects and designers are always on the lookout for new trends in building materials and construction. Staying ahead of trends helps these designers create structures that will be both timeless and livable without having to do major improvements in the future. Not only must the designers consider the space in which they are building, but also the materials and what effect they will have on the overall construction.
A hot trend that has taken hold recently in the design and construction industry is the use of sustainable, eco-friendly and repurposed building materials. Designers, architects and even home DIYers are beginning to understand the impact that “new” construction can have on our environment and what they can do to help.
In another building trend, architects and designers are looking towards ideas such as adaptive reuse, where an existing building is deconstructed, the usable materials (like flooring, wood beams and antique lighting fixtures) are saved and the space is converted for a new purpose. Factories, warehouses, and train stations are just several types of buildings that can be reused to house restaurants, apartments, or storefronts. Utilizing the reclaimed building materials from these spaces can help cut construction costs and save these materials from clogging up landfills.
1. Vintage Wired Glass is now used in kitchen cabinets doors, room partitions or even made into mirrors.
2. Reclaimed Wood Skins – Unique wall covering from the skins of reclaimed white pine floor joists. These planks are cut in various lengths and widths.
3. Reclaimed Wood Dining Tables – Reclaimed Pine, Walnut, Industrial Flooring, Oak, Bowling Alley & Ipe wood to choose from with a wide variety of bases to choose from. All tables can be customized to fit you space.
4. Industrial Factory Industrial Lighting – We salvage old factory pendants and restore them in our lighting shop. We have a wide variety of sizes available in large quantities.
5. Custom Antique Tin Ceiling Mirrors and Panels – We salvage 100 year tin ceilings from old building and manufacturer it into mirrors and panels.
Olde Good Things is dedicated to discovering vintage finds and materials and repurposing, rebuilding, and reusing them into unique, handcrafted items. These reclaimed items are transformed into charming statement pieces for kitchens, dining rooms, offices, living rooms, bedrooms, home exteriors, and gardens. With over a quarter of a million square feet of salvaged antiques and reclaimed building materials, Olde Good Things is here to help in the search for the perfect antique or reclaimed piece.
For years, Scranton, Pennsylvania served as a major industrial hub, not only for our country but also the rest of the world. Industries such as coal mining, iron forging and railway transportation all played a role in shaping Scranton and the surrounding areas. Scranton’s industrial boom is sadly behind us now, but it’s only fitting that Olde Good Things houses an enormous and awe-inspiring collection of iron and metalwork right in the heart of Scranton.
Stepping foot into the iron yard at Olde Good Things can be a visually overwhelming experience. The yard is packed end to end with all kinds of metal pieces, from wrought iron railing and fencing to decorative pieces and even cast iron tubs.
Some of the more interesting pieces housed in the iron yard are the cast-iron ship anchor chains. These anchor chains are repurposed by Olde Good Things for our Altered Antiques Chain Tables product line and are made into items such as coffee tables or lamps, which add a great rustic nautical element to any home or project.
The vast array of wrought iron gates, railing and fencing are also repurposed for a variety of interesting and creative uses. Many OGT customers have re-used fencing and gates in conventional ways for exterior dividing lines, entry gates and garden trellises. But they can also be used for many interior design details such as room partitions, wall décor, head boards and more. With the amount of assorted styles and shapes in the iron yard, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Many of the pieces in the iron yard can be used as they are, ready to help bring in a certain charm to any décor. Metal wall art panels or ornate sculpted metal pieces could be used as a striking centerpiece to tie a room together. Large pulley wheels or ships wheels can bring an industrial flair to any project. Even collectible pieces like an authentic metal Coca Cola cooler, original metal street signs or branded oil drums have the right amount of vintage flair to liven up any room.
Olde Good Things spends countless hours scouring through industrial, hotel and residential locations to salvage only the most interesting metal pieces to add to our collection. Whether you’re an interior designer looking for the perfect piece for a client or a homeowner in the midst of a redecoration, we’re sure the piece you’re looking for is waiting for here at the iron yard in Olde Good Things in Scranton.
Pinterest is starting to give me a serious design identity crisis. I’ve been looking into mantels to add a some of that real grown-up feel to my place, you know, because I’m adulting now. It’s just a sea of white. Yes, I get it – white is super chic, white is a blank slate, blah, blah, blah.. White is boring. I needed something more. I will not conform to you, Apartment Therapy!
It took a good bit of exasperated searching and mainlining of caffeine, but I finally came across a picture of an earthy colored dark mantel. I mean an earth tone, marble mantel.
These pictures took me back to Cruel Intentions where they show the first shot of Kathryn’s bedroom. I remember seeing it and gasping out loud to no one in particular. It was so chic, I don’t feel cool enough for it. That room has always been my design Everest.
Having left NYC two months ago, I now have the financial ability to buy things and make it happen. I overheard some talk of mantels going on sale today at OGT. Nothing too concrete as far as I’d gathered, so I took the initiative (mostly because mantels are my one and only mission at the moment) and asked if it was possible to get some dark preferably brown colored mantels at the forefront of said sale. BAM!
I’m not exactly sure how I made it happen, but I don’t really care. I’m running down in a bit to check out what they’ve got and making it happen before I leave work today. I may go back down tomorrow and take you all with me on Facebook Live. I’ve found two on the site that I really dig – let me know your thoughts.
Ugh, these are so perfect.
You need to check this sale out. If you’re in Pennsylvania (or anywhere close, honestly), I highly suggest taking the drive out to Scranton. There’s so much more in the warehouses than is posted online. Like waaaay more. Like Overwhelmed Intern too much.
Who would have dreamed that interiors once reserved for factories and warehouses would one day grace our living spaces? The industrial style movement has taken the design world by storm — and we love it! Here at Olde Good Things, our salvage team seeks out the industrial with our careful excavations of historic buildings.
Not only is the loft look the epitome of sleek and modern, it adds a simple, utilitarian vibe to household effects. By combining the durability of historic craftsmanship with contemporary design, hard, manufactured edges with soft, discreet undertones, the industrial living space achieves a robust balance between nature and the innovation of man.
The secret to achieving this ambience is by using open space as a design element and breaking up the space with a few signature items. The industrial look may include, but is not limited to: marine salvage, industrial carts, pulleys, salvage machine bases, and salvage lockers illuminated by industrial lighting fixtures. Lighting can be achieved by utilizing overhead holophane fixtures from a factory, or repurposed steel cage sconces. Earthy elements like copper, tin, iron, and corrugated metal are salvaged from the discard pile and made by Olde Good Things shops into mirrors and furniture.
One of the most highly revered pieces of the modern design aesthetic is the custom, industrial style dining room table. Olde Good Things prides itself on repurposing pieces of unassuming, natural materials into beloved and substantial tables. Custom tables can feature surfaces constructed of reclaimed wood or steel, paired with steel or cast iron legs. Clients have the option of ordering matching wood benches to complement their custom industrial dining table. Tables are made-to-order with a 6-8 week production time. Table top sizes can be customized to fit need and usage.
For a custom piece of history like the rustic table, Olde Good Things offers a selection of pine, oak, maple, walnut, and steel for the surface. Slabs are available in smooth, rustic, or semi-rustic textures with a selection of stain colors. Cast iron or steel legs serve as a base.
To learn more about our distinctive crafting process, visit our website page here, or come see us in person at our Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse.
The Assembly Design Studio designers of Ledger, a local restaurant and bar on New England’s North Shore, envisioned a “rough restoration” of the historic Salem Savings Bank — a place where customers could relax in a contemporary dining space and absorb the colorful history of Salem.
Salem Savings was erected in 1818 and is the second oldest incorporated savings bank in America. Notable bank customers of bygone days include Salem-born Nathaniel Hawthorne, dark romantic author of The Scarlet Letter, and Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the first telephone.
History comes in many flavors at this modern eatery. Regional cuisine is on the menu, inspired by traditional Colonial New England cooking techniques and local fish, meat, and produce. Local fare, cocktails mixed behind a leathered white macaubus granite bar, and fresh seafood from the oyster bar are offered in an authentic vintage industrial atmosphere. The restaurant’s decor was formed from the existing raw materials of the historic building, accentuated with reclaimed materials and distinctive pieces of architectural salvage. In the entry, visitors will walk through a glass and metal vestibule which showcases the original plaster ceiling and a custom 82” chandelier. A bank teller window adds to the ambience as guests enter the dining area, where a repurposed communal white oak table provides seating for 22. A contemporary wall crafted from metal safety box doors lends an industrial edge to the dining area, while a bank vault houses the walk-in refrigerator.
Exposed iron beams and rough brick and wood architecture provided a raw palette for the designers of Ledger to work with. Custom charred wood planking was incorporated into the design, a material reminiscent of Salem’s powerful and dark history which includes the Witch Trials and Great Fire of 1914. Other authentic details include distressed leather barstools, tufted banquettes, tile from the 1930s, and historic bank ledgers used for artistic display.
Ledger’s sophisticated vintage holophane lighting hails from the 1920s era and was supplied by Olde Good Things. The soft ambience of the fixtures offers a stark contrast to the lofty reclaimed wood inset on the ceiling and exposed iron beams. Our industrial Holophane light fixtures are sourced from factories across the Northeast and are a reminder of the Golden Age of “scientific illumination”. OGT’s extensive selection of Holophane fixtures from the 20s and 30s is salvaged and restored in our shop.
Besides their widespread usage in industry, the luminaires are ideal for contemporary commercial usage to illuminate a space without glare or dark spots. They are very popular in auction houses and amongst reclamation connoisseurs for their economical and efficient dispersion of light, along with the historic magnetism of their design.
Shop all Holophane online, here.
For questions about our Designer discount, view here.
Final demolition of the Greystone Park State Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey, was unfortunate for the preservationists who fought to keep the structure alive. But for those who were able to salvage a piece of the former asylum’s history, the hospital’s demise threw open a treasure chest of amazing artifacts.
The massive Second Empire Victorian hospital opened in 1876 under the name of the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum. It was designed according to the principles of Thomas Story Kirkbride, who initiated a contagious series of similar institutions during this period. Kirkbride structures were meant to be curative to the mentally ill — boasting large, airy spaces with plenty of natural light, a central building, and symmetrical wings set back from the core.
Kirkbride, who was working as a psychiatrist before there was such a thing, believed that mentally ill patients could be cured in months with the right care. He envisioned bright spaces filled with dancing and games and orderly wings that organized patients according to their disorders. Before the rise of these institutions, those suffering from mental illness were lodged in jails, houses for the destitute, or the family cellar.
Kirkbride’s innovative theories were evident in the construction of the 673,706 square foot hospital. Large communal parlors, connected wards, and each tier’s access to private outdoor space are just a few examples of the Kirkbride Plan.
Stunning architectural details in the final estate included a veritable fortress of gneiss stone walls and sandstone and wood modillion cornices. Decorative tile floors, wood pocket doors, window seats, and vaulted ceilings, along with custom wood sculptures and stained glass windows in the chapel, added to the aura of grandeur and the ambiance of healing.
Greystone Park was emptied of its last patients in 2008. The estate was turned over to the State of New Jersey, which held historic tours and events on the premises, bringing in around 60,000 visitors annually.
All proposals to renovate the disintegrating buildings were eventually rejected and, after numerous protests and a long battle between historic preservationists and the state, the final phase of demolition was completed in Fall 2015. Some columns and other architectural elements were preserved on site, with the vast 190 acres set aside for recreational use.
The long-debated destruction of the historic building is significant in that it fueled a whole new preservation movement to save the nation’s historic psychiatric hospitals, including the founding of PreservationWorks, an asylum advocacy group.
A set of formidable cast iron staircases was rescued from the main building before Greystone Park fell. Like their lost brothers and sisters, these staircases feature detailed balustrades, skirting, and risers distinguished by unique Victorian motifs. The staircases are a magnificent tribute to Kinkade’s compassionate vision and a fascinating aspect of history.
The architecturologists of Olde Good Things have carefully removed and catalogued each piece so they can be re-installed into a new building project. Whoever acquires either one or both of these staircases will have countless great conversations about this timeless centerpiece.
To find out about other items acquired from this project, inquire by email or call Olde Good Things at 888-233-9678.
Dealers welcome! We are now setting up at the Spring High Point Market. We have an amazing selection of all our manufactured altered antiques merchandise carefully handcrafted from reclaimed architectural elements. You’ll see a great variety of mirrors made from reclaimed copper roofing and 100 year old ceiling tin. Also lighting, hardware and a selection of home furnishings including a collection of our unique line of tables.
Come see us at the Suites at Market Square on the 1st Floor. Suite 1-534. Show Dates are April 16-20, 2016
Hope to see you there!
Here’s just a sampling…
As we get more set up – we’ll post more pictures.
It’s that time again.
…A time to transform your home into something festive, but not at all tacky, and this holiday season OGT will be your best friend.
First up we have hand-silvered old milk bottles.
Foraging for goodies in an old Brooklyn dairy, we found a batch of beautiful bottles made in 1954. Looking closely at the glass, a few, inscribed with Forest Lake Dairy, have a gorgeous pink hue.
For all of them, the shape is what sets them apart. A design first patented in the early 1900s, there is a bulb at the top of the bottle, a visually quirky and entirely practical addition designed to collect the cream as it separated from the milk.
The patent for cream top bottles was first assigned to the Cream Top Bottle Corporation in 1925, and the size of the bulb was typically one fifth of the entire bottle. Apparently there was a bit of science that went into this ratio. The Cream Top Bottle Corporation stated that “milk with 3.5% butterfat test was sufficient to fill the cream bulb with cream and the separated cream would be 22 to 27% butter fat.“
Cream Top milk bottles were sold at a similar price as the conventional ones however the dairyman had to pay an annual licensing fee to the Cream Top Bottle Corporation. In exchange, the Cream Top Bottle Corporation would give the dairyman exclusive rights in his territory to sell milk in Cream Top bottles.
The Cream Top Bottle Corporation claimed many advantages for their bottles. Since they were only allowed to be used by one dairy in a given territory, they were easily identified and difficult for other dealers to steal and use. The Corporation also claimed that their bottles would experience less breakage due to their design AND that this unique design would discourage consumers from keeping bottles for preserving foods (a common problem with regular milk bottles) or storing other liquids.
Advantages or not… in 1933 the annual licensing fee was challenged in court and not upheld, opening the door for more manufacturers and designs to follow (i.e. the MODERN top milk bottle and the baby top milk bottle).
The bottles we found are not only Cream top milk bottles, but “space-saving,” due to their square shape. While the manufacturer is not listed, we know Lamb Glass Company was making square bottles during this time.
We loved the shape and the story and true to Olde Good Things style, we wanted to add another layer.
Our warehouse in Scranton is home to some truly talented craftsmen. Some make tables, some make tin mirrors and some use the old world way to silver antique glass by hand (more on that process to come!).
After a few weeks in the warehouse… VOILA! Something old and something new; A timeless piece perfect as personal décor or glorious gift. These beautiful bottles can be found online or in any of our stores. To inquire or purchase click here!