11th Sep2013

Architectural Salvage Shopping

by Dinah Wulf
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Last weekend, my husband and I decided to do some shopping at our favorite architectural salvage places in Los Angeles.  We had just finished our floors (here are our floors before) and now we needed to look for some new pieces to fit our updates.  I just wanted to share with you what I saw and found.

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Every time I go to places like these, I forget how amazing they are!  We started off at one location of Olde Good Things (we ended at the other location). We ended up going to four different places.

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Our style is, I guess you can call it, “industrial chic”.  We both like the hardness of metal mixed with beautifully upholstered furniture.  It’s a mix of both masculine and feminine and I think that style goes well with our new cement floors (post coming soon!).

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Specifically we were looking for a dining room table.  We found several ideas for legs, table tops, and bases.  We particularly loved these metal legs from vintage machinery but they were out of our budget.  They were about $1100 for a pair… and we still needed to make a top!


We fell in love with this metal work bench and we were able to negotiate the price down.  We have a large piece of glass that would look beautiful for the top.

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There were aisles and aisles of amazing pieces… everything from fixtures, to statues, to old doors and metal tiles.

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I fell in love with this eight foot by four foot mirror.  Again we haggled with the price and were satisfied with what we got.

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I thought these vintage dress forms were neat and would be great in my craft room.

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There were several cool metal chairs.

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Here are a few more photos.






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Amazing right??? I could spend HOURS in there. We are already planning our next trip!

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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11 Responses to “Architectural Salvage Shopping”

  • Lilly Meehan

    Oh woooooow! I want that door, the one with the stained glass peacock. I have the height above my door too to install it. Where is this place? I want to go!

  • Oh my goodness! That place looks AMAZING! Ugh, I’d probably still be there today looking through stuff LOL

  • Lara C

    Hi – I live in San Diego but go up to LA every so often. Can you give the names of these places – I would love to stop by (ok, let’s be honest – stop by? I mean, spend hours!)
    Also, wondering about the prices? We have one architectural salvage place that I know of here but prices are pretty high. Don’t get me wrong – awesome, unique pieces but most are way out of my budget.

    • Hi Lara! My two favorite are the two Olde Goode Things locations. Here is the site with all of their locations: http://ogtstore.com/

      Some things are pricey, BUT they are open to negotiation AND they will deliver. The longer they have had the item, the better price you get! 🙂 You MUST stop by! It’s AMAZING!!! If you do, email me and let me know what you find! So exciting!!!

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    I love architectural salvage stores. Thank goodness they salvage all those amazing items. That entry door with the transom and art lead glass windows is classic. ~Mary

  • Oh my, I was salivating just looking at those pictures! Those metal chairs, that amazing door, those mirrors…wish I could’ve jumped into the photos.

  • Kathleen Mulrooney

    need to buy cast iron legs as you have on page above.. how can I purchase?

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