23rd Sep2011

Places To Go: Old Good Things

by Dinah Wulf
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I finally get the phrase, “It’s like being a kid in a candy store.” I mean, I always knew what it implied, however I think I saw white lights and heard a choir of angels singing when I walked into Old Good Things, an architectural salvage wonderland.

First of all, going there was my husband’s idea.  It was in an uncomfortably dodgy part of West LA. We had to circle the place several times in order to get the parking space in front because we thought it’d be the “safest” place to park. Intrigued by the giant rusty metal star light and massive pirate head displayed at the entrance I was willing to circle a few more times if I had to. Each time I caught glimpses of the treasures behind the enormous front doors.

Finally, my husband decided to just let me out while he patiently waited for a guy in a prime spot to get off of his cell phone.  Clutching my cell phone in my hand, I eagerly jumped out of the car to further explore what was inside.  The wave of heat, the sound car horns, and the thuds of traffic speeding down the freeway above us, was all quickly forgotten the second I stepped inside.

The first thing I noticed was how vast the store was…it was huge! I was overwhelmed with junk (I mean that in a good way).  To my left was an airplane propeller, three times my size.  I was surrounded by ornate iron gates, industrial lamps, and old machines I’ve never seen before.  There were statues, antique windows and doors, furniture, and lighting.  I tried to take a few pictures but I got completely lost in each piece wondering where they came from and how they got there.

This place was filled with history and fit the old adage, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” I have to admit, it was ALL treasure to me. I could have spent hours in there. Old Good Things definitely got my creative juices flowing.  I made mental notes as to what I wanted to come back for, or what pieces I want to repurpose. I will definitely be back soon, this time I won’t leave empty handed.

Old Good Things is located at 1800 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015They are open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.



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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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6 Responses to “Places To Go: Old Good Things”

  • Kuks Barrera

    Because I’m your older brother, I have to be Mr. Snooty McKnowitall. I believe the big propeller in your third picture is a large boat propeller. Plane propellers usually have long, thin blades made of light material. This propeller has blades with more surface area (to move more water), and look like they are made of bronze or a bronze alloy (heavy, but good for water).

    Anyhoo, LET’S GO TO THIS PLACE! It looks amazing, and I definitely want to visit soon!

  • Wow! How do you know all this stuff!!?? Can’t wait to read your blog!

    • Kuks Barrera

      I was actually thinking of different things to hang on our big blank wall and thought of that, so while I was researching stuff, this came up. So I guess it was design research!

  • I’m SO ready to go there. Can’t wait!

  • P.S. Those letters would look cool on your wall…

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