Olde Good Things
Olde Good Things is an architectural antique store located near the industrial end of downtown, just barely south of the 10. The white brick building with large pane windows and regal columns sits on the corner under a clear blue sky, like an estate sale filtered through a daydream. They save artifacts and antiques from landfills and pre-Depression era buildings, and oftentimes restore them with care before turning pieces over to designers and collectors.
“We do a lot of restaurants. The movie thing has slowed down for us — we used to do a lot of rentals and purchases for movies. But from what I’ve seen, and heard, there’s not a lot of movie stuff the way it used to be,” says Jay, one of the owners who just moved to Los Angeles from New York.
Though big ticket items found here might not be right for small-scale apartments, if you have the means and need to fill the corners of a loft space, or the skeleton of a film set, Olde Good Things might be your best option in this city. They share a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse with their other nine stores, alongside three acres filled with salvaged objects and materials — one of the largest inventory of old, good things in the country.
The downtown location is a Home Depot caught in a wormhole, a concrete box of oversized knickknacks and atypical furnishings stuffed inside a brick-and-mortar flea. The giant two-piece bronze statue of Icarus in his wings, approaching the sun, was sculpted by artist Frank Eliscu, who also created the Heisman Trophy.
It sat near a working 1960s terminal light from American Airlines at JFK, and a well-maintained cherry wood phone booth that lights up when the accordion glass door is pushed open.
The showroom of mismatched treasures acts as an exhibition of things from lives gone by, a collection built purely from other people’s choices. If you had been looking for a vintage ice cream cart, a pair of sinned-in church pews, or a lot of loose doorknobs, this might be the universe trying to give a little bit back.