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Architectural Salvage Stores Hold Treasures Untold

Written by Kelly Weimert on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:05am.

Architectural salvage stores offer treasure troves of goodies for interior and architecture enthusiasts. These stores specialize in buying and selling parts from demolished and remodeled structures, functioning similarly to vintage clothing shops but with elements for your home. For instance, you might find a beautiful chandelier, antique doorknobs, or an ornate marble mantlepiece from an architectural salvager. 

In addition to items in these stores typically being cheaper than brand new pieces, they’re often better quality too. Today’s market tends to prioritize quantity and affordability over quality, which means contemporary pieces often feature lower-quality materials and construction than many of the pieces that you might find at a salvage shop. 

That being said, there are a wide variety of architectural salvage stores, so you should make sure you know what you’re getting into before you go. Some of these shops look and function much like a junkyard, with disorganized piles of broken or rusted materials hiding the good stuff, while others look more like museums, only featuring thoughtful curations of high-quality goods. Both types of stores can hold plenty of treasures, but if you’re not in the mood to dive through a lot of trash to find it, then you’ll want to make sure you’re going to a place that’s already done the dirty work for you. 

To make it easy on you, we pulled together some of the top architectural salvage stores from San Francisco to Miami. 


Architectural Salvage of San Diego - San Diego 

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For more than 25 years, this shop has sourced items from all around the world to offer a constantly-updated inventory of period building materials, such as vintage doorknobs and escutcheons, stained glass windows, and beautiful light fixtures. You’ll also find plenty of items to help you beautify your outdoor space, like old-timey fountains and statues. 


Amighini Architectural - Orange County

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Established in 1945, Amighini Architectural has been in the architectural salvage business for decades. The family-owned company focuses heavily on vintage doors from places like Argentina and Italy, offering a wide range of styles, like brownstone, glass, and hand-forged iron doors. But depending on when you go, you might also find other antique home offerings, like hardware, mantles, and tile from faraway lands.


Stone Age Antiques - Miami

Stone Age Antiques Miami Architecture  Salvage

Stone Age Antiques offers an amalgamation of eclectic treasures for the home and beyond. Specializing in nautical-themed goods, likely due to its close proximity to the Miami River, the 10,000-square-foot warehouse is packed full of items that range from funky and weird to classic and beautiful, such as wrought-iron fences, cabinetry doors, and the occasional casket. 


Ohmega Salvage - San Francisco 

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Ohmega Salvage runs on a model of sustainability and social exchange, selling well-curated, high-quality treasures designed to enhance the interior of any home. Depending on when you go, you may find gilded gothic entry handles, French country doors, or a Colombian marble sink.


Orange Ave. Estate, Salvage and Garden - Long Beach

Orange Ave Estate Salvage and Garden

This California Heights gem offers everything you could want to update your home. Specializing in sustainability, the shop only features items made in the US or those that are vintage, recycled, or repurposed. The inventory is always changing, but the 2,500-square-foot warehouse sells everything from repurposed furniture and salvaged doors to California native plants and jewelry. 


Off the Wall Architectural Antiques - Los Angeles

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With its clean, spacious, and curated layout, Off the Wall Architectural Antiques is the perfect place for Los Angeles residents and visitors who don’t want to spend hours digging through items to get to the good stuff. Combining classic items, like vintage pool tables and mid-century tables, with oddities, like sparkling disco speakers and nostalgic neon signs, this place truly has something for everyone.  


The Elephant’s Foot Antiques - Palm Beach

The Elephants Foot Antiques Architectural Salvage Storre

The 6,500-square-foot showroom of The Elephant’s Foot Antiques features furniture and decorative items from all around the world. Established in 1963, the shop is a favorite among architects, interior designers, and enthusiasts for its high-quality items, which include Georgian and Edwardian furniture, Chinese cabinets and chests, Venetian mirrors, and boundless other items to elevate the home. 


Online Architectural Salvage Stores 

If you don’t find yourself near any of the aforementioned shops, you can check out this round-up from House Beautiful featuring the best architectural salvagers in every state to find one near you. And if shopping from the comfort of your home is more your thing, there are also a number of high-quality online architectural salvage shops that make treasure hunting a total breeze. Below are a few of our favorites:


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