Top 10 Architectural Salvage Yards For Hunting Down Decor Gems

We love looking at the beautiful features of historic homes and thinking how we can incorporate the authentic, vintage pieces into our own humble abode. When designers look to replicate these rustic (and oh-so-chic) details in their projects, they turn to architectural salvage yards to find unique elements that turn a cookie cutter house into a dream home. These yards have sourced the globe to bring vintage, antique and one-of-a-kind items to the public. Fortunately for us, there are a number of architectural salvage outlets in California for scoring the perfect find! 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

1. Olde Good Things

Prop stylists and set decorators have been frequenting this Los Angeles gem for ages. Looking for a vintage lawnmower? Boasting a warehouse of over 100,000 square feet, there’s a good possibility that Olde Good Things will have at least three in stock. While well known for its vast architectural library of amazingly restored and rescued pieces, you can’t miss its unique mix of upcycled furniture and quirky objects d’art. (See opening image)

Gayles Architectural Salvage | Photo via LA Times

2. Gayle's Architectural Salvage

Located in Pasadena, Gayle's has an extensive inventory of architectural salvage antiques include mantels, lighting, iron work, plumbing accessories, builders hardware, and furniture representing the Arts & Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau,Victorian and Midcentury Modern periods. However, they are best known for their extensive stained glass window collection. Insider’s tip – be sure to ask if they have anything in storage!

Architectural Salvage of San Diego | Photo via Yelp

3. Architectural Salvage of San Diego

Architectural Salvage of San Diego has been serving the SoCal design community since 1996, providing a grab bag of beautiful architectural elements including vintage stained glass, columns, and kitchen and bath fixtures. The mint green stucco building houses a treasure trove showroom that caters to those searching for vintage door hardware and handles.

Amighini Architectural Salvage Antiques | Photo via Thomas Hawk, Flickr

4. Amighini Architectural Salvage Antiques

A 22,000-square-foot warehouse in Anaheim and a retail outlet in Corona del Mar ensure that you will find whatever new architectural addition you are searching for. Amighini specializes in iron and Deco Vintage furniture. In addition, it has a thriving custom door business that can make reproductions of most vintage doors they have in stock.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Ohmega Salvage | Photo by Courtney Lake

5. Ohmega Salvage 

This Berkeley institution has three locations: The salvage yard, which has a variety of industrial & residential salvage ranging from light fixtures, claw foot tubs and furniture; a retail site across the street, dedicated to rescued mantels, vintage light fixtures and Victorian oddities; Omegha Lighting two blocks down, the company’s retail space dedicated to restored and vintage-inspired lighting as well as its restoration workshop. Don’t make the rookie mistake and forget to look up – there are inspiring lighting options hanging all around you.

Urban Ore | Photo via Urban Ore's Facebook

6. Urban Ore

Another Berkeley mainstay, Urban Ore has made it its mission to reduce the waste that ends up in landfill. A trip to Urban Ore will enable you to find almost anything you need from building materials to furniture and appliances to jewelry and art or electronics. However, it’s the company’s extensive door and mantle collection that draws most people in. Organized by size, material and type, Urban Ore is a renovator’s dream when on the search for interior doors.

Artefact Design & Salvage | Photo via Dave Allen, Flickr

7. Artefact Design & Salvage

Visiting Sonoma for a wine tour? Make sure to stop by this wine country gem! Artefact Design & Salvage’s showroom is more laboratory than showcase, according to owner Dave Allen. Stocked with Allen’s finds from his travels abroad, and SF-made products like these lamps, as well as his regular salvaging on the East Coast, Artefact also lists a limited number of their salvage items on their online store.

Heritage Salvage | Photo via 365 Things To Do in Sonoma County

8. Heritage Salvage

If you have ever fallen in love with a reclaimed wood piece in Northern California, there is a strong possibility that it has a link to this Petaluma salvage yard. Heritage Salvage is the place to go when searching for reclaimed lumber and barn board. They have extensive working relationships with countless artisans and designers who regularly visit to peruse their perfectly weathered slabs for tables, countertops and flooring.

Whole House | Photo via Yelp user Nikki S.

9. Whole House Building Supply & Salvage

This San Mateo-based company takes salvage to a whole new level. Like the name suggests, Whole House Building Supply & Salvage finds entire houses slated for demolition and gives the public access to whatever reusable materials are on premise. You can walk out with literally everything - including the kitchen sink!

Big Daddy's Antiques | Photo via bdantiques.com

10. Big Daddy’s Antiques

With two California locations (Los Angeles & San Francisco) Big Daddy’s is routinely on the tip of everyone’s lips as a must-stop recommendation if you are looking for unique architectural and salvage finds. A mix of one-of-a-kind antiques and reproductions from European, Asian, and North American markets, the San Francisco store has a beautiful variety of custom seating built on-premise, as well as a well-stocked selection of garden accessories and furniture. The oversized birdcage with live birds only adds to the cool quotient, as does the store’s vast array of signs, vintage books and apothecary bottles.  

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