As a self proclaimed treasure hunter, architectural salvage stores will always lead me to a pot of gold...or brass. After spending a weekend with friends in Barnegate Light, NJ (Long Beach Island), we happened across an amazing Architectural Salvage store, Recycling the Past. This outdoor wonderland of "salvage" had everything from refurbished airplane seats, to nautical aluminum lights and even a huge pile of former molten glass chucks that cooled to create incredible blue-green looking glass.
After some serious digging through nooks and crannies, we found more than enough treasures to fit into our NYC apartment, so it was time to negotiate! (One tip on negotiating - always be willing to give up an item or two. After receiving the itemized price quotes, discard the most expensive, and try to get originally quoted price, minus the expensive items cost.) The owner Josh was truly an expert, and gave us a nice background story on each of our products, which helped us narrow it down to the must-haves. We were so impressed by his wares, and some of the furniture he had created from the salvaged materials, that we couldn't help but gush, and we weren't alone. Apparently top designers from NYC travel to Recycling the Past for private clients and hotels like the Ace and Soho House! So this is where they get all of those cool vintage finds, hmmmmm.
So if you're a treasure hunting junky like me, getting your Zip car and head out to Recycling the Past!
Recycling the Past
381 North Main Street, Barnegat, NJ. 08005
If you're a local Manhattanite, you can also get your fix from Olde Good Things at 124 West 24th street (between 6th and 7th). If you're in the area, why not also hit up the weekend flea market on the 25th street street for some great finds (open Sat and Sun only, sunrise to sunset).