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These 5 Philly Architectural Salvage Stores Are Worth the Visit

Redesigning? Here's where to get reclaimed wood, vintage doors, and carousel horses (is a kitchen complete without one?) to spruce up your home.


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Find the King of Jeans sign among other local treasures at Provenance. | Photos: Khanya Brann unless otherwise noted

Philadelphia’s rich cultural history means our architectural salvage stores are home to some of the most impressive vintage collections around, boasting stained glass windows from our old neighborhood churches and iconic signage from our beloved bygone shops (King of Jeans!), among other gems. Looking to reinvigorate your home with a touch of shabby-chic? Local warehouses are teeming with funky door knobs, antique light fixtures, quirky bar accessories, and repurposed doors. Going for a more modern edge? Opt for clean lines and sleek finishes with custom salvage projects. These companies all offer design and construction services (and impeccable craftsmanship) and dig into their inventories of endangered treasures to create the furniture pieces of your dreams.

Here are five places to score fantastic salvaged finds:

Architectural Antiques Exchange
715 North Second Street, Old City, 215-922-3669

The 30,000-square-foot warehouse is a dizzying museum of antique collections and salvaged period pieces, with light fixtures, mirrors, saloon bars, ornate armoires and grand entry doors among the store’s most popular items. Owner Mark Cherry recently bought additional space a few doors down to house his expanding inventory — hands-down one of the coolest around town — which includes nostalgic treasures like carousel horses, vintage jukeboxes, an antique soda fountain and an old popcorn machine.

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Going for a nostalgic county carnival vibe? Pair a vintage carousel horse with some pastel furniture pieces. Architectural Antiques Exchange has a fun variety to choose from.

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia ReStore
2318 Washington Avenue, Point Breeze, 215-739-9300

Redesigning on a budget? From cabinets and coffee tables to toilets, sinks and tile, this thrift store has all sorts of furniture and household odds and ends at unbeatable prices. Drop off pieces you’ve been hoarding for too long (or schedule a free donation pickup) and browse ReStore’s selection of used modern and vintage home goods. You can feel good about spending here, too: all proceeds go towards building more Habitat houses in the community.

Philadelphia Salvage Company
2234 West Westmoreland Street, Allegheny, 267-687-1557

Like your reclaimed goods to have a little backstory? Philadelphia Salvage Company has wood from the historic Frankford Chocolate and Candy Factory and the last salvaged flooring from the iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel. Known for solid custom woodwork and salvage jobs, the company’s ever-changing inventory of endangered local materials lends itself to some cool made-to-order projects.

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The crew who run Philly Reclaim fashion custom furniture from wood salvaged by Philadelphia Community Corps members on their deconstruction jobs. | Photo: Sandy Smith

Philly Reclaim
150 West Butler Street, North Philadelphia, 267-687-7617

Philly Reclaim is the lucky beneficiary of the cool salvaged finds that Philadelphia Community Corps comes across while deconstructing abandoned buildings in the city. They’ll create made-to-order items to compliment your home’s aesthetic from their stockpile of lighting and chandeliers, marble and granite, reclaimed lumber and vintage furniture pieces. Trade in any antique or repurposed items you’re willing to part with for store credit!

Provenance
1801 North American Street #1E, North Philadelphia, 215-915-2002

Provenance’s warehouse is a giant treasure chest of impressive finds (King of Jeans sign here!). Browse the rows of funky vintage decor, stained-glass windows, and unique tiles and stumble upon random gems like vintage ballot boxes from the 1930s and a (fully-functional) Everlast stationary bicycle. Their always-expanding collection currently includes highlights like the Saint Bonaventure Church copper finials, a cabinet made out of a trillion drawer parts and a glamorous art deco bar, all of which can be ordered from the comfort of your couch. The team also offers deconstructing, refurbishing, and in-house designing services and will work with you to bring your décor visions to life.


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