We’ve never met a flea market, antiques show, or salvage store we didn’t like. In fact, Annie’s many treasures from trips to these places often wind up front and center in our Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert catalogs. But when we need big, bold, architectural pieces like doors, molding, pillars, and tile that we can repurpose to create Annie’s signature design looks, we head to the Historic Albany Foundation’s Architectural Parts Warehouse.
The Historic Albany Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1974 with the goal of preserving and protecting buildings that have architectural, historic, and civic value. It also runs a variety of educational and assistance programs to rehabilitate the amazing buildings of upstate New York’s Capital District. For us, a trip to the Architectural Parts Warehouse is like being turned loose in a really fab retro candy store, and we could spend entire days perusing the thousands of salvaged pieces in their inventory, including doors, windows, radiators, sinks, pillars, shutters, clawfoot tubs, antique furniture and lighting, marble pieces, and door hardware. Scroll down for a look at how we use all these goodies in our photo shoots.
The warehouse is open for limited hours and isn’t able to ship, but it’s so worth the in-person visit. The next time you’re in the Albany area, make a date to stop in.