You know about the Flea Markets and Swap Meets in Los Angeles, but sometimes you have a bigger project that might require some building supplies. For instance, lumber, doors, lighting, shutters or garden accessories. Here is a list of used building supplies in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Using salvaged architectural pieces not only helps the environment but it adds history and a “one of a kind” feel to your project.
I recently moved to a new/old home and we are updating it using salvaged pieces. This is my list of favorites and I am attaching my friend Ryan’s list as well. Ryan and his girlfriend used mostly salvaged materials when updating their North Hollywood home. Their really cool kitchen island made from bowling alley floors. He has documented ALL the cool places to search. Happy hunting!
1600 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021, on the corner of Santa Fe Ave and Olympic Blvd in downtown Los Angeles, (213) 623.3119.
They have a large supply of doors, cast iron tubs, toilets and sinks.
1085 Manzanita St, Los Angeles, CA 90029, between Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd, (323) 667.2875
They have furniture, built-ins, light fixtures, a large supply of doors and over sized windows, hardware, and bath fixtures. They will negotiate on price.
Pasadena Architectural Salvage
30 S. San Gabriel Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107, ph: (626)535.9655
Inventory includes mantels, lighting, stained glass, iron work, plumbing fixtures, door & window hardware and furniture representing the Arts & Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau and Victorian periods.
Freeway Building Materials
1124 S. Boyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90023, at Opal St. between 7th and 8th Streets (323) 261.8904.
This place was featured on season 2 of “Top Design” and is a favorite of Hollywood prop masters and set designers. Large supply of doors, stained glass windows, door knobs, old brick, flagstones, lumber and unusual objects. The prices are negotiable.
Olde Good Things
1800 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213)746.8600.
Architectural antiques, artifacts and oddities. It is worth a trip. I go here if I am looking for something out of the ordinary to decorate a room. I find their prices on the higher side.
13100 S BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90061 (310) 769-6600
A good website with photos of their inventory. They have an 18,000 square foot warehouse filled
with custom cabinets, furniture, lighting, garden treasures, doors, iron work and lots more.
I have purchased things from the Rose Bowl from them, too.
This is Ryan’s extensive list: Green Building & Salvage Nov 2010 check it out!!!
The bowling alley lanes recently removed from Cougar Lanes in Omaha, Nebraska. There’s more of these lanes available now through Resource Conservation Group, a salvaged and reclaimed lumber company. Their contact info is: