Just because you don't have a wood-burning hearth, doesn't mean your apartment doesn't deserve an antique mantel. OK, maybe that's stretching it, but a repurposed mirror made of a salvaged tin ceiling isn't. Up your decor game by respecting history. Here's where to find the area's coolest stuff (Bob Vila would be proud):
The Brass Knob
2311 18th St., NW
This two-story staple on Adams Morgan's most popular strip is teaming with historic DC rowhouse salvage just waiting to be repurposed. True, brass knobs are available in droves, but the real gems, in our opinion, are the lighting fixtures, which range from antique crystal chandeliers to more modern art deco features.
Olde Good Things at Eastern Market
225 7th St., SE
Don't miss the sellers who set up under the moniker of Olde Good Things in the southeastern corner of the outdoor weekend flea market. Tin ceiling not only looks awesome, but is relatively cheap to purchase and install. And if you're not ready for that kind of commitment, be sure to check out the mirrors, which come in decorative frames made out of repurposed antique tin ceiling squares.
4671 Tanglewood Dr. | Edmonston, Md.
Talking to a designer friend of ours, we heard someone once found a $5,000 custom poured concrete sink at this Sustainable Community Initiatives project in Prince George's County on sale for $75. Urban myth? You'll have to visit to find out.
Housewerks Architectural Salvage
1415 Bayard St. | Baltimore, Md.
Sure, this salvage company is based out of Baltimore, but once you get a load of their selection, the train ride or drive to get there will be well worth it. With everything from plumbing fixtures, to cast iron work to salvage stone and wood just waiting to become a feature wall or cabinet, this place is a Mecca for decorators and individuals whose eye for design is as equally as focused as their eye for history.
999-C Shenandoah Shores Road | Front Royal, Va.
No longer just a Bob Dylan song, this Maggie's Farm houses some of the areas best architectural salvage. And with a website called old house parts dot net, it better be. Beware though, don't come here expecting smaller knick-knacks or a ceiling full of antique lights. This shop is geared toward the builder.
Or forget about trekking to Baltimore or the 'burbs. If you're simply looking for old, but stylish furnishings, direct your browser to Listed District, a blog whose author Ellen Richardson scours the dregs of Craigslist and curates only the best, so you don't have to. Seriously, book mark it.