The Old Home Supply House in Fort Worth is treasure trove of old and not-so-old building materials, home supplies, decorative accessories, and just about anything else you can imagine. Browsing through this architectural salvage shop is a treat, whether you`re looking to buy anything or not.
The treats of The Old Home Supply House are spread out on all four corners of College and Jefferson in the Historic Fairmount District (the official address is 1801 College Ave.), and every inch of the space is needed to contain the myriad products. You`ll find room after room after room jam-packed with such a variety of products it`s almost overwhelming. But don`t get overwhelmed, or give up, because it`s worth it to keep looking.
One building, and the yard surrounding it, contains mostly outdoor and patio-type products such as a gazebo, arbors, fountains, benches, garden balls, planters, and statuary, though the two suits of armor would probably fare better inside than out.
Across the street in an outdoor location you`ll find plumbing supplies such as sinks, toilets, tubs, and pipes, as well as windows, doors, grill and iron work. It`s all just there, waiting for you to discover it, stacked and piled, on the ground and shelves and up against the fence.
That`s part of the fun of The Old Home Supply House: digging through the stacks or piles and coming across something unique or truly beautiful; something you might not have expected to find, and couldn`t find anywhere else.
Doors and windows take up a lot of the space in the buildings that make up The Old Home Supply House. There are narrow and wide, short and tall doors, paneled doors, French doors, glass doors, patio doors, and when I was there, even a couple outhouse doors, and a whole outhouse as well!
Small stained glass panels, as well as mid-sized and large stained glass artwork (likely from a church), are just some of the many, many windows available: others are big, small, square, arched, clear and with color.
And just as doors and windows are in plentiful supply, so are the chandeliers: they`re everywhere. Keep looking up or you`ll miss them, and it would be a real shame to miss them. You`ll find chandeliers large and ornate, small and ornate, silly, colorful, and everything in between.
What else will you find at The Old Home Supply House? Just about anything you could possibly imagine finding in an architectural salvage store. Staircase railings, fireplace mantles, columns, pedestals. Bins and bins and boxes of crystals, hinges, hardware for drawers, cabinets and doors, house numbers, locks, keys. You name it, it`s here.
But that`s still not all. When I was there, there was a collection of old toys and games, lunchboxes, paintings and pictures, knick knacks, signs, and even several things unidentified. Not exactly architectural salvage, but old, pretty interesting, and capable of bringing up a memory or two or three.
When you go to The Old Home Supply House`”and you should definitely go`”give yourself lots of time so that you can really explore, because that`s what it`s all about. Let your inner child in the candy store come out, and revel in this store. You won`t regret it.
You can visit The Old Home Supply House Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.