Architectural Salvage, San Diego Vintage Pioneer, Closing After 28 Years -

Architectural Salvage, San Diego Vintage Pioneer, Closing After 28 Years

Architectural Salvage, a vintage interior design and decor landmark in Little Italy, has announced a planned closing and Celebration Sale later this month.

The store, founded by artist and preservationist Elizabeth Scalice, was a pioneer in San Diego’s vintage and reclaimed interior scene. It was much-loved by interior designers, homeowners, and restoration enthusiasts alike.

“For 28 years, we’ve been an integral part of San Diego’s story, helping to restore pieces of its heart and soul,” Owner Elizabeth Scalice said in a press release. “Saying goodbye is bittersweet, but I’m filled with pride and gratitude for our community’s support. This upcoming sale is our way of expressing thanks and celebrating everything we’ve cherished together.”

To celebrate the store’s journey and reflect on its legacy, Architectural Salvage is planning a Celebration Sale from Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14.

The three-day sale will include deep discounts across its inventory, slices of cake for visitors, and an opportunity to reflect on 28 years of reclaiming history with owner Elizabeth Scalice.

If you’re unfamiliar with Architectural Salvage, the Little Italy landmark has championed reuse for nearly 30 years. It stocks a wide range of inventory, including everything from doorknobs to windows — all sourced from eclectic locations like abandoned nunneries and the markets of Budapest.

In 2004, Architectural Salvage was honored with the San Diego Earth Award for its continued commitment to landfill diversion and environmental stewardship.

For past customers, the store is encouraging them to bring in photos of their past finds or images of Patina the cat — an early fixture of the store — to create a shared memory board.

The Celebration Sale will kick off from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13. It will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 14. Architectural Salvage is located at 2401 Kettner Blvd.

If you’re looking for other vintage finds, check out our list of San Diego thrift stores.

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