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May 21, 2011 / Linda Hartong


We are taking an afternoon walk along Lincoln St and spot a cute shop in an old house. The distinctive pink door is open

and the sign reads “Off The Wall Architectural Antiques”.

We love the architectural salvage stores in Kansas City, so we decide to investigate further. This is how we first meet Ann Marie and her Pekingese “Tricky Woo”.

This is a treasure trove of artifacts from times now only remembered. Period light fixtures are one of her specialties and on this day we find a sweet little lamp to hang over our kitchen table in the cottage.

The next time we visit, a new Pekingese greets us. This is “Chang Woo” who looks a bit like a dust mop.

He gives us the evil eye.

But it seems that is only because it is his dinner time and he is ready to eat the salmon and sweet potato dinner that Ann Marie is preparing for him.

Today we are shopping for beveled glass and Ann Marie has a wonderful selection. While Bill bargains for a curved beveled and leaded window from Cincinnati , Ohio circa 1890, I ask if I can take photos of her shop for my blog and she graciously agrees. I find more wonderful chandeliers,

stained glass,

columns and Victorian mill work. A child’s tiny stove catches my eye.

One of her specialties is door knobs.

I find pedestal sinks, footed bath tubs and miscellaneous treasure

I wander up to Ann Marie’s desk area to see how the bargaining is going.

Both Bill and I are startled to see a bird fly into the door and through the shop. Neither Ann Marie or Chang Woo bat an eye. It appears that the bird is a bluejay they have named “Oscar”. Ann Marie keeps a bowl of unshelled- peanuts for him in the shop. He is a daily customer.

We make the deal, chat a bit longer and go get the car to take the glass home. As her website states “STOP BY”~YOU’LL LOVE ALL THE STUFF”.

Off The Wall Architectural Antiques

On Lincoln near 5th, East Side

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923 

district: Carmel-By-The-Sea

1.831.624.6165  |  Website



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  1. jeanette sclar / May 22 2011 4:41 pm

    Like Architectural Salvage without the shipping!

  2. Teresa / Aug 6 2016 8:24 am

    Oooh! Decorative door handles! Just what I’ve been looking for! Does this shop still exist? Is there a website. I live in the UK.

    Thank you

    • Linda Hartong / Aug 10 2016 4:55 pm

      sorry the shop is now closed. The owner was elderly and retired.

  3. Jean McLaughlin / Sep 10 2017 2:43 pm

    Love your shop. It is like stepping back in time. I would buy all you door latches and hang them on my walls inside picture frames. Your stain glass pieces are gorgeous and unusual very one of a kind. I could spend days in your shop and never see all of your treasures. I live near Philadelphia,PA so I doubt I will ever get to walk through your beautiful shop but please put more pictures on Facebook so I can dream of walking around your treasures. Jean


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