I hear you, you’re tired of IKEA, but you don’t want to settle with the fluffy florally couch you inherited from your grandmother. I sat down with Paige Loczi and chatted about the abundance of local, vintage furniture stores—we had a lot to talk about so let’s just get right down to our favorites.
STUFF, on 150 Valencia street, is not the kind of stuff you got rid of last spring, it’s 8,200 sq feet of antique modern magic! They carry mid-century design, Danish, mod, and art deco furniture in addition to home accessories like one-of-a-kind chandeliers, vintage clothing and jewelry. One of Stuff’s talented design staff, Allison Probus, gave me the low-down on their in-house upholsterer Chris Howard who Allison states is spot-on on his fabric selection. Chris also has his own spot in the East Bay called Antiques and Modern, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, there’s more.
THE OTHER SHOP, one of Lower Haight’s treasures is located on 372 Divisadero street. I’ve walked by here many times, nearly breaking my neck while staring longingly into their showroom windows. This shop is a collective featuring 18 Bay Area dealers who specialize in restored 20th-century furniture, mid-century furniture, glassware and various collectables. Their newest items consist of colorful and eclectic vintage vases and a mid-century wine chest with wine carafes, scotch decanters and accessories to boot!
SAN FRANCISCO’S ANTIQUE AND DESIGN MALL is an enormous find. Hidden in SF’s industrial district on 701 Bayshore Blvd, this antique mart takes pride in their space and offers a variety of antiques for any budget. You can seriously get lost in this place—in a good way. They currently house 200 design specialists but are willing to share, offering 100 – 1500 sq feet booths for lease to dealers who’d like to display their goods.
HARRINGTON GALLERIES, once known as Harrington Brothers, is still a great place for vintage furniture, antiques, lighting, accessories and jewelry. Harrington Galleries are fair and sometimes willing to negotiate on the pricing, but that’s not all. For your convenience, they offer a $50 flat rate delivery fee good for anywhere in San Francisco. They also provide complete estate liquidation and appraisals, as well as prop rentals for glamorous settings, including the Oscar-winning film Milk, which sourced many of its props from Harrington Galleries.
THE APARTMENT, with its bright and cheery yellow exterior, it’s hard to miss this store located on 3469 18th street. Known as “a vintage lover’s heaven,” in part due to its knowledgable staff and competitive prices, the Apartment houses an array of classic mid-century furniture, Pop Art pieces and quirky trinkets like a dozen Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll heads and their famous 1$ tray.
PAST PERFECT, both locations, 2224 Union St and 2246 Lombard St are a trove of Danish modern, 70’s pop and mid-century furniture. They seem to have a keen eye for all sorts of lighting fixtures, art sculptures, and even vintage baby prams—all in perfect condition. Some of their merchandise notes the date it was made which is informative and refreshing.
Now you’re all set. You know where to go and what to get, but what if you find yourself in a rut as to how to accessorize your home, or rewire that amazing lamp so that it actually works? Compiled are some other local specialist known for their ability to make your once-loved pieces look and work like new.
Yuri, the same name as the first man in space, is also the first name of the man who owns and operates Yuri’s Lights. He can re-wire just about any lamp or light fixture.
Restoration Furnishing, however, is a unique company that offers restorative solutions for antique, and vintage wood finds. They most recently completed a refinishing project at the Christian Dior store downtown! If you’re more into keeping it small and sustainable they can emulate traditional wood finishing results with a non-solvent based lacquer.
The finishing touches can sometimes be just as important as the big pieces so we wanted to spread the word on the amazing products at Timeless Treasures. There you’ll find the largest selection of vintage letters in all shapes and sizes on the West Coast, including re-purposed memorabilia and antique furnishings you won’t find anywhere else.