While in Rehoboth on a mini vacation, I discovered a gem of an antiques shop. I was in the store shopping for about an hour. I knew I had something was up when the owner ended up putting me to work. I helped him move some chairs. Ultimately, it was time well spent as I found some great things. The above was my favorite – this African serving tray. While I didn’t buy one this time, I just love it! Check out the following other great finds:
FOR THE BAR…
Incorporate vintage pitchers, shakers, decanters to add sophistication for the bar. Had to buy this great wood/chrome ice bucket with matching tongs.
Mid-Century Chrome Side Table
Hat Box and Shoe Form
Hat boxes take me back…my grandfather had the best hats and the boxes were always really amazing. I couldn’t resist the shoe form which makes a great paper weight.
Creepy Old Portrait
Not sure why but I was drawn to this piece.
Vases, bowls, oh my!
I always love to check out vintage accessories – if you choose carefully – you can enhance the decor of your place. I had to have the small black glass vase and the large grey ceramic vase. Both are the sort you might find at West Elm or Crate and Barrel, at a fraction of the price.
Mid-Century Magazine Rack
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK
This marble slab lamp only needed a new shade. And the oval back chair, reupholstered would make a great desk chair. The set of four splat back chairs were so charming and would be stunning with an upholstery update as well.
I absolutely had to have the Speedaway sled. Despite growing up in New Orleans where there are no hills and it rarely snows. And I like the irony. The vintage (working) projector was also tempting but the sled blew it out of the water.
MORE BARGAINS AND MORE ADVICE
When you are prepared to buy several things, you have leverage…so, try to get the price down! Also be on the lookout for backrooms where items are discounted. The vintage frames above were $2 a pop. It just so happened that they were running a sale on vintage books, $5 all you can fit in a shopping bag. I filled 3 bags…thanks mom for teaching me how to pack…I got a lot of bang for my $15.
I had to pop in to the Hell’s Kitchen flea market while I was in New York this weekend. While I must say that the selection of furnishings and accessories was not as great as the Brooklyn Flea Market, I still found some great pieces. Here are some of my favorite finds. Above, this vintage desk with hutch was stunning and in great condition
1960s Steel Trunks with wood slats – there were 3 sizes at great prices – very tempting.
Industrial Fans in assorted sizes
1960s Leather Suitcase
Assorted Drawings and Vintage Reproduction Photographs – I purchased these 3 for $8
RH: Furniture Factory Cart Vintage Find: Industrial Factory Cart
Restoration Hardware has been revived with their latest catalog featuring beautiful antique reproductions and vintage inspired pieces I wanted to run to the store but as many of you know, the Bolyston street location in Boston closed a couple of years ago. I am still quite upset about that. While I love this new direction, I couldn’t help but think, reproductions? why not get the real deal. When I was in New York, I went antiquing at the Brooklyn Flea market. A lot of the things that caught my eye there are similar to the vintage pieces I love at Restoration. So, I thought why not do a little comparison. You be the judge, what’s better, the vintage piece or the reproduced piece. Have fun!
[THE FACTORY CART] Pictured above. I have been seeing these carts everywhere used as coffee tables so I snapped a shot at the Brooklyn Flea. The owner was asking $800 for this beauty, the RH versions start at $995.
RH: Pharmacy Bath Cabinet
Vintage Find: Pharmacy Cabinet (Right) and Stainless Cabinet
[THE PHARMACY CABINET] Unfortunately, I don’t have pricing information on the vintage versions of this trend but they would be comparable in asking price to the RH versions, which start at $1195. I really love the steel cabinet on casters – these two retro pieces I found on Craigslist, check out the source, J. Pasternak and Son of Rockland, ME.
RH: Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk
RH: Mayfair Steamer Collection Vintage Find: Black Leather Trunk
[THE TRUNK] Clearly RH has picked up on the trunk trend and taken it to a new level with their variety of uses and adaptations. The Mayfair Steamer Collection features trunks as night stands and dressers (which I must say I am not a big fan of). And the secretary ($3995) shown above is just wow…. My vintage find in New York is this beautiful black leather trunk with luxurious silk damask lining. I almost bought it for $60 but alas I was taking the bus home. The RH large trunks start at $999, no thanks. But count me in for the leather Buckle chair shown with the secretary.
RH: Devon Chair and Flatiron Desk
Vintage Finds: Swan Chair (above) Industrial Steel Desk (below)
[VINTAGE CHAIR AND DESK] The Devon Chair by RH ($795), pictured above with the RH Flatiron desk ($1295) is a clear knock-off of the Swan chair by architect and designer, Arne Jacobsen. The RH Devon chair does have casters and the price isn’t bad especially since vintage Swan Chairs start at $3500. The Chair pictured can be found at Design Within Reach, for $8088 in walnut leather. The flatiron desk by RH is also nice but a vintage alternative I found is this steel desk, also from J. Pasternak and Son.
RH: Subway Sign Art Large Vintage Find: Authentic Subway Roll Sign
[SUBWAY ROLL SIGN] At the Brooklyn Flea, I stopped in my tracks when I saw this framed old subway sign. Kind of regret not grabbing it, it wasn’t bad at $250. The RH large sign is $795, yikes. I think I will stick to the vintage one, especially since the roll is an authentic sign from the J line on the NYC subway system. Point for RH with the 1900s industrial tool chest replica though, shown in the image above. This chest is stunning, functional, and versatile, performing as nightstand or end table.
RH: Benson Pendant Vintage Find: Industrial Pendants
[INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING] These industrial pendant fixtures were eye catching at the Brooklyn Flea. I thought they would make a great addition to a loft in an old warehouse. I love the idea of incorporating pieces that allude to the history of the building. And not to worry, these fixtures can be retrofitted to work with incandescent lamps. The cost for each fixture was $50, $120 for the three. The RH Benson pendant is a more sleek alternative, adding diffused light and sparkle. I especially love the polished nickel finish but you can also purchase it in satin nickel for a more industrial look. And Benson comes in a variety of sizes, starting at $189, on sale now.
Conclusions I am torn…while I am a huge fan of the industrial and vintage furnishings and their generally more reasonable prices. I can appreciate that RH is celebrating these chic pieces from years past and adapting them for modern use. Which were your favorites, vintage or RH? As you go running out to buy stuff, just don’t forget to check out your local antiques markets.