Looking for a new look? In the market for a one-of-a-kind gift? Vintage furniture is durable, long-lasting, and, best of all, often comes with a long, storied history you won’t find in by-the-box stuff. The furniture on offer at these shops might not be new, but it’s most definitely new to you. By Jessica Allen.
Brooklyn Reclamation specializes in “mid-century industrial primitive furnishings.” If that’s a head scratcher, take a gander at the Williamsburg store’s website, or, better yet, head to the store itself, where you’ll surely fall for armchairs covered in plush golden velvet, antique bells begging to be rung or some other item that’s been weathered and worn to the point of being super-interesting. Another bonus? Brooklyn Reclamation prides itself on offering affordable pieces, so you won’t break the bank while decorating the digs.
Talk about curated: the folks behind Furnish Green carefully select a handful of pieces to display in the Herald Square showroom each week, pieces that have been double-checked for craftsmanship and durability. In addition to chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, bureaus, bookcases, and credenzas, the store features way cool retro items, such as old-fashioned keychains and record albums (there’s even a listening station, so you can hear before you buy). Check the website and follow Furnish Green on social media for frequent flash sales.
At Gramercy Vintage Furniture, you’ll find “unique, decorative, and deluxe” merchandise, lots of dark wood and polished surfaces. Think “grandparent chic,” not “musty basement.” If you’re looking for something fancy or elegant, something that harks back to a time when everyone wore hats and gloves, look no further than this overstuffed shop. Even if you’re not in the market, it’s fun to browse the sofas, objects d’art and alabaster curios from the 1800s and 1900s. You might even want to take the young people in your life, to show them what once was.
reGeneration began as a stall at a flea market in the early 1990s, but today it’s a huge showroom inside a former sausage-casing factory in Soho. (Note: reGeneration also has an outpost inside ABC Carpet & Home.) Along with custom-made pieces and collaborations with contemporary artists, reGeneration sells vintage home accessories and furniture, with a particular emphasis in rare mid-century American and Danish. You might describe the furniture on offer as “beautiful,” but “sleek,” “sophisticated,” and “urbane,” would do as well.
RePOP sells “vintage furniture and oddities,” combining “the overcrowded charm of an old-fashioned Parisian boutique with the promising clutter of a [M]idwestern junk shop.” You’ll find lamps, tables, desks, bureaus and other storage units and all kinds of seating — along with jewelry, signs, mirrors, antique fans, statues, sculptures, bottle openers, candles, and mannequin busts dating to the 1940s. Got a budding anatomist in your life? They’ll love the vintage medical illustration pull-down charts. The Williamsburg store offers design and staging services for your home or business too.