A glimpse at the warehouse. | Photos via Maggpie.
Over here at Shoppist, we’re total fangirls of Maggie and Jason, the duo behind Maggpie Vintage Rentals, a Port Richmond-based company that rents incredible vintage furniture and decor for events and photoshoots. Their colossal warehouse is the stuff of vintage lovers’ dreams: one whole floor of chairs in all shapes and sizes, fantastically weathered tapestries, weird-but-wonderful wicker pieces, and everything else you’d ever want to put in your home.
A while back, they started selling some of their stuff, a one-off piece here and there on Instagram. And then they launched an e-store, where you can find everything from china and flatware to dining tables and upholstered chairs. And now, today until 5pm, they’re hosting a huge warehouse sale. Which means this: Sneak out of work early and go. Read more »
That loveseat. THAT. LOVESEAT. | Image via Trove Decor Facebook.
The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend! Read more »
Don’t overlook the vintage shops. | Malena’s Vintage.
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will drop $74 on a Halloween costume this year. While a good penguin suit always gets a laugh or two, it’s not the smartest investment. I mean, how many times can you be a giant penguin before it stops being funny? (I’ll let you answer that for yourself.) If you’re looking to spend on something you’ll wear after Halloween (unlike a penguin suit), while simultaneously ensuring you’ll have the coolest costume at any party, this is the list for you – complete with costume ideas and local stores where you can score them. Your perfect costume awaits.
Vintage heaven. | Image via Malena’s Vintage Boutique.
One of my favorite vintage shops in the area, Malena’s Vintage, is tucked on a corner of semi-sleepy West Gay Street in West Chester. I’ve found some incredible pieces there, like this studded leather jacket and this crinoline slip; owner Malena has a great eye and, if you’re lucky, she’ll take you into her next-door showroom, where she stocks pieces that haven’t yet made it onto the store floor. Tomorrow, though, she’s opening up this secret showroom to the public — and discounting everything.
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The perfect footstool. | Image via Territory Hard Goods.
There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a major vintage find. I scored one back in 2008 — a cool armchair on the side of some road out by Princeton — and somehow manhandled it by myself into the back of a convertible I was driving (I forget how or why I was in this car, because I do not own a convertible). It was winter and I froze the whole way home, but it was worth it because the armchair had potential and I would reupholster and refinish it back to its pre-street-side glory. Only I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. (Secret: I don’t think I ever will.)
This is the problem with less-than-perfect vintage goods: It seems like a good idea, the whole coolly artisanal upcycling thing, until you realize you have no time to actually do it. Which is why I turn to Territory Hard Goods, a Kensington-based company that sources cool vintage furniture and home accessories (and cleans up/reupholsters when necessary). You can buy their finds on the Territory Hard Goods Etsy store, or find them at local flea markets like Clover Market. A tip: Follow them on Instagram to be the first to know about new products. Another tip: Don’t bother to pick up armchairs on the side of the road unless you really, really plan to do something with them. Read more »
Some of the goodies you’ll find at Century 21’s new LXR&Co shop-in-shop. | Photos via LXR&Co.
Now firmly settled in its Gallery location, Century 21 is introducing a new concept to its Philly outpost: an in-store designer vintage shop. The permanent addition is a LXR&Co shop, a luxury vintage company with five retail locations across the country.
Slated to open to the public on February 6th, the shop-in-shop will sell estate jewelry and vintage accessories (watches, bags, jewelry, scarves) from brands including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, Bulgari and Cartier, at 30 to 90 percent off retail prices.
Get a preview of standout items here.
If you’re a true vintage obsessive, you know Cameron Silver from Decades, the legendary vintage boutique in LA. If you’re a Bravo obsessive, then you know him from ‘Dukes of Melrose,’ the short-lived reality TV series documenting the glamorous and deliciously over-the-top business of vintage couture. And if you don’t know him at all, well, then even more reason to get down to Joan Shepp tomorrow to meet him and see what real high-end vintage is all about.
Details about that vintage here.
Photo by Evan Schapiro.
Name: Diana Yu
‘Hood: Center City (though she’s soon heading to study abroad in London)
Day job: College student
Where We Found Her: Leaving lunch with her mom and aunt
What She’s Wearing: Circa-1970s dress from a vintage boutique on Etsy; Re-Mix shoes from Anthropologie, Balenciaga bag.
Click here to see where she gets her online shopping fix.
We’re half-way through Philly Wine Week, are your teeth stained yet? Here’s what’s going on for Wednesday, March 26th.
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