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.
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 »
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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.
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.
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
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
I adore Era Atomica, the mid-century store that’s as endlessly shoppable as it is wildly cramped. In news that will delight all who ever felt as though they were bulls in Era’s china shop, Passyunk Post reports that the store is moving into bigger, better digs very soon. It’s not a far move—the shop is moving only one block away, to the former Tanquest space at 1835 East Passyunk Avenue—but in terms of gaining valuable retail space, it’s huge. The move will give Era Atomica a whopping three floors and 3,000 square feet of space, which the owners plan to fill with more vintage clothing (a collab with Astro Vintage, who closed their e-store just a few weeks ago), a greater inventory of smalls and larger items like bedroom sets and sectionals, and an on-site workshop where they hope to offer repair and reupholstery services for mid-century furniture.
Look for the move in the next six weeks, after a nuts-to-bolts remodel of the space. Until then, get your mid-century fix with the shop’s huge sales going on right now, like this 1950s telephone table, now 50 percent off.
Photo via Passyunk Post.
You’ve probably seen them about town: Elizabeth Nettles (event planner, Egan Day shopgirl, owner of the best shoe collection in the tri-state area) and Lisa Ertl (design aficionado, event planner, stylist). You might have even seen Elizabeth’s quirky living room in my style section of Philly Mag (that’s a shot of it up there; read more about it here). I’ve gotten a peek at the rest of Nettles’s home—and inside her closet—and I can report that both are bursting with furniture and knickknacks and treasures and, ohmigod, shoes. It’s the sort of collection that has you wishing you lived next door, or across the street, so that you could sneak over in the dead of night and root through her trash for castoffs. For those who can’t bear to trash-pick, you’ll be happy to hear that the stylish duo is hosting another one of their infamous Two Girls Tag Sales on Thursday, right in that bold blue living room.