vintage furnishing goodies, anyone?

So the hunt for the perfect vintage kitchen table has begun at our home, and we ran into a couple of good shops I thought worth mentioning here:

Located on the corner of 13th Street and 2nd Ave in northeast (I mean, while you’re down there, grab a drink at 331, stop for eats at Erte or the Modern, make a day out of it!)… These guys were really helpful and knowledgeable about their inventory and had some items in storage they were willing to show us whenever we wanted. Prices = decent, selection = execllent (if you are into midcentury furnishings). If nothing else, it’s worth it to stop in to look at how the old bank space Spinario uses ends up being really functional and lovely as a gallery of sorts.

Located just into St. Paul on University (you can smell the Porky’s onion rings, if you are astute at such things), Swank has a fabulous collection of more kitchsy 50s-60s-70s furnishings. We most liked how the items for sale were set up in little living room or kitchenette setups. Prices were really good as well, and again, helpful and friendly staff. We didn’t buy anything, but I did notice all sales were final at Swank, so be sure before you buy.

Any other recommendations (other than good old Craig’s List) for good places to source vintage furnishings?

3 Comments so far

  1. John T. (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

    If you are willing to take a day trip down to Red Wing you can definitely find something. My office is in Pottery Place. There are lots of dealers there. I see furniture comming in and out all of the time.
    Memory Makers Antiques on Main Street in Red Wing usually has some good stuff as well, they actually focus more on furniture – I think. Mostly older than 1960’s though. Goodluck.

    John T.

  2. M (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    B-Squad Vintage
    5 E 38th St. Minneapolis MN
    Home furnishings, decor, and much more.
    Visit for more information.

  3. Leslie (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    You should also check out Succotash on Raymond just north of University (not too far from Swank) in St. Paul. They don’t have a large selection, but what they do showcase is fantastic stuff.

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