So you’re ready to hop on the vintage train. Or maybe you’ve been riding that train since high school. Whether you’re a new convert or old pro, there are a handful of reasons to shop vintage now—and not just because Hollywood tells us it’s cool. Aside from one-of-a-kind appeal, bringing history into your home and thinking green, here are five favorite local reasons to keep up the old habit:
Moriarty’s Antiques & Curiosities: In a day when faux-vintage runs rampant, Moriarty’s gives a rare opportunity for a style- and history-conscious urbanite to scout-out treasures and knicknacks of her own. Moriarty’s serves up eclecticism and culture—if not a little oddball-ishness. It’s the kind of place we can see Brooklyn dwellers being wild about, but we prefer that it be kept one of Salt Lake’s little secrets. Read the entire post here.
Abode: The bright turquoise box-of-a-building on 900 East is filled (almost to the brim) with colorful items from yesteryear, both found and consigned. Alongside vintage aprons, dishes and serving trays that will brighten any living quarters, you’ll see antique hutches, retro lamps and mirrors fit for your grandmother’s parlor … and now yours. Read the entire post here.
Second Hand Chic: Displays here are color- and theme-coordinated and easy to shop, despite nooks and crannies that are practically packed to the brim. Vintage cookbooks sell for $6, a clear glass bird goes for $3, a set of pretty indigo china bowls are $12 for a set of six. Fun antique birthday and get-well cards go for $1 each. You’ll also see cake stands, glass buckets, and old chairs, desks and settees—even beds—and maybe an Elvis poster or two. Read the entire post here.
Elemente: Elemente has been around for 20-odd-years, providing Salt Lakers with nearly one-of-a-kind items spanning the thirty years from 1940 to 1970. Offbeat and unusual, this treasure trove serves up a hard-to-find touch of nostalgia minus the cutesy, cottage-esque feel of your average antique shop. Read the entire post here.
The Green Ant: Green Ant is packed with original designer furniture from such heavy architectural hitters as Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. While some pieces might require a little TLC—a sanding or a new coat of fresh white paint—many of Green Ant’s originals are in near-mint condition. Read the entire post here.