Anyplace where there is a significant number of golf courses, early-bird specials or AARP members will, most likely, also have a significant number of treasure troves in the form of vintage and consignment stores.
Take Palm Springs, California, for example, where estate sales run amok. Or—better since it’s just a wee five hours from Salt Lake City—St. George, Utah. A recent jaunt to the southern portion of the state turned up many pleasantries, but one that shined brightest was Urban Renewal, situated right on the Boulevard alongside mid-century hotels with kidney-shaped swimming pools.
Urban Renewal scouts out consigned and found vintage furnishings as well as used-but-cute apparel. Walk inside, and your inner antique scout will steer you directly toward a vintage blue tablecloth with white scalloped stitching or a tea set fit for your grandmother’s windowed hutch. Or maybe it’s a ’40s-era striped cigarette case or gingham apron that will speak to your heart.
Our crew left with a set of yesterday’s place mats, embroidered dishtowels and a baby blue train case. We left behind vintage kitchen chairs, enameled brooches, midcentury cribs and, as you can probably imagine, house-fulls more.
The best part is that unlike many of Salt Lake’s consignment stores, a glance at the price tags at Urban Renewal won’t leave you gasping. Plus, it’s easy to shop thanks to the store’s no-clutter (or at least low-clutter) merchandising. And, let’s get serious, it’ll leave you with a Boulevard experience worth bragging about. (Unlike Spring Break ’99.)
5 E. St. George Boulevard
St. George, Utah
*Photography by Lacey Pappas