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The Best Places for Vintage Furniture and More

Lindsay Noyes | June 11, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life Shopping

The city has had an ongoing affair with all things vintage. But Mad Men brought our obsession with mid-century everything to another level. When our eyes aren’t darting between Don Draper and Joan Holloway, we’re checking out their couches and coffee tables. Luckily, the city has all sorts of new consignment stores—from Stuff to a relocated Antique Furniture and Design Mall—chock full of great finds from the 60s, and lots more.

Stuff, 150 Valencia St., (415) 864-2988

With 17,000 square feet of furniture, clothes, jewelry, and more, you can spend hours getting lost in the past at this beautifully curated space. For the most part, Stuff’s dealers sell mid-century modern pieces, but the inventory can range all the way back to the Victorian era. And if you drop in on a Sunday, you’ll catch a flea market in the parking lot!

Current staff favorites:

  • Early 60’s Johannes Andersen teak dining table set, including six chairs in indigo blue and Danish wool. ($495/chair)

  • Milo Baughman settee with soft black leather upholstery and a Brazilian rosewood frame. ($6500)

  • Vintage runway designer jewelry, from Chanel to Pierre Cardin ($800–$2500)

Leftovers, 1414 Van Ness Ave., 415-409-0088

Leftovers offers beautiful items, much of it at great prices. Multiple deliveries a day keeps the inventory fresh, from birdcages and typewriters to dining tables and dressers. Good news: Leftovers is moving to an even larger space down the street at 1350 Van Ness Ave on July 1st.

Current staff favorites:

  • Six-foot, four-panel, hand-painted gold screen with aviary theme ($580)

  • Antique Asian Gump’s armoire ($1205)

  • Montauk cotton chenille sofa with walnut frame ($1900)

Antique Furniture and Design Mall, 248 Utah St.; 538 Castro St.; 1122 Howard St., (415) 656-3530

This is the same place that used to be located out off Bayshore in a dusty, two-story building. Its new Utah Street space draws customers that have their eyes peeled for Scandinavian, Swedish, and Bavarian mid-century furniture, but the store's notoriously wide selection of antiques guarantees something for all tastes. If you’re looking for gifts, drop by their brand new, smaller Castro location for the perfect housewarming tchotcke.

Current staff favorites:

  • 1910 German/Bavarian cigar cutter ($185)

  • 920’s Vienna Bronze cat sculpture ($425)

  • 1916 Parker Face Pen, extremely rare ($750)


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