I’m on the hunt for a vintage armoire that will fit in my client’s new foyer. She just renovated her home in Noe Valley and we’re looking for something with character that will hide the clutter. Her twin girls are in elementary school – so I’m sure you can imagine the books, shoes, coats, art projects etc. that end up in that front room.
On my quest to find the perfect armoire, I visited some of my favorite “Second Hand” furniture stores in San Francisco. I haven’t found the piece yet… but I had so much fun looking! Below are some of the inspiring objects that can be found at these fabulous stores.
Thrift Town: Located in the Mission District of SF, you can find anything from childrens books and toys to very cool desks and dressers. www.thrifttown.com
Room 4: Love this tiny gem of a store. The prices were the most reasonable, and they really had a great mix of eclectic items. I wanted to take those little foot stools home with me – They were only $39.50 for the pair!!! www.room4.com
The Other Shop: Located on Divisidero Street, this store really has some interesting things. I found the prices to be a little high, but their unique mix of furniture may justify it. I thought those accordion doors on the night stands (pictured right) were kitschy and I can totally see them painted in Benjamin Moore Blue Lagoon against crisp white walls. www.othershopsf.com
City Art: On Valencia & 19th, this is a cooperative gallery owned by local artists. I LOVE buying art here, and am always inspired by the talent that we have in SF. From left to Right: Henri’s Watercolors, dk haas paintings, Angelo Di Pietrantonio. www.cityartgallery.org
The Apartment, Harrington Galleries and Leftovers are also GREAT places to find classic pieces large and small. Use your imagination when shopping second hand. A fresh coat of paint can almost always make a slightly tired piece look modern and chic.
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