Some of my most beloved pieces of furniture and decor have been culled from the vintage furniture stores right here in Richmond. I try to make a habit of scoping out my favorite second-hand shops monthly. I usually stick to the ones nearby in the Near West End — Eviction, Susan’s Selections, Verve Home Furnishings, and Born Again Furnishings.
In August, Class + Trash opened a second location in Scott’s Addition at 1720 Altamont Ave. I stumbled upon the new warehouse while leaving Eviction one Saturday morning. Class + Trash’s new space is filled with a mix of antiques, industrial pieces, hardware, along with patio furniture and garden decor. I purchased a galvanized “Virginia” sign that now hangs in my home office, along with a rusty metal “M” (for Moomaw) that adorns our tiny kitchen.
One of my all-time favorite places to find unique pieces is Verve Home Furnishings at 4903 W. Leigh St. Owner Kim Vincze’s love for Asian-inspired decor and Hollywood Regency style is on display in the 12,000-square-foot warehouse that she shares with a few other local vendors. When we first moved to town, we scored a fabulous English antique dining room table along with a funky orange floral wingback chair from the warehouse. If you are looking for a statement piece, this is the place to go.
Another go-to for accent furniture is Born Again Furnishings at 5446 W. Broad St. One recent Saturday morning when visiting the shop, as new items were being unloaded, and I eyed this teak record cabinet ($175). I have been looking for a new entryway piece for the past year-and-a-half, and finally came across this clean, contemporary-looking cabinet.
Born Again also sells up-cycled furniture as well. A few years ago I purchased this bar cart ($225) created by Bill McCarthy, who fuses together pieces to create rustic-meets-industrial furniture. I wrote this little Q&A about his re-fabricated pieces for R•Home awhile back.
Tucked behind the Krispy Kreme off Broad Street, Susan’s Selections has always proven to be a gold mine. When we first moved to town, I purchased an Martha Washington sewing table for $125 from the store. I even recall at one point in time seeing an authentic Cherner Chair.
The above vintage rattan chair that I found at Susan’s reminds me of my Nana Sue. When I was a little girl, her beach apartment was decorated with ’70s-era Peacock chairs. This small rattan chair was just $40 at Susan’s, which is such a steal. I saw a similar chair on Etsy recently for $225! Word on the street is that Susan’s is moving to a new location. More info TBA.
POP-UP SALES: Another way to find great pieces is at pop-up sales. For instance, Susan Auman of Ralph’s Warehouse had a fabulous yard sale a few years back, where I purchased a vintage typewriter ($25) in working condition, along with a few fun tcotckes. Also, last year, artist Maurice Beane and gallery owner Geraldine Duskin were hosting monthly warehouse sales in the back of Ghostprint Gallery. For $40 I bought three animal skulls, much to my husband’s chagrin.
What are your favorite places to purchase second-hand and vintage pieces in town? Currently looking for statement rugs, abstract artwork, and prints. I look forward to hearing your recommendations! cheers, marissa