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My Favorite Richmond Vintage Furniture + Decor Boutiques

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-7-11-20-pm

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

Quirky finds at The Odd Couple Shop

One of my new favorite shops in town is The Odd Couple Shop, which is run by a husband-and-wife team who curate all sorts of curiosities. The shop is located in a warehouse at 202 N. 21st St., where Era Vintage stores inventory too. The Odd Couple Shop is appointment-only, but now and then they’ll have an open warehouse sale with Era Vintage.

Last weekend I went to their warehouse sale and bought a $45 oil painting of a man smoking a pipe (seen at top right). (I also bought a $7 psychedelic mushroom napkin holder from Era Vintage.) I’d describe The Odd Couple’s vibe as masculine, Victorian, quirky and at times “steam punk.” Oil paintings and Victorian furniture are juxtaposed by stuffed squirrels and ducks, deer skulls and typewriters.

The Odd Couple also does pop-ups shops with local and national stores, such as Need Supply Co., Northern Grade, Ledbury, Shockoe Denim, Release the Hounds and Steady Sounds.

Talking with one of the owners last weekend, I found out that the The Odd Couple Shop is going to open up a space at Cold Harbor Antiques Mall in Mechanicsville in November.

To follow The Odd Couple Shop on Facebook, click here. To follow them on Instagram, click here. Photo credit: Four of the images are pulled from The Odd Couple Shop’s Instagram account.

Clothing consignment at Clementine

20130910-204211.jpgI decided to consign my clothes the other day, because a.) I like money and would like more of it, and because b.) I have a lot of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. I prefer to dress like a bohemian, so my “nice” clothes mostly collect dust. After hearing about Clementine through my colleague Anne, I ventured over to the consignment shop on Cary Street to see if the owner would accept any of my “finer” pieces of clothing to sell in her shop.

Here’s the way it goes down to consign at Clementine: The owner (this fabulously dressed and super cute woman) accepts new consigners on Tuesdays. So, you come in anytime on Tuesday (no appointment necessary) and hand over your bags of stuff and she rummages through your clothes, shoes, scarves and purses. This takes about 10 minutes. Then she calls you up and tells you what she is going to accept to consign, what she will consider for a season in the future, and what she is rejecting over all. You sign an agreement form and she starts selling your goods in the store.

Yesterday when I brought in my bags of “stuff I no longer wanted,” she agreed to consign two green chiffon long-sleeved knee-length J.Crew dresses, a gray plaid J.Crew tunic, a chocolate silk J.Crew sleeveless blouse, a black-and-red leather clutch and black floral scarf.

She told me to bring back my pink wool cable knit Polo sweater in February; she told me to bring back my Anthro tops, silk Penguin by Munsingwear cami (note: my Nana used to model for Musingwear in Minneapolis in the ’50s), silk J.Crew blouses and a summery lace dress in May. She accepts clothes upon season. (This is obvious, but didn’t occur to me when purging of my wares in my closet. I was a little overzealous with the whole clothing cleansing process.)

As for the rejects, she didn’t want to sell my Burberry crop jacket (part of the material was discolored), red leather jacket, cowl-neck French Connection sweater, and two red cocktail dresses by BCBG. I understand why she passed on these items even though they were “designer” lines, because they are seasons old. (My mom bought me that Burberry jacket 11 years ago — with a Burberry limited edition Barbie. I was still a child.)

As for lines and labels that Clementine does like to carry: Anthropologie, Boden, Citizens, Diane von Furstenberg, Frye, Free People, Gap, JBrand, JCrew, Jeffrey Campbell, Lacoste, good ol’ Lily Pulitzer (note: the amount of ladies in RVA that like Lily rivals the ladies who like Lily in my hometown of Naples, Fla.), Marc Jacobs, Milly, Nanette, Lepore, Seven Splendid, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and Velvet.

I’m really amped about the idea of consigning my clothes. I will get half of the profits that Clementine pulls in for my clothes. This excites me. Let’s see what I reap. One worry: I will spend my “winnings” on clothing in the shop. They have fabulous stuff.

xo, marissa

Nellie George on Libbie & Grove

20130909-195622.jpgAt the end of August, Nellie George, a chic women and girls’ boutique, opened at the Shops at Libbie and Grove. The owner Nancy Gottwald wanted to open a shop that catered to females of all ages, from babies and toddlers to tweens and women.

The interior of the shop is decorated by Janie Molster and Kate Stikeleather in graphic wallpaper, turquoise beaded chandeliers and fun, funky furniture.

For casual day-to-day basics, Gottwald carries lines such as BB Dakota, Free People and Eight Sixty. For trendier, more expensive lines, Gottwald carries Tibi, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Ramy Brook and Calypso St. Barth.

For accessories, she carries Dolce Vita flip flops ($40), Lolo clutches and zip bags, TKees flip flops ($51), Deepa Gurnani embellished headbands ($50+), Kim & Zozi bohemian bracelets ($46+) and Yosi Samra flats ($68).

Children’s clothing lines include Splendid, Ella Moss, baby Yosi Samras and Milly.

Nellie George is located at 5714 Grove Ave. For more information, call the shop at (804) 288-0894.

Era Vintage in Church Hill

I have a new obsession. It’s the shop Era Vintage in Church Hill, owned by Diana Mathews. In spring 2011, Mathews launched her website, which sells home decor, furniture, clothing and accessories from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s. She opened her brick-and-mortar store at 2704 E. Marshall St. in late June. It’s right around the corner from Dutch & Co., WPA Bakery, and word on the street is that a home decor shop is going to open across the way from Era in the near future. I love this store because there are some great quirky finds, but also, most importantly, the prices are reasonable.

Era Vintage is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Milo Baughman + Thayer Coggin Mod Furniture Exhibit at LaDiff

LaDiff down in Shockoe Slip has a mid-century modern furniture exhibit on display through this Sunday — April 21. The exhibit showcases furniture by mod designer Milo Baughman and furniture maker Thayer Coggin.

I’m a big fan of mod design — even before my infatuation with Mad Men and Don Draper. I love the clean lines, durable woven fabrics, colorful leather and hints of metallic and wood. To learn more about the exhibit, click here for our RHome blog post, and here for LaDiff’s blog post.

clockwise from top left: Scoop Chair (1953), Scoop Too (1955), Giant Tub Chair (1965), Boldido Chair (1987), furniture designer Milo Baughman, Jr., Milo Design Classic (1966), Feelin’ Groovy Swivel Chair (1967), Eggshell Chair (1957), Draper Chair (1965), Design Classic Sofa (1964), Fred Chaise Lounge (1953), Design Classic Sofa with Viceroy Recliner (1965), Viceroy Recliner, Draper Chair.