Today dawned gray and drizzly. But this did not stop a group of us from joining Loren Weiner in her Vintage Shopping Tour. Loren is a great guide as she is passionate about vintage and more importantly, the design possibilities it offers. She has a keen eye for pieces that are not necessarily the most expensive but, are interesting and adaptable to modern living. If you are interested in learning more about Loren’s work, check out her site.
Essentially this morning’s activity revolved around two specially chosen places that are full of interesting treasures and trinkets that make vintage shopping so much fun. As we walked around the stores, Loren talked to us about some standout pieces and what could be done with them.
Our first stop was Vintage Vogue. You’d never guess it from the outside, but it is crammed full of furniture,light fixtures, paintings, clothes and jewelry. There is so much to see and I’m told that they have an even bigger warehouse full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. I’m going to have to make another trip just to see that!! I did snap a few photos of some things that caught my eye. Here are a few of them…
A wonderful selection of antique and vintage needlepoint and beaded bags…
A 60s era table lamp that I thought was wonderful. I love the idea of a three in one lamp! This way you’re sure to have ample light to read by..
And because I adore trinkets, I thought this lipstick holder was pretty awesome. Who can tell that its a mere lipstick holder?
Time passed all too quickly but luckily we still had a second stop to look forward to. Oddfellows is actually an antique mall serendipitously located inside one of downtown Berkley’s oldest buildings—the Oddfellows Hall. The hall was constructed in 1920. According to Wikipedia, the OddFellows is actually a benevolent and altruistic fraternal organization that was derived from the British OddFellows service organizations of the 17th century. I thought it quite fitting that antiques and vintage pieces would be housed in such a building.
There are about 50 different vendors in the Oddfellows antique mall. It was an interesting experience to browse the different booths as they had very interesting and varied selections. Some pieces stood out for me.
I loved this French vanity table with its gorgeous wood inlay work.
And because I love Murano glass, this chandelier was a stand out for me. It dates back to the 1920s/30s.
There were lots of vintage children’s books..
and I’m still thinking of this cute set of place holders from the 40s.
It was an altogether enjoyable morning and I’m quite sure that I’ll be visiting those two stores again in the near future!!