What "finds" are lurking in your local antique store?
I've been sourcing some Mission-style storage furniture for an organizing client here in Los Angeles. I have to admit, there are some antique stores I've completed avoided for years, because they looked too expensive, or too highbrow for my professional organizing business. Well, I admit I was wrong.
What I found last Thursday, were smart pieces, smart service and very fair prices. Not to mention someone spent a great deal of time lovingly restoring these treasures.
I love this Martha-green mid-century desk, complete with plenty of drawers, copper hardware and a beautiful bead-board file cabinet, perfect for your family's hot files. $500 at The Collection, on Third Street and Robertson.
Not on the cheap side was this majestic vintage mail holder also at the Collection. I can't remember what period it's from. But the price wasn't that bad at around $1000. Use it for stationery, small containers for your checkbook, stamps and office supplies. Label each section with a vintage font or even a calligraphy pen. I especially love the smart use of vertical space.
While not so close to Beverly Hills, Wertz Bros. on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A. had incredible (used) pine pieces sure to add clever storage to any dining or living space. This entertainment center (right) was about $700! If you're a visual person, they had an open shelving cabinet almost 8 feet long-- perfect for magazine files, art boxes, CD binders and some decor. I had difficulty taking pictures of some items, the miles of aisles were crammed with wonderful "bargains."
So-- venture out. Get of of your comfort zone and try some new places. Bring your camera and your measuring tape. Getting organized is like a game, do your homework and shop smart for quality. Think of it as chic recycling. Surrounding yourself with vintage pieces may actually motivate you to get-- and stay-- organized. And I am all for that.