Stuff: Vintage Collective Opens in the MissionAuthor:Mary Jo Bowling
Here’s the scoop on Stuff: It’s an 8,200-square-foot collective in San Francisco’s Mission District with more than 25 dealers peddling very cool items. These are professionals who comb estate sales, flea markets and who-knows-where for real finds. The dealers (the famed Ron Morgan and Christopher Albanese among them) know treasure from trash, and they are selling the good stuff here.
It’s run by the men behind the now-closed Aunt Bill’s antiques in Rockridge. That was a special store. This one is bigger and better (and it has a free parking lot!).
There are so many goodies inside, it’s hard to know where start looking. There are antiques:
Midcentury items (check out that amazing enamel plate on the wall):
Collectibles and, as they say in the picking biz, smalls (small items):
(The 50s-era glasses molds on the right are very interesting.)
The dealers also have an eye for oddities. There are the sorts of things you see in design magazines and look for (or at least remember) for years.
Check out this pair of horses, one artistic and one creepy-cool:
Other items of note: a great secretary, a wonderful set of midcentury color chairs, and a pagoda I really wish I’d bought while I was there.
And I saw several old friends from the best estate sale I’ve attended this year. These clowns came from that memorable firehouse:
Now, back to the parking lot: Lenker tells me that they will have a flea market in the lot once a month. The first one is Sunday, February 27. If the store is any indication of the goods that will be available, you won’t want to miss the flea market.
Stuff is located at 150 Valencia St. in San Francisco (the old Cottrell’s Moving Company building). It’s open every day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. No website, but you can learn more on their Facebook page: Stuff SF.
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