Westchester's Vintage Vibe
Adore antiques? Rave about retro? You don’t have to trek into Manhattan or schlep to Connecticut to find pieces with pedigree. We’ve scouted local shops to help you find the real deal.
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The exterior of Mount Kisco’s Golden Oldies.
Hard-core antiquers may charge into New York City for their Louis XVI gems or trek to the Catskills or Connecticut for a rustic shopping spree. But with the slew of stores across Westchester, why not indulge your love for those precious pieces a bit closer to home?
We’ve combed a cross-section of area “antiques” stores—from the oh-so-refined to those where you’ll wade through bric-a-brac to find your objets d’art. From valuable pieces to vintage collectibles, here’s the plan of action for finding antiques in Westchester. Get ready to rummage.
Accents on Antiques
125 Wolfs Lane
Antiquing is fun; antiquing for a cause lends that fun blissful justification. Staffed entirely by volunteers, Accents on Antiques gives buying a boost: all proceeds benefit Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. The 4,800-square-foot-showroom is filled with an eclectic collection of antique and period furnishings, art, silver, jewelry, crystal, china, and porcelain, along with accessories and other collectibles. It’s like a healthy obsession.
Celeb client: Phylicia Rashad of The Cosby Show enjoys rifling through the goods.
Typical finds: Period furnishings, art, and servingware in crystal, porcelain, and china.
Rare gem: One donor found—in his garage!—a four-foot 19th-century Russian samovar with a golden brass surface, says store manager Rita Borell. A rare heirloom that figures in traditional Russian tea service, it sold for a song at $750.
While you’re there: Break bread to celebrate your bounty at M.A.D. Café, steps away at 129 Wolfs Lane. To ensure your vintage desk gets its proper due, pick up some elegant notepaper at Ginger’s Pelhamville Stationery (153 Fifth Avenue) and swap online shorthand for an old-fashioned, handwritten letter.
Adams Unlimited, Inc.
19 Mount Vernon Avenue
In naming his antiques showroom, Adams Unlimited, back in 1992, Josh Tane showed his marketing chops: “I picked a name that would place me up front in the Yellow Pages,” says the former TV producer. Seventeen years later, he’s still savvy about promoting his business, pointing out that filling your home with antiques and previously owned furniture is an environmentally friendly approach to home décor. Every day, Tane buys from local homes and estates—often the contents of entire houses—to replenish his supply.
Celeb clients: Set designers scoured the shop for NBC’s 30 Rock and The Good Shepherd.
Typical finds: A broad variety of vintage furnishings and lighting, from French Country to art deco.
Rare gem: A recent visitor unearthed a pair of mid-century Ward Bennett designer chairs. But you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves—and lace up your sneakers. “It’s not a Madison Avenue antiques shop,” Tane cautions. “It’s a two-thousand-foot cinderblock warehouse.”
While you’re there: Scope out Mount Vernon’s fast-growing Design District, an impressive consortium of local home businesses, for inspiration. Set up an appointment at Motif Designs, designer Lyn Peterson’s Mecca for fabrics and wallcoverings, as well as furniture, lighting, and mirrors (718 S. Fulton Avenue). Saunter into Harmony Designs Furniture & Interiors (115 S. 4th Avenue), a home-furnishings and accessories store and interior-design studio that promotes earth-conscious living and wellness. And check out tile destinations such as Dal Tile (600 Franklin Avenue) and Walker Zanger (31 Warren Place).