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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All Your Yesterdays
67 Westchester Avenue
Before opening their store (which specializes in country antiques and Americana, but offers finds for every taste), Robert and Vida Barbo spent their spare hours as collectors, selling antiques at shows in Northern Westchester and Connecticut. In 2006, after 20 years of dreaming about it, the couple opened All Your Yesterdays, at which most of the pieces come from quaint B & Bs throughout New England. The Barbos are more than willing to share their enthusiasm—and knowledge—about antiques. “I’ve been listening for 25 years,” says Bob, a retired psychologist. “Now I can talk.”
Celeb clients: Designer Joseph Abboud of Bedford bought a set of pitchers and Geraldine Ferraro, an 18th-century lift-top desk.
Typical finds: An eclectic inventory of country antiques and turn-of-the-century Americana.
Rare gem: On a recent visit, one shopper found an early 1900s J.T. Coats tabletop desk with a slate top embossed with scrollwork. The piece was purchased in mint condition from a New Hampshire library.
While you’re there: If you’re still shopping at the end of the day, consider stopping for an early dinner at North Star Restaurant (85 Westchester Avenue), where Chef Franz Fruhmann (formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barn) uses local and natural ingredients, changing the menu seasonally.
Antiques & Interiors
67 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge
A decorator by trade, Elinor Deutsch opened this store 14 years ago. She’s there from Thursday to Sunday only; other days, she’s probably combing Manhattan’s D&D building to add to her burgeoning stash. Besides antiques, she sells window treatments and upholstery, area rugs, table runners, and custom bedding—all of which she’s happy to integrate into your home design. Come in for a hutch; leave with a look.
Celeb client: Glenn Close bought a lamp, graciously accepting the discount upon which Deutsch insisted.
Typical finds: An international mélange: Dutch carved oak, French deco chairs, English serving pieces (think berry spoons and pickle forks). Vintage jewelry and desk accessories round out the collection.
Rare gem: A Picard (gold-on-porcelain) coffee set—tall pot, tray, creamer, and sugar—is a way to host graciously for $1,800. Deutsch picked up the set in Florida.
While you’re there: The owner, an “architecture buff,” recommends the Hiram Halle Memorial Library (271 Westchester Avenue) and the Inn at Pound Ridge (258 Westchester Avenue), among other Colonial Revival gems in the historic hamlet.
21 Main Street
Crazy about retro? Wild about vintage? For those in the Knoll, Belkind Bigi is a divine destination, a major resource for mid-century modern designs. A wide selection of Scandinavian and Italian pieces also will whet the appetite of those hungry for modern pieces. A growing collection of artwork includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and even a few abstract paintings by co-owner Marina Bigi.
Celeb client: Lenny Kravitz popped in for a steel daybed.
Typical finds: Retro furniture from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s—think Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Edward Wormley—complemented by abstract art from the era.
Rare gem: Recent blasts from the past include a curvy Vladimir Kagan sofa.
While you’re there: You’ll need stamina to plow through Tarrytown’s additional 10 (yes, 10!) antiques shops, making the village’s Main Street an in-county destination for a day of shopping. Skip over to Carol Master Antiques (10 Main Street), Tarrytown Art & Antiques (19 Main Street), Tarrytown Antique Center (25 Main Street), North Castle Antiques (28 Main Street), and Michael Christopher Antiques (29 Main Street), among others.