Bay area interior design lends to mixing antiques with modern furniture, or for an authentic look go total vintage if you own a turn of the century home. Any interior design plan will benefit from well sourced vintage items. Sourcing that special mirror, lamp or chair can make a room unique and special. If you are a DIY'er you might try your hand at refinishing or restoring an old piece of furniture to match your design theme. Here are a few stores and antique fairs to frequent in the East Bay for that one-of-a-kind antique that will add personality to your home.
Alameda Point Antiques Fair - Main Street, Alameda Point, 510-522-7500
On the first Sunday of every month attend a large outdoor antiques fair and flea market in the Former Alameda Point Naval Air station featuring over 800 outdoor dealers and vendors with free parking and great view of the city and the bay. All items must be at least 20 years old and no reproductions are allowed. Admission Cost is $15 before 7am when vendors are setting up before the crowds come and after $5 after 9am, when some of the most coveted items may be spoken for.
Something To Sell About - 380 4th St., Oakland, 510-444-2159
People say this store has the best bargains and are very fair in buying and selling. They are also an estate appraiser and hold on-premise estate sales in Oakland. They also have a warehouse showroom at Jack London Square where they offer antiques and fine furnishings.
Antique Center - 6519 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609 510-654-3717
In Oaklands' Rockridge Neighborhood, nestled in a red Victorian building, you will find an antique store filled with tribal rugs, gorgeous light fixtures in three rooms of reasonably priced offerings. Open for 50+ years this is the type of store where you get to dig around to find your treasure. This is a cash only store.
Two Lane Antiques - 2994 Adeline St., Berkeley, Ca 94703, 510-523-0895
In good weather you will find this slightly hidden gem of a store by the items that may have spilled onto the sidewalk in front. Find china, mirrors, costume jewelry, clocks, vases and artifacts for prices that are surprisingly low.
Mixed Pickles Antiques - 6395 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609 510-541-1697
Here is a mixture of antiques, fashion accessories, smaller furnishing, toys, dishware and tons of useful items. There are hand-crafted items, some new items and fantastic vintage clothing. The owners are friendly, talkative and knowledgeable and make sure to offer a revolving inventory which keeps shoppers coming back again and again.
Make sure to bring cash when antique shopping. Many vendors do not accept credit cards and its' always easier to bargain in cash, especially if you are buying several items. Antiquing in the East Bay is a great day out with so many wonderful stores to peruse.
For 35+ years, Patty Rogers has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.