In New York, whether you are designing a set, creating installation art or just buying something new for the apartment, the most important thing for a designer to know is where to source the materials from.
I constantly forget that most people do not spend their days running around trying to find the perfect wood bench, or giant plastic balloon, but the life of a prop/set designer is just that – a constant search for the perfect thing. So in honor of the ‘perfect search’ I am putting together a list of NYC Resources that I use on a regular basis. This is Part 1 – Antiques.
Antiques for the Home:
Pippin Home – I stumbled upon Pippin on my first week in NYC and fell in love. Pippin has two shops one that specializes in vintage jewelry and one that has home goods. The home goods store is full of surprises and I have purchased things like chairs, vintage photos and pocket watches from this lovely store.
Old Good Things – I love walking into this fabulous Architectural Salvage shop, it always seems like stepping into a treasure trove. They have several locations in LA and New York that carry furniture, metal work, architectural and lighting elements and Garden Accessories. While not as cheap as the flea markets the quality is unmistakable.
Housing Works – Every New Yorker has bought from or donated to a Housing Works store at some point. With 12 shops located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn they have a wide selection of clothes, furniture, and house wears. They also sell books by the foot, which is useful for any set decorator out there. While not everything is an Antique, the deals are pretty incredible and Housing Works is a charity so you can feel good while you shop.
Build It Green – Has become a go-to for anyone remodeling a house or building a set. They save items from buildings that are being demolished and sell them for a reduced price at their two warehouses in Astoria and Brooklyn. Prices can range from $10 to $10,000 depending on the item and their stock is constantly changing so it’s best just to pop in and see what is available.
B4 It Was Cool – Is a fabulous place for Industrial Lighting and Furnishings. The prices can range but the great thing about this shop is that they will both sell and rent items.
Flea Markets – Last but not least is the NYC flea market scene. You never know what you are going to find at these events but I always do find something. My go to market is the Chelsea Antiques Garage which is open both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. You can also check them out on Pinterest.