A long day at Ikea won’t help you stand out from every other dude on the block, but a visit to these secondhand shops will do the trick.
Replicate your grandma’s kitchen with a 1950s chrome-plated table and vinyl chairs. Some classic sets have been spotted at this Drive gem, alongside other mint treasures from the mid-20th century. 944 Commercial Dr., 604-254-0220.
Find Vancouver’s best selection of sophisticated, functional Danish designs from the land of teak at this Kitsilano shop. From affordable everyday pieces to conversation starters, there’s something for every room – and the patio, too. 1445 West 8th Ave., 604-733-7789.
Red Barn Antiques
In Cloverdale, the antique epicentre of B.C., this landmark red barn houses Western Canada’s largest antique store. Look for great deals on everything from jukeboxes and candy machines to Victorian and Edwardian furnishings. To cap off the day, stop by the Cloverdale Antique Mall on your way home. 5553-176th St., Surrey, 604-576-8737.
A destination for aspiring interior decorators, this high-end second-run boutique boasts an assortment of pieces by a roster of distinguished designers that reads like a Danish soccer team lineup. The showroom is a must-see if you dig deco. 1632 West 4th Ave., 604-801-6744.
Second Time Around Antiques
Strolling Main Street’s antique row? This 8,000-square-foot shop should be your first stop. Outfit East Van arts and crafts homes and modern Crosstown condos alike with a diverse collection that spans French country, art nouveau and Louis XIV. 4428 Main St., 604-879-2313.
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