With popular series like Mad Men, it is evident that vintage style is on the rise again. From the defining fashion to the strong autos, these treasures are absolutely timeless. To add to the list of classic looks, let us take a peek at Furnish Me Vintage, located at 1246 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Pete aka DTSP, their phone is 727-898-8740. Whether you are an interior designer, in the market to furnish your home or simply have an appreciation for mid century modern furniture, Furnish Me Vintage is well worth the visit.
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
In 2011 husband and wife team, Todd Wilson and Jackie Williams, opened the doors to their massive building, built in 1926, and named it Furnish Me Vintage. At first, they did not think that they would be able to fill all four stories, but currently every square inch is accounted for (and laid out miraculously!).
As you browse through the showroom, feast your eyes upon a selectively curated collection of fine vintage furniture specializing in mid century modern, vintage, contemporary, teak, and Danish modern. Being the largest vintage retailer of furnishings in Florida, you will discover pieces for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and offices. Plus, this blast from the past store also carries light fixtures, art and other decorative objects.
“We are very selective about what we choose here,” Jackie Williams explained. “The collection is a direct reflection of our own personal taste. Nothing is in here that wouldn’t be in our home.” Their taste is impeccable, stylish and they definitely gravitate toward pieces that were originally built to last. Most of the furniture in their showroom has been around for about sixty years and is ready for you to enjoy for another sixty.
How did these two local entrepreneurs get started in the vintage furniture industry? After moving to Florida from New York to escape the brutal weather, they immediately bought an adorable 1950s home. The hip couple quickly learned that furniture sold at big box stores simply was not the quality or style that they were looking for. Thankfully they discovered mid century modern furniture. Todd would fix up the pieces, enjoy them for a bit, and then sell in order to enjoy other furnishings. This process grew from an American Pickers-type garage-hobby, to a full time career change for the both of them.
As folks everywhere are becoming more in tune with the overall idea of recycling, up-cycling and “going green,” the market for vintage furniture is growing, not only because of the fabulous designs. Todd and Jackie have a teamed up with upholsterers who do full restorations of the pieces that come into the shop. They have also partnered with local artists to recreate pieces for the furniture that may need to be replaced in order for the item to function properly.
The couple laughed as they explained how some of the pieces of furniture looks when Furnish Me Vintage first get their hands on them; as though they were found at the bottom of the ocean. Truly Titanic! However, the talented team has a grasp on how to give the unique pieces of furniture that tender touch to make it look miraculous again!
Okay, but why not just go to an antique store if you are looking for a vintage piece? The selection and quality of the collection is impeccable. Previously mentioned, Furnish Me Vintage is a whopping four stories! That means there are over forty dining rooms and twenty-five sofas to choose from. (When I first visited the store, I was absolutely blown away. The levels never end and it is packed full of beautiful treasures. However, they do a delightful job at keeping the layout friendly and the floor not over-cluttered. This makes the shopping experience even more enjoyable).
Todd Wilson and Jackie Williams are thrilled to be business owners in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. They have noticed the amazing support from other local DTSP businesses and say that everyone is friendly and awesome. St. Pete is surely a town full of cool people, which is naturally why this dynamic duo now works and lives here!
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