Raleigh Scene: Mid-Century / Vintage Furnishings

A few favorite local places for Mid-Century furnishings:

GC5 Vintage and Gifts – Located at 430 S. White St. in Wake Forest, NC, this store has me most impressed!  The owners of GC5 are super friendly and have done a comendable job with their facebook page.  Up to date postings of new items appear nearly daily.  The employees really took the time to help me find what I was looking for. It is clear that a lot of love and hard work has gone into this business.  Most of the pieces are in great condition and very reasonably priced.  Also, they have a lot of unique conversation pieces.  I just purchased a little chair here this weekend that looks fantastic in my home office.  While Wake Forest may be a little out of the way, this little gem is worth the drive – and while you’re right at downtown Wake Forest, explore the other shops on White St. – there’s a great coffee shop, tea room, clothing consignment store and wine shop.

Father & Son Antiques – Located at 107 W Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh, NC, Father & Son has a great selection of mid-century furnishings.  They are a great source for Herman Miller/Eames-like chairs, danish modern dining sets, and also some very unique vintage accessories.  In addition to furniture, Father & Son has vintage clothing on the basement level and 2nd floor.  This past weekend, I think all the college hipsters were in the basement of Father & Son searching for the perfect Halloween costumes!  I feel like the furniture pieces and household accessories are reasonably priced, however some pieces may need a little TLC.  They’ve just recently completed their website, but it leaves something to be desired and doesn’t do the store justice – just go check it out (you can’t miss the lime green facade!) if you’re downtown, then walk a few blocks up the road and grab a beer at The Raleigh Times!

Hipsteria – Located at 2050 Clark Ave. in Raleigh’s Cameron Village (the third location in 2 years), this is the priciest of the three.  You’ll see names like Herman Miller, Knoll, Wassily and Overman.  The collection at Hipsteria is pretty impressive.  I particularly like the selection of credenzas and danish modern chairs, but most of the pieces here are way out of my price range.  Start saving if you wanna splurge here!

Raleigh Flea Market – Located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd at the state fairgrounds, perusing the many vendors collections at the flea market is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!  I’ve seen many mid-century pieces here, but you can almost guarantee that by purchasing one, you’re taking on a project!  To me, that sounds like a fun challenge!  And the best part – prices are negotiable!

Happy Hunting!

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