Patina

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We finally made it to Patina to snap some photos a few weekends ago, after many well meaning but failed attempts to stop by after its opening last fall.

We won't wait long before returning - the stock is interesting and very reasonably priced, which means we think it will be a whole new experience each time we stop in...

The garden level shop is tucked away on the east side of Damen - cozy and friendly. The owner, Alan, was helpful and very friendly - he does all the buying for the shop so he can fill you in on the back story of where the goods were before arriving at Patina.

Here are just some of the interesting finds that were "in store" on the day we visited:

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Our take on Patina? A great place to find vintage pieces that have been carefully chosen and priced fairly. The overall look when we were there was definitely in the science lab/schoolroom/industrial vein, mixed in with cool old signage and well-kept pieces from throughout the 20th century.

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 12-7, Friday 12-6, Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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