Location: Austin, TX
Continuing on with one of our many new voices, this one originating from Austin, Texas. Please give Ana some feedback...With displays by local artist Alyson Fox, Homegirls looks like a museum, but not of the be-careful-with-that variety. All of the furniture and home accessories are well curated -- unlike many vintage stores, there's plenty of room to walk around and look at each piece as if it were an exhibit or work of art... The owners – the mother and daughter team of Kathryn and Sarah Blanchard – clearly put a lot of thought into the furniture they refurbish; the focus is great lines and quality construction. They're the kind of things you'd bring home because you love the way they look, and would fit in your house no matter how many times (or ways) you redecorated. Hopefully, the concept of the store -- recycling furniture because it's the environmentally responsible thing to do -- will catch on. Homegirls has a lot of local competition since Burnet Road has become something of a Re-sale Row, but the Blanchards are Texas-friendly and great people to stop and chat with while you're looking for ideas. They also offer design consultations and accept items on consignment, which they refer to as furniture re-homing. The prices aren't low by Austin standards, but the furniture is an excellent value when you consider how much a classic piece of livable design is worth.