Watercolor paintings by Kirsten Finkas.
Shop: The Perish Trust
Style: A carefully curated vintage wonderland
Typical Items: antique typewriters, dusty old books, miniature war heroes, original artwork, beautifully worn vintage furniture, Edison bulbs, amber glassed bottles, novelties from forgotten eras, wire cage pendant lamps
Price Range: $5-$1,000+
Do you struggle to get out of bed at 5am on Sunday to rifle through the rows and rows of antiques in Alameda? Do you wish that someone could just handpick the best finds for you from all the vintage stores in the Bay Area? Thanks to Kelly and Rod at The Perish Trust, your wishes have come true.
If you are looking for an alternative to MCM vintage stores, The Perish Trust may be your go to source for wares from bygone Americana. Opened on October 31, 2008, the mission of this NOPA antique haven is:
To diligently collect and curate antiques from the dead and dying industries. Perusing basements, boxes and personal stashes for the odd, obsolete and unusual. Hand picking artists from coast to coast to collaborate and showcasing it all in our gussied up little bunker.
Adding to the cache of this beautifully styled store are the proprietors, Kelly and Rod, that not only have impeccable eyes but are also two of the nicest people you could meet. And beyond the wares most likely to be found in your grandparents' attics, they also sell original artwork from Bay Area artists such as Kirsten Finkas, Jessica Niello, Kevin Randolph, Mariele Williams and Nell Van Vorst.
Stop by The Perish Trust on a Saturday afternoon and be prepared to lose a few hours (and quite possibly a few dollars).
(Images: Jessica Watson)