When you need a dresser, don't march like a boring bourgeois zombie toward the nearest IKEA or Target. Why bring home another lame piece of furniture when you can score one with character and history, sometimes for the same lump of loot?
North Miami is a neighborhood brimming with troves of antique treasures. Better yet, many of the neighborhood's shops are clustered together, making it easy to stroll from store to store in search of your missing piece.
|Cutrone sculpture, $150 at April|
|Possibly a C. Jere sculpture|
Antiques & Collectibles & More, 1650 NE 123rd St.305-891-7838
Price Range: From $30
Eras Represented: 1900-1970
Friendliness Factor: 5/5
This shop shares an address and phone number with "Yesterday," but has a completely different vibe. Inside, you'll find more China and dishware than any of the others shops in the row. We also spotted a number of Native American-themed items. Make sure to bring a cracker for Cassidy, the talkative store parrot (see photos at bottom).
Golden Era Antiques, 1640 NE 123rd St., 305-891-1006
Price Range: $80 to $25,000
Friendliness Factor: 5/5
The antique business is "fair to middlin'" these days, says Golden Era Owner Cliff Sneed, who's been dealing in Miami for 20 years. But lukewarm sales won't stop him from carrying some big ticket items. The most valuable he's got around today is a painting by Haitian artist Wiltzid Daleus, which carries a $25,000 price tag, but is inexplicably just sitting on the floor in the middle of a knot of other objects. Some more practically priced options include a set of Rococo-style dressers, made in India and priced at $750 each (see photos below).
There are a few other shops on the strip, but they were closed during our visit. Phone numbers are posted on the doors in case you see something special through the glass and would like to make an appointment.
If you're in the market for some vintage goods, there's no time like the present to bring home a piece of the past. A number of shop owners told us they slash prices through the fall, but bring them back up in time for the influx of snowbirds. So bring a discerning eye, a brawny friend (for heavy lifting), and a Smartphone (for Googling artist or brand names) and get started down the antique trail to a more interesting living room.
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