Finding Good Vintage

May 19, 2022

Perfecting that effortlessly curated yet lived-in aesthetic can seem easier said than done. What better way to breathe life into your home than expressing yourself through vintage pieces? Start your treasure hunt with a few of our tips below!

Start Your Search Somewhere Local 

If you’re in the market for vintage furniture, you’re in the right place. With a storied legacy of art, culture, and architecture – it’s no surprise that our community boasts a thriving market of antique shops. From Carpinteria and Summerland to Montecito and Santa Barbara, it’s never been easier to find the personal touch you’ve always wanted.

Photos from my last visit to Michael Haskell Antiques

Wondering Where to Begin?

Let’s Point You in the Right Direction…

Carty & Carty Antiques

Situated on San Ysidro Road, Carty & Carty was born of a family history steeped in the tradition of fine antiques and collecting. Knowledgeable and friendly, they’ve recaptured timeless elegance in their beautiful, hand-selected pieces.

Michael Haskell Antiques

Explore this small Montecito shop that’s big in style, boasting a variety of  16th – 18th century Spanish Colonial antiques intermixed with Michael and Eric Haskell’s own collection of furniture and lighting.

California Auctioneers in Casitas Springs

For a fun source and exciting experience, California Auctioneers offer a live auction estate sale specializing in Early California paintings, fine art, collectibles, antiques, and more!

Rub Elbows with the Antique Dealer

We get it: it can be intimidating to walk into a high-end antique store, but please believe us when we tell you it’s so worth it. And what’s more, the people you’ll meet inside are some of the best around. So this is your nudge to go up and say hello the next time you stop by! 

Every eclectic piece tells an even more interesting story. True antique dealers are incredibly knowledgeable, self-proclaiming themselves from earnest collectors of “anything old” to dedicated “rugoholics.” We should warn you, however, that once a dealer shares a few details of a striking piece that caught your eye, you might very well fall head over heels for it (…as if you hadn’t already!)

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