Homestead (Capitol Hill, 501 E Pine St.; 206.588.5519) sells stunning vintage housewares, from rugs to coasters, and furniture; it also rents everything out, which is a great idea for anyone with a penchant for lavish entertaining or who is living in temporary digs). It always stocks a variety of stone objects gathered from collectors around the world, like this stately Art Deco marble coffee table (above; $1,295).
Photographs by Sara Bass (red chair); Del-Teet Furniture (tansu); Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings (vintage chair, albert); Big Daddy’s Antiques (sign).
Left to right: Before mid-century modern was a thing, it was just mid-century, and those iconic vintage pieces can be found at Chartreuse Modern (Belltown, 93 Denny Way; 206.328.4844). The long-standing family business has been stocking one of the city’s best selections of mid-century chairs (from $99 for a single chair up to $1,999 for a lounge chair) from European and American designers—the assortment is especially bountiful in the spring.
Though many customers shop at Del-Teet Furniture (Bellevue, 10308 NE 10th St.; 425.462.5400) for its classic design pieces and small-scale furnishings, we most love its assortment of Asian antiques including cabinets ($398–$665), such as this timeless Japanese tansu which dates back to about 1900. Made of solid kiri wood, a fast-growing Asian tree similar to pine, it does well with humidity, making these mobile storage units perfect for toiletries in a bathroom.
This unique chair ($950) is made from vintage pipe wrenches, with a rubber conveyor belt for the sling seat. Created by an unknown artist in the 1980s, it’s the kind of masterpiece that can be found at Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings (Georgetown, 5517 Airport Way S; 206.762.3899). “There’s a wonderful creative expression about this piece. It explores the unique union between postmodern and found assemblage,” Albert says.
When it comes to one-of-a-kind, no one does it with quite as much panache as Big Daddy’s Antiques (SoDo, 1911 First Ave. S; 206.566.6973), where you can find everything from functional, stylish vintage furniture to rare, bizarre decor pieces, such as a gold-toothed crocodile skull or a brass coronet. This antique grocery sign ($495) was one of six that owner Shane Brown picked up on a buying trip to Texas. (Ed. Note: Big Daddy's has closed their Seattle showroom.)