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What Recession?

Lagging economy, be damned! In recent months, a whole slew of new—and affordable—shops have opened. Most focus on vintage and secondhand furniture, while others have it in their mix

Revision Home items
REVISION HOME

In Lincoln Park, a group of nine female interior decorators (along with one male), including Bethany Souza of HGTV’s Designed to Sell, have teamed up to open Salvage Sisters at Vintage Pine, featuring an eclectic array of furniture and accessories—some vintage, some gently used contemporary. We spotted a steamer trunk for $100, a ten-foot 1960s sofa for $800, and a large gilded mirror for $195. 904 W. Blackhawk St., 312-943-9303, salvagesisters.org

More deep discounts can be found at Millionaire Rejects, a resale shop that sells the “contents of the storage lockers of some of Chicago’s wealthiest,” says the owner, interior designer Carol Brody. Pieces from Holly Hunt’s and interior designer Gary Lee’s furniture lines have appeared in the selection. 1009 W. Armitage Ave., 312-479-4143

In West Town, Revision Home is all va-va-vintage—and by appointment only, so call ahead—with furniture and accessories in styles ranging from industrial (see photo, above) to Hollywood Regency, with a slight emphasis on the glam. 2132 W. Fulton St., 312-226-2221, revisionchicago.com

Barbara Cosgrove lamps
REARRANGE

In Bucktown, REarrange offers a mix of cleaned-up vintage, new items (such as the Barbara Cosgrove lamps shown at right), and one-of-a-kind furniture and art by local artisans, plus an affordable line of locally manufactured upholstered furniture designed by interior decorator Jeff Shuler, the owner. 2064 N. Damen Ave., 773-904-8604, rearrangeyourhome.com

On the North Shore, interior designer Missie Bender fills her 600-square-foot Glencoe shop Vignette with wares from estate sales, local antique markets, and trips to France, Italy, and Spain. At presstime she had vintage hand-embossed and nail-studded English leather host and hostess chairs for $2,200 for the pair and a 1970s R&Y Augousti shagreen stool for $1,600. 346 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-2003, missiebenderdesign.com

Not too far away, in a refurbished circa-1900 house, is interior designer Sheryl Roy’s Madden Home, a fun little shop that carries new accessories (everything from well-known brands like Jonathan Adler to under-the-radar gems like Bob’s Your Uncle), with some antiques mixed in; prices range from $10 for a candle to $1,200 for a pedestal table skirted with chocolate-brown taffeta and topped with an antiqued mirror. 829 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-444-0642, maddenhome.com

In the western suburbs, Artemisia has reopened in a space twice the size of its former location in St. Charles. Its diverse selection includes Asian, early American, mid-century modern, and European antiques alongside artwork by locals and free-trade wares, such as serving utensils made by women in South Africa. 101 S. 3rd St., Geneva, 630-262-0249, artemisiastyle.com

And in yet another direction, more interesting finds await at Ann Gallagher Design, located in a 6,000-square-foot space that once housed an old drugstore. Gallagher, a well-traveled interior designer, offers mid-century and contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories, as well as textiles and unusual pieces from around the world at prices that are more small-town than big-city. 540 S. Lake St., Miller Beach, Indiana, 312-909-7612, anngallagherdesign.com

 

Photograph: Leonard Gertz

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