Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Store Review: Streamline and the Darkhorse

I've been super busy lately apartment hunting, planning my mom's visit to Boston in a couple weeks, and trying to keep up with all our summer activities. It's been crazy! But, I always have time to go thrifting.

This time we checked out a couple of stores in Lower Mills which is on the Dorchester/Milton line about 20 minutes from Boston. The first place was Streamline Antiques, which specializes in art deco and mid-century items. Don't let it's small size fool you - there are enough tchotchkes inside to keep you busy for at least an hour! The first thing that caught my eye was an amazing orange vinyl chair with a teak base. It would be perfect for my apartment! We also found several great silverware sets, vintage cracker tins, dishes and glasses galore, and tons of jewelry. They had a great selection of books too...I purchased one on collecting mid-century furniture. There were two sisters shopping in the store with us who were amazed at the selection. They came in to browse and ended up buying new silverware, serving dishes, and plates for their upcoming dinner party. Who knew a second-hand store could be the new Crate and Barrel!?!

Our second stop was Darkhorse Antiques. Darkhorse is FULL of furniture and oddities. My recommendation: don't bring large bags or purses with you, otherwise you'll end up knocking something over! If you walk carefully through the cramped isles, you'll find majestic looking desks fit for a palace and massive mahogany armoires. They also have random things like chess sets made of bone china, a barrel from the old Baker Chocolate Factory, and neat cigar boxes. I'm going back for a set of chrome bar stools. They're cute and not like the typical 50's chrome stools. I plan on using them at the dining table once we get moved.

1168 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-298-DECO (3326)

Darkhorse Antiques
2297 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 298-1031

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