In a city that has set itself apart—from the design and art to the culture and food—we prefer home designs that are as unique as their setting. And apparently, the entrepreneurs, collectors and shop owners of San Francisco agree because their inventories represent some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind collections we’ve seen.
We rounded up a few of the area’s best antique shops, featuring everything from 14th-century maps to mid-century modern couches. Keep reading to discover your new headquarters for home design.
Antiquario is one of the highest rated antique stores in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Their inventory covers primarily genuine antiques representing old world designs, gothic pieces and more. They also occasionally offer a range of vintage, mid-century modern pieces. You can preview their inventory on 1stdibs here.
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This popular, locally-owned shop in Oakland specializes in antiques and repurposed goods. In the store, you can come across everything from antique desks and sewing machines to carousel horses and everything in between.
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Photo courtesy of Big Daddy’s Antiques
Big Daddy’s is a big name antique store that now has three locations: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Offering both one-of-a-kind antiques and reproductions from Europe, Asia and North America, their huge inventory offers the opportunity to design every room and every corner in your home. Their in-house team of welders, wood-workers, refinishers and design professionals even allows for collaborative, custom pieces.
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Co-owners Kelley Wehman and Illy McMahan met at Burning Man, quickly learned they shared a passion for circus and all things vintage and opened Carousel Consignment just a few years later. Now, inside the warm and cozy shop, you can find eclectic pre-owned furniture—from antique to modern and everything in between. And you can also sell your pieces, too!
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Founded in 2001, Coup D’Etat is a high-end gallery that operates outside the traditional showroom model. Their curated collection includes furniture and artwork ranging from rare and one-of-a-kind vintage to antique items, and they also offer represented lines and select pieces from artisans around the world. The gallery is completely reimagined and redesigned every ten weeks, so you can always find something new.
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Featured in nationally-renowned publications like Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine and California Home & Design, Lost Art Salon specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections which reflect the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. In the showroom, you can peruse more than 5,000 paintings, drawing, prints, photographs and objects ranging from the late 19th Century through the present.
Lotta’s Bakery is a full-service bakery offering some of the city’s best cakes, pastries and pies. But inside the same cafe, you’ll also find Sweet Antiques, an antique shop that specializes in collectibles, curiosities and clothing.
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Featured on the Science Channel’s show, Oddities San Francisco, Loved to Death began in 2008 as a Victorian-inspired art project. Today, it has grown into the headquarters for Gothic and Victorian Mourning Era works, including odd antiques, unique jewels, artwork, crystals, ritual tools and more.
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In Lovejoy’s Tea Room, you’ll find English-inspired treats, including full tea service, shepherd’s pie and crumpets. But just across the street, you can swing into Lovejoy’s Attic to shop vintage tea cups, aprons, hats and assorted bric-a-brac alongside Lovejoy’s own loose leaf teas.
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Past Perfect is an antique, vintage, mid-century and Danish modern collective that began in 2002. Between two San Francisco locations, their inventory features more than thirty independent dealers and includes furniture, lighting, decor, collectible fine art, professionally appraised Asian antiquities, couture fashion, jewelry, accessories and more. New items arrive in the stores daily, so you can always find something new.
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The Perish Trust describes itself as a general store. Opened in 2008 by photo art director, Rod Hipskind, and commercial photographer, Kelly Ishikawa, the absolutely stunning store offers an array of both old and new items showcasing California heritage and local art. Their mission is to diligently collect, craft and curate the best well-worn home goods and the most unique, local handiwork.
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After living and working in San Francisco for years, Jimmie and Marti Schein opened their own shop, Schein & Schein, in 2003. Developed around their love of maps, their gallery showcases thousands of authentic antique maps and prints covering both global pieces dating back to the 14th century as well as San Francisco, California and wine country material from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Co-owners Will Lenker and James Spinello (with Stuff pup Valentino at their side) set out to make the most fabulous vintage collective ever. And with Stuff, they’ve done just that. Complete with good vibes and great music, their 17,00-square-foot showroom features more than 60 dealers and pieces for every single room and setting you could imagine.
Do you have a favorite?
In the comments below, tell us about your favorite antique store—even if it’s not on our list!