Before our big move from Kansas last September, I was combing through the San Diego Craigslist for mid-century modern furnishings. I happened upon a few pieces offered by the newly opened shop, Vestige. I looked them up on facebook and reached out. Then, when we moved Doug and I stopped into the shop for a little get-to-know-you sesh. It turns out that Greg, the owner, has relatives in Kansas–in the town we had just moved from! Small world, indeed.
While we haven’t bought anything from the shop (yet!!) Doug and I love stopping in for some great conversation and to peruse the items. Once our savings pool gets a little deeper, I’m sure we’ll be picking up some vintage wares for our apartment. The only question is what? I would take the entire inventory if I could. It’s hard when there are so many sweet pieces to covet!
Greg has a keen eye for unique pieces and the shop is staged in a way that it’s easy to imagine any of them in your own home. He also really knows his stuff backwards and forwards–designers, iconic pieces, and values.
Where are you from and how did you end up in San Diego?
I moved to SD from Wyoming in 2002 to attend school.
How long has the store been open?
Vestige has been open since June 15th 2012 so a little over 7 months.
How did you first get interested in vintage furnishings?
I began my love of anything vintage just after I moved to SD. I started out buying and selling vintage clothing. Over time it turned into furniture/accessories. I’ve always felt connected to 50’s and 60’s culture, the fashion, music, film, design, cars, but mostly the furniture. I fell in love with the hunt. Nothing beats uncovering something really great.
What’s the best part about having your own store?
The best part of owning my own store is the freedom to make my own decisions. There isn’t some upper level manager barking orders at me. Although I have found that the freedom to do my own thing definitely comes with a price (long hours, bills, responsibility).
What tips would you give to someone wanting to go hunting for vintage items?
As for where I do my hunting/buying I have to keep that to myself. Haha. I would suggest taking your time furnishing your home, especially with vintage items. Part of the fun is the hunt. Buy things that you connect with and really love.
4633 30th St, Ste A
San Diego, CA
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