A Savvy Girl’s Guide to Antiquing Along the Central Coast
or decades it’s been a weekend pastime of women young and old: dragging their significant others away from a lazy Sunday at home to go “antiquing.”
Some of the time us girls have no idea what we are looking for, we just want to look at old stuff, ogle over vintage clothing and Pyrex dishes, and
try on costume jewelry formerly owned by women older than our grandmothers. Other times we know specifically what we want: be it a distressed
coffee table or armoire, a certain type of picture frame we can paint the perfect shade of aqua, or a retro drawer pull to complete our latest DIY project, likely
inspired by Pinterest.
The Central Coast of California boasts over a hundred antique stores, from charming antique collectives filled with kitschy knick-knacks, to high-
end shops carefully curated with storied, turn-of-the century pieces. The following is a short list of “gems” of the antique scene from Ventura to San
Luis Obispo; the kind of places where you’re bound to find something funky, cool, or nostalgic, that you didn’t even know you wanted.
American Home & Garden
ocated near Main Street in downtown Ventura, American Home & Garden offers
vintage collectables and antiques at affordable prices. The emporium exudes
a cottage style, with distressed “chippy” white furniture pieces, antique farmhouse
windows, and crystal chandeliers setting
the stage for fourteen vignettes, staged by
the collective’s friendly vendors. Owned by
Leslie Schatzberg for the last three years,
the 15-year-old shop is a destination for
celebrities, designers, and antique enthusiasts.
Finds include an eclectic mix of vintage
European china, old paintings, mismatched
teacups and saucers, authentic milk glass and
rustic, rusty furniture pieces. The welcoming
store offers gifts and collectables new and old;
its inventory is ever changing, and features an
array of shabby chic design elements..
64 S. Oak Street, Ventura, CA