If you're like me (and here I'm speaking mostly to the ladies), your purse is an insane abyss no matter how small it is or how many times you clean it out. I purposely keep my car and house keys in a change purse for just this reason and sometimes I still have to dig for them in that pouch.
I had an interesting keychain on my house keys at one point and took it off for reasons I can't remember. I'm looking for a suitable, and probably brightly-colored easy-to-locate replacement, but I've noticed these hotel/motel inspired tags on a couple websites—some are new, some vintage. I think they're a lot of fun, especially if used with a spare set of keys you loan to visiting guests.
This weekend You & Yours Fine Vintage store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrates its grand opening. Owner Allegra Muzzillo grew up around antiques, learning to scout and training her eye at the side of her dealer/collector mother. She's most drawn to mid-century pieces, which you'll notice by her inventory featuring furniture, decorative accessories, and tabletop predominantly from the 1950s-1970s. Allegra started out selling at the Brooklyn Flea in 2011, which she continues to maintain (booth B30), but will now expand with her brick-and-mortar shop.
Her favorite personal scores have been vintage Nambê bowls and platters and a pair of decrepit (now happily rehabbed) Saarinen Armless Executive chairs she found on the street in front of an old grammar school.
"I see mid-century pieces as truly timeless and I think they can mix with absolutely anything. The furniture is so simple and clean looking, but built to last, and for tabletop, it's the pieces' cheekiness, sense of fun, and use of color that I love." Allegra says.
So it's no surprise that at her shop you'll find a Pucci-esque tray, a sculptural geometric candelabra, or 1920s/30s mini planter shaped like an elephant, mixed in among mirrors, lighting, and mid-century furniture.
As a freelance journalist who built her career writing and editing at shelter magazines (we worked together at Real Simple), Allegra has made You & Yours editor-friendly. The shop also caters to designers and stylists who will enjoy a 15% industry discount. But her completely affordable pieces will make everyone—especially small-space dwellers—happy.
Art and furniture are available for in-store pickup only at this time and the website features a small selection, so be sure to stop in and see what other treasures Allegra has uncovered:
You & Yours Fine Vintage
240 Kent Avenue, unit #9
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 1p-7p and by appointment
images via you & yours fine vintage
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