Antiques Stores In San Diego
Unveiling a narrative and the ambiance of yesteryear, antiques have become quite the trend in home design. Adding warmth and comfort to a modern setting with traditional and timeless elements, artisan artifacts have an uncanny ability to evoke depth and history through the simplicity of their design and presence. With any given style, highlighting antiques – whether it be a clock or a painting, a statue or even an armoire – marries old and new designs, thus fostering both art and conversation.
With much interest, antiques in San Diego have garnered a large following and demand; from Newport Avenue and the Ocean Beach Antique District, to India Street Antiques, the Carlsbad Village Arts & Antiques and the Le Mesa Antique Mall, there is certainly no shortage of supply or opportunity to capture a treasured find. As such, the following is a listing of local San Diego boutique antique shops known for their collection quality and expertise within the industry – hand-picked by the editors of FINE.
2401 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Preservation-oriented, emphasizing sustainable practices through reuse, Architectural Salvage holds one of San Diego’s most extensive showrooms of antique doors and stained glass windows, vintage knobs and eclectic one-of-a-kind items; most definitely noted for their supply of period building, restoration and design materials. Established in 1996, the warehouse continuously receives rave reviews for its vast selection and showroom displays; their collection features a wide range of home and garden furnishings, including doors, hardware, windows, lighting, kitchen and bath items of note.
And according to one San Diego resident, “Located adjacent to Little Italy, [Architectural Salvage] is one of San Diego’s best finds. Whether you are looking for a vintage piece of hardware, or just want to visit and walk through the ‘gallery’ and memory lane, it will well be worth your while.”
Bellini’s Antique Italia
118 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Jacopo Bellini – a fifth generation antique dealer hailing from northern Italy, and his wife April [a San Diego native] bring together the style, charm and brilliance of their old world Italia boutique; Bellini knew he wanted to continue the family tradition, having spent much of his childhood attending antique fairs with his father and managing business affairs with his grandfather. Located in the Cedros Avenue Design District, Bellini’s Antique Italia imports an exquisite blend of 18th century Italian antiques to mid-century modern décor; ranging from mirrors and candelabras, to chandeliers, statues, estate furniture and pottery, the boutique continuously emphasizes their commitment to timeless quality and craftsmanship apparent in their selection.
Bellini’s also offers professional restoration services with worldwide shipping accommodations as well.
C’est La Vie ANTIQUES
565 Westlake Street, Encinitas
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Captured by the spirit and simple beauty of antiques, proprietor Sara Wardrip [a Canadian native and 30 year San Diego resident] realized her dream of owning a French antique boutique in 1998; after returning from England and France with a 40 foot container of antiques during an inaugural buying trip, C’est la Vie was born. And with a longstanding passion for European antiques and home design, Wardrip has since become a reliable and trusted source for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Now settled in the comfort of a 6,000 square foot renovated industrial warehouse, C’est la Vie is home to an impeccable collection of 18th and 19th century Italian, French and Swedish imports – consistently refreshed and replenished regularly; making it San Diego’s largest source for fine and unusual period antiques and decorative accessories. New arrivals boast Gothic iron gates and a pair of arched windows, an Italian credenza, carved walnut armoires and a French Tole chandelier.
And according to its clientele, C’est la Vie is the “Best antique store [with] beautiful quality antiques from Europe.” With another touting, “I love this store! It is packed wall-to-wall with authentic European/French antiques! [The] owner is an expert on French antiques and goes on buying trips to Europe to pick them out herself!!! A must see!”
McNally Company Antiques, Inc.
6033 L&M Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Garnering a distinct and trusted reputation for their expertise and offerings of quality antiques, Connie and Bill McNally have more than 33 years of experience in the industry; their acumen also holds association with the Antique Dealers Association of California, the New York Silver Society and the Society for American Silversmiths.
Established for more than two decades, the Rancho Santa Fe gallery offers a diverse range of 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques – including Spanish Colonial, Italian, French and English furnishings and paintings; not to mention an impressive array of American, English and Continental silver. In fact, the pair is widely known for their silver collection and topic proficiency; a passion that even provided Connie the opportunity to hold the publisher and editor roles at Silver Magazine for 10 years.
McNally Company Antiques recently unveiled a redesign of their antique gallery with the goal of better serving their clientele. Current items of note showcased in the gallery include: a tea and coffee service by John Figg of London; bronze German short haired pointer sculpture; four life-sized statues of the four seasons; George III breakfront bookcase; and a Tiffany & Co three handled silver cup.
4828 Newport Avenue, San Diego
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Inspired by the alluring beauty and faded grandeur of Paris, Vignettes Antiques [neighboring the Newport Avenue and Ocean Beach Antique Districts] affords a life and style all its own – while emulating quintessential French home couture and design. For more than a decade, owner Lori Chandler has offered clientele a romantic setting of one-of-kind items and antiques from the past; whether it be a grand Rococo mirror, a French ballroom chandelier from the 1800s, vintage Dior and Chanel, or even leather bound first edition titles.
The French boutique is also known for its well-designed displays and boutique gallery; room vignettes for the home and garden infuse the space with a much anticipated and lauded charm – a defining characteristic that has become the heart and soul of Chandler’s outreach. And for an added touch of ambiance and design inspiration, French music is heard throughout the space daily.
202 North Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
Hours: Tuesday though Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
A favorite haunt for local designers and homeowners, Village Consignments [in the ever-famed Cedros Avenue Design District] is consistently touted as one of Solana Beach’s best kept secrets. For 19 years, the resale shop has offered a premier selection of home and lifestyle furnishings; including modern, traditional, vintage and antique designs, artwork, jewelry, gifts and décor.
“SCORE! I found some [amazing] mid-century patio chairs,” notes one Village Consignments shopper on a recent visit. “I met with the owner and she is fabulous! I love people that really and truly care about what they do. She gave me a recommendation for a powder coating place she uses. I [personally appreciate] people that just love to make old things look beautiful and this is her specialty. Don’t forget to sneak out back and peek in the nearby garage which is hiding a few more pretties.”
West Sea Company
2495 Congress Street, San Diego
Hours: Wednesday though Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-4 p.m.
Renowned for authenticity and quality, West Sea Company – having originated as a ‘mom and pop’ operation in 1979 – extends a vast inventory of nautical antiques to both private collectors and institutions worldwide; notable clients have included The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Maine, the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco, as well as film set designers for “Titanic” and “Master and Commander,” among others.
Now home to the celebrated Historic Old Town District, West Sea specializes in original ship artifacts, nautical décor and antiques, fine art photography and appraisals. Current offerings include an American whale oil globe lamp from the mid-1800s, an extra fancy Victorian-era stereo viewer and magnifier, nautical instruments and hardware, military relics, ship models, and sailor folk art.