When it comes to decorating your home, layering is always good advice. And one of the best ways to achieve that lived-in, collected look is to design with vintage furniture. These six shops — both brick-and-mortar and online — offer a wide selection of unique finds.
Benny Jack Antiques
Benny Hinkle started working with vintage furniture and antiques when he landed a job at White Elephant Antiques at the age of 15. Last year, he opened Benny Jack Antiques in the White Elephant’s former Design District spot. It was a full-circle moment, much like the pieces he collects. “I’m so thankful and grateful how it happened,” Hinkle says.
The 11,000-square-foot space is full of vendors that Hinkle has personally curated. “I’d say it’s leaning more toward decorator-friendly,” he says of the collection, which includes vintage furniture, art, accessories and curiosities. For those who mourn the closing of Benny Jack Antiques’ former location next to vintage favorite Dolly Python (owned by Hinkle’s wife), don’t worry. Hinkle’s eclectic and funky style still shines through. Expect to find a taxidermy or two.
Visit Benny Jack Antiques at 1026 N. Riverfront Blvd.
Again & Again
Leslie Pritchard’s beloved store has new ownership and a new location, marking another chapter for the vintage furniture haven. New owners Erin Schick and Sara Guercini moved the showroom to an 8,000-square-foot spot on Slocum Street. But expect the same inventory, design options and customer service.
Again & Again’s specialty is helping clients customize their finds. “We do re-upholstery, refinishing and re-lacquering,” says Schick. “You can buy a piece or bring in a piece that was your grandmother’s antique heirloom.” Some clients know exactly how they want to redesign a find, but if not, the duo can make suggestions or show you fabrics.
“The strength is in our inventory. Our styles cover a lot of bases, whether someone is looking for something that is display-ready or an old fixer-upper,” says Guercini. The business partners and best friends look for items with beautiful shapes that make a statement, such as a pair of regency-style cane chairs or a 1980s waterfall bench. “The great news is, you can always consign it back with us,” says Guercini. The piece keeps going again and again.
Again & Again is located at 961 Slocum St.
Scout Design Studio
For the team at Scout Design Studio, the thrill is in the hunt. “Walking through our curated selection is reminiscent of the same excitement we feel when hunting for these pieces,” says Nick Niven, director of customer experience.
The showroom started as an antique mall rental booth in 2012 and has evolved into a mix of vintage pieces and custom furniture, rugs and one-of-a-kind art. They have two locations — one devoted to vintage finds (dubbed “Vintage Scout”) and one for their bespoke design studio. But vintage is always at the heart of Scout’s ethos, according to Niven. “When so much focus gets put on greenwashing, we are actively diverting tons of furniture from the landfill and finding it its second forever home.”
Pieces range from Italian midcentury furniture and Ming-style pieces to curios like a ceramic dog statue and a framed photograph titled “Donna the Poodle.” Once you find an item, Scout offers in-house refinishing services to give it a customized look. Browse Scout’s selection online, or stop in the showroom. “We always have something hidden in our store you can’t find anywhere else,” says Niven.
Vintage Scout is located at 150 Howell St.
Allison Bonifay started Modified Home after looking for treasures for her own home. In 2012, she and her husband had just moved from New York, and they left most of their furniture behind. “It was so astronomical to buy new,” Bonifay explains. “So I focused on vintage items.” After furnishing two homes, one in the M Streets and now her home in Lakewood, she ended up with extra pieces. She started selling on social media, which led to renting storage units, which then led to her current warehouse space on Riverfront Boulevard. Bonifay still sells mostly online.
She doesn’t collect one style; she buys everything from midcentury modern furniture to funkier items. (“I tend to go for anything that is eclectic or weird or handmade,” she explains.) For instance, she recently sold a pair of deacon chairs from a church. A couple weeks ago she pulled out chairs from the Dallas Public Library and put new leather on them. “We keep things weird and fresh,” she says.
Bonifay also believes in making vintage furniture accessible to everyone, so she offers pieces at different price points. “That’s always been really important to me,” she says. “This is why the whole business started, because we couldn’t afford to buy new.”
Follow Modified Home on Instagram to see Bonifay’s inventory.
The Eclectic Den
Owners Darcy and Harold Segura run their mom-and-pop vintage shop as a family-owned small business. “Harold’s normally in the back restoring and refinishing each piece, and I’m in the front styling, photographing and listing,” Darcy Segura says.
They share their inventory primarily online via their Instagram account, but it is also available to purchase straight from their website. “Although we are not a brick and mortar, locals are always welcome to view specific items by appointment prior to purchasing at our Richardson location,” explains Segura.
Find an eclectic array of pieces in styles from art deco and midcentury modern to retro and post-modern. We recently spotted a gorgeous midcentury modern cocktail cabinet high board by Ejvind A. Johansson; a pair of vintage hand-carved black onyx horse head bookends; and a midcentury ceramic ashtray — all ranging in price from $55 to $3,000. “We’re a laid-back, vintage-is-for-everyone kind of shop,” Segura says. “We focus on quality, not quantity.”
Shop The Eclectic Den online or on its Instagram page.
Lula B’s Design District
You can find it all at Lula B’s: vintage furniture and funky collectibles, midcentury to post-modern era. More than 50 dealers are represented at the Dallas Design District antique mall. You can spend hours browsing the dealers’ stalls, which are organized in vignettes ranging in size. If you’re looking for something specific, just ask. “Our staff of vendors can help you find your new favorite treasure or decorate an entire room,” says manager Molly Gibbons.
Scrolling Lula B’s Instagram account is almost as fun as walking the stalls. We’ve seen a vintage Broyhill Brasilia lingerie chest, as well as a set of Murano lamps. The account updates almost daily, and you can purchase items by calling the store.
Shop Lula B’s Design District at 1010 N. Riverfront Blvd. or on Instagram.