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Window Shopping: Vintage Voyage in Cambridge, MA

August 25, 2009

Whew!  It’s been a busy week or two.  I’ve been on the road for a work-trip-turned-c0llege-roommate-visit-turned-NewHampshire-move-scouting, but that’s not what I’m here to tell you about today.

One hot and oh-so-humid Sunday afternoon in Boston, Melissa and I rode the subway out to Somerville, MA (west beyond Harvard) and just started walking.  A ton of great little neighborhoods, Somerville included, line Massachusetts Ave all the way down into Cambridge.  Our little tootsies hit traversed them all that Sunday, finding great little vintage clothing and furniture stores at every turn.  Had I driven to Boston with my car I would have been in trouble.  The finds were that good.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the highlights.

First stop (aside from coffee):  Poor Little Rich Girl in Somerville.  I fell in love, not only with the fairly priced vintage clothes from the 1950’s thru present, but also with the mid-century Zenith TV.  Oh, how I’d love to have that in my home (if I must have a TV).Zenith TV

Next up, Abodeon – a mid-century-meets-twentieth-century boutique whose window displays literally stopped me, gasping, in my tracks. Now I’ve visited some MCM stores in DC, but nothing compares to the artful selection, and layout, of this gem of a store.  Pieces were in beautiful shape and fairly priced.  Additionally, new home accessories from innovative designers were displayed fittingly throughout the store.  It was all I could do to refrain from purchasing a vintage clock or two.  Eames, Herman Miller, Bertoia – all those famous MCM keywords and designers were represented under this Cambridge roof. Sigh.


Abodeon Window

Herman Miller Fabric Sofa

Finally, after it seemed as though we’d already explored the pinnacle of all vintage furniture finds along Mass Ave, we stumbled upon Metamorphosis, a little hole-in-the-wall tastefully crowded with vintage and just plain old furnishings.  The owner refurbishes many of the pieces himself, but for pieces not refurbished he was willing to bargain down to very reasonable, if not downright insane, low prices.  

It was all I could – really, ALL I could do – not to snatch up this fun little mid-century storage ottoman/chest that I bargained down to $15.  I would have had to either ship it home or store it at Melissa’s for the time being, and seeing as a) I was finally removing the ginormous painting that she had been storing and b) I had no defined need or place for it at home, I passed. 

MCM Bench Chest Metamorphosis

We continued walking all the way to Harvard, finding many fun shops along the way, but none that compared to the treasures above.  I eagerly await the fall, when Ryan and I will hit the road on a New England fall color road trip – I can guarantee I’ll be dragging him over to Boston just for the sake of these shops.

And just for fun – here I am with Melissa, relaxing in the grass by Harvard after a tough shopping excursion.

Chillin' in Grass

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