The burnt-orange walls of this charming secondhand-furnishings store are as warm and inviting as owner Ban Leow, who will proudly detail the history behind every single piece in his boutique. If you’re outfitting your crib and have a bit more than Ikea-level dollars to spend on one-of-a-kind home items, this might be a good place for you to start—after you hit the ATM (it’s cash only). Leow, who set up shop in 2008, buys from brownstone estate sales and carries such fantastic pieces as a handpainted pink Chinese folding screen ($1,200) dating back to the ’60s that features ladies of leisure at play. The most expensive item in the store is a $2,000 French chandelier covered in delicate carved-glass flowers, but there are plenty of more affordable finds, including a midcentury modern molded plastic chair ($70), a set of German Bauhaus-inspired teacups ($12 per set) and a framed Patrick Nagel print ($25) we recently spotted.
397 Tompkins Ave
|Cross street:||at Jefferson Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C to Kingston–Throop Aves|
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