Several new specialty antique shops have joined established dealers to stake out turf on the east side of Pasadena. From Victorian to art deco to Mid-Century, the East Colorado Blvd. neighborhood is destination shopping for antiques lovers. Don’t be surprised to see additional pioneers who have recently opened up shop. Park someplace around Colorado and Sierra Madre and go east, young man and woman!
East Colorado Antiques
2546 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena
Two veteran antiques dealers combine forces to make a great addition to the corridor. Michelle Beiner’s offerings are 1920s lighting and furnishings. Beiner loves highly carved wood, so you may find good examples mixed in among the Spanish Revival furniture that is her first love. Jack Smith has been collecting art deco for 35 years. His focus is on lighting, and he has the sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, kitchen and bathroom globes, and chandeliers to prove it. Furnishings are primarily art deco, with occasional forays into the postwar and midcentury periods. Collectibles include art, sculpture, bookends, a bit of pottery and decorative objects.
Novotny’s Antique Gallery
2552 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena
Many dealers, many deals: The loads of traditional mahogany, Victorian fine furnishings, jewelry, paintings, decorative arts, dolls, books, candelabra, lighting, china and silver just begin to tell the tale. If the script said “antiques store,” this is what the location scout would come up with. Retired dealer William Novotny is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and will prepare formal appraisals of personal property.
2580 E. Colorado Blvd., East Pasadena
An iron plant stand proudly showing a few of its years out in the garden; a hefty south-of-the-border kitchen cabinet at anything but a hefty price; a glorious Elizabethan-style (teensy pearls galore) cloche hat circa 1950 with the Saks Fifth Avenue label still attached—a treasure for your children’s dress-up box. Come here for antiques and collectibles, from pottery to kitchen and kitsch, as well as friendly people and friendly prices; dealers like it here.
Sharp Design Works
27 N. Altadena Dr., East Pasadena
We recall owner Preston Sharp from his work on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but we appreciate him for his personal interest in, and obvious understanding of, midcentury modern furniture. We were taken with a chair that appeared to be wood, painted with an aluminum-colored finish. It reminded us of an aluminum pigment sometimes used by Richard Neutra for interiors. Turns out, the chair was the Sharp’s own work, and it blended seamlessly with many of the other pieces in the store. A fine additions to the corridor, with plenty of parking around the corner on Colorado.
And in the same area, but on Foothill west of San Gabriel don’t miss the new location for:
Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage
2600 E. Foothill Blvd, East Pasadena
Everything one could want for replacing or keeping authentic hardware and details in older homes. Gayle’s is a wonderful warehouse filled with an extensive inventory of salvage antiques including mantels (even mahogany and Batchelder tile) lighting, stained glass, iron work, plumbing accessories, builders hardware and furniture representing the Arts & Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau and Victorian periods. Don’t miss the extensive collection of books to show you how to put it all together.
Sharing space with Gayle’s and open Friday and Saturdays is the equally wonderful Architectural Detail run by Skip Willett and his wife Janice. Architectural Detail has carved out its own niche as the go-to resource for residential restoration specializing in hard to find plumbing and hardware pieces. Visit their website at architecturaldetail.net to learn more or schedule an appointment.