By Lara Ewen Special to Newsday Updated November 26, 2017 6:11 AM
Rosie’s Best in Huntington appearance finds from the 1940s through the 1960s, which is buyer Thea Morales’ favorite era. “It seems like the midcentury has a cull on me,” she says. “I adulation the movies, the dresses, the actors and actresses. I adulation seeing the appliance in the rooms.” Here’s a accessory at her boutique and eight others on Long Island.
Thea Morales, 40, has best in her blood. Her mother bought and awash antiques, and an aunt on her father’s ancillary had an antiques abundance in Iowa. But she didn’t accompany her affection until 2000, aback she met her husband, Norman, while accessory art academy in Manhattan. “I’ve consistently been an old soul,” she says. “But I never had a adventitious to amount out what I liked. Then, alert to Norman allocution about things he’d collected, and assuming me things he liked, article woke up in me.”
Morales’ Huntington store, Rosie’s Vintage, which clearly opened in October 2016, is called afterwards her adapt ego, Rosie, and is the aftereffect of that awakening. It appearance finds from the 1940s through the 1960s, which is her admired era. “It seems like the midcentury has a cull on me,” she says. “I adulation the movies, the dresses, the actors and actresses. I adulation seeing the appliance in the rooms.”
Morales says she capital to accomplish abiding her abundance — which appearance articles from 14 dealers — had the aforementioned cull on her customers. So she’s abounding it with home decor, clothing, calm appurtenances and curiosities. “We appetite to arm-twist a flashback,” she says. If the abundance looks added like a home than a shop, that’s intentional. “It feels like you’re walking into a house,” she says.
Thea Morales’ abundance absolutely acclimated to be a home. The abundance is amid in a Dutch dejected abode with white trim that was originally congenital as a two-room farmhouse in the 1830s. For added than 100 years, the acreage was carefully residential and after became benumbed for bartering use and broadcast into its accepted size. Today, the two-story, four-room amplitude is committed absolutely to Morales’ store, admitting it still retains its calm provenance. “That’s the activity I wanted,” she says. “I appetite it to be a cornball architecture area you can buy stuff.”
For Morales, best is all about the belief anniversary account has to tell. That’s why she’s so determined about bodies accepting the absolute thing. “Buy original,” she says. “Several accumulation bazaar food are jumping on the best and deliver bandwagon, but why buy a reproduction aback you can buy the absolute thing? And by affairs best or antique, you accomplish a aberration by befitting a tiny allotment of history activity and abbreviation the admeasurement of the world’s landfills.”
Even admitting about aggregate in her boutique is for sale, there are a few things Morales can’t buck to allotment with. One is a admired table in the shop’s capital room. “It’s a absolute rough-looking garden table, and it’s sturdy, and it aloof fits the accessory of our store. I don’t anticipate I could advertise it,” says Morales, who has gotten offers.
Morales says she hopes that her barter will airing out of her abundance admiring what they’ve bought as abundant as she loves the things she’s collected. “Buying best is all about passion,” she says. “You see article and you say, ‘I absolutely charge that.’ And you apperceive you’re not activity to acquisition it in addition store.”
WHAT Rosie’s VintageWHERE | WHEN Accessible 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven canicule at 101 Woodbury Rd., HuntingtonINFO 631-549-9100, facebook.com/rosiesvintagestore
Opened by accompanying sisters Jacqueline and Kristina Lepre in 2011, this abundance carries 19th and mid-20th aeon furniture, lighting, glassware and decor. The sisters originally began affairs and affairs dolls and toys, but anon expanded.
“Saving and abating these items is absolute important to us,” says Kristina. “If we were to accept a theme, I anticipate ‘preservation’ would be it.”
WHERE 234 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre
INFO 516-442-7800, twinheartsvintage.com
Dan and Heather McAllister opened their boutique in Laurel in 2009, aback Dan’s salvaged abstracts birdhouse-building amusement outgrew their garage. The custom appliance and deliver boutique additionally broadcast to accommodate the Red Barn, opened in 2015, and their rustic beach-meets-barn account is consistently changing.
“You can consistently acquisition one of us alive abroad on a project, whether it be painting pieces for the abundance or for customers, or architecture bottomward at the barn,” says Heather.
Laurel location: 1095 Franklinville Rd., Laurel; Red Barn location: abaft 1565 Capital Rd., Jamesport, 631-605-9439, facebook.com/inthe.attictoo
Lauren Bochicchio, who opened this abundance with her husband, Victor, in 2013, describes the boutique as a cornball casual, alarm pop ability cave. The artefact mix ranges from 1970s bedrock bout posters and original, bounded art to best video games, collectibles and decor.
“It’s about recycling with purpose and whimsy,” says Lauren. “It’s about actuality amidst by things that accomplish you happy.”
WHERE 650 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma
INFO 631-676-3130, deependofthesandbox.com
Family therapist Laurie Scheinman opened her boutique in 2012, and stocks an abnormal aggregate of modern, vintage, fair barter and Americana furniture, decor, art and accessories. The altruistic boutique donates 100 percent of its profits (or net proceeds) to charity.
Scheinman says, “There is a adventure abaft every account in the shop.”
WHERE 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington
INFO 516-944-9200, wit-and-whim.com
For added than 30 years, buyer Michael Hubert ran an aged boutique on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Aback he relocated to Huntington in 2015, he curated a alloy of eras and styles that ambit from circa-1860s French appliance to midcentury lights.
“I acquirement items that I would appetite in my own home,” says Hubert. “My admired account to boutique for is one I wind up absolutely absent to keep, but instead eventually advertise to addition appropriately agog about owning it.”
WHERE 220 E. Capital St., Huntington
INFO 212-875-0748, funkandswagger.com
Sabbath Troisi and Justina Beck re-christened their above Finders Keepers amplitude in September 2016. The multidealer area has a little article for about everyone, from aged and best adornment to collectibles, aggressive pieces and video games.
Beck prides herself on alms “unusual and fun decor.”
WHERE 2789 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove
INFO 631-588-0005, antiqueattics.com