There’s no comparison to the thrill of the (purchasing) hunt, especially when you discover a one-of-a-kind special furnishing that will make your space stand out. Pasadena has gained a reputation as a mecca of sorts for uncovering prized, unique finds due in part to hosting the world-famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. But there’s much, much more to be discovered, especially along Fair Oaks Avenue’s Antique District. Not to be confused with your mother-in-law’s dilapidated garage junk, these antique shops’ offerings are in pristine condition, beautifully patinaed, and full of character and charm.
Pasadena Antiques & Design
It’s easy to get lost in this premier, multi-dealer emporium that spans 22,000 square feet in a two-story space. With consistently rotating offerings spanning the 17th century to the mid-century modern era, you’re nearly guaranteed to find a prize—perhaps Native American artifacts, Venetian glass, textiles, Chinese porcelain, folk art, and vintage jewelry with a storied past. Dealers are well-practiced in their trade and cater to design professionals including collectors, dealers, decorators, as well as anyone with an appreciation for fine design. 330 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-389-3938, antiquesofpasadena.com
T.L. Gurley Antiques
A smaller but much-beloved shopping staple since 1991, T.L. Gurley Antiques offers a diverse inventory including ancient and contemporary pieces. In addition to its curated offerings, T.L. Gurley Antiques provides buying services for single items and estates, as well as property liquidation advisory. 512 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-432-4811, gurleyantiques.com
Pasadena Antique Center and Annex
We’re never one to turn down a quick pop-in to a local shop, but you’ll want to reserve a morning, if not entire day, to embark on a treasure hunt at this 50,000-square-foot antique and furniture mecca where over 130 professional dealers sell an extended range of vintage antiques and collectibles from all time periods in a manner of all styles. Like their website boasts, “Everything for the collector of anything!” 480 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-449-7706, pasadenaantique.center