Hi! We’re Briar and Jason, partners and operators of Other Times Vintage. We sell mid-century modern furniture, eclectic decor and vintage treasures.
We are based in North Brooklyn, and we travel up and down the East Coast searching for items to fill our shop. Since city life can be grueling, this job is also an escape for us. It gives us the opportunity to go on road trips and adventures every week. We look forward to working each day — it’s exciting. We get in our truck and head out, admiring the landscape, architecture and fresh air as we get a glimpse into people’s lives, present and past.
As lifelong collectors and artists, we both have an eye for aesthetics and a fascination with beauty, which prompted us to open our shop (that, combined with the fact that our Brooklyn apartment was just getting too crowded). After we started Other Times Vintage we realized that we’re great partners. Jason is able to fix anything – his background is working in museums and making art. I studied interior design and I have a knack for product photography.
When we find a piece of vintage furniture we’re considering for our shop, we check the condition and consider form and function. Above all, we think about beauty: would we want this in our home? Once approved, we take the pieces and restore them so they’re up to our standards. Because of their age, vintage items often have imperfections – maybe it’s a ring from a cup, bent hardware or surface scratching. Jason’s knowhow helps us conserve or refinish many pieces that we would otherwise overlook. We love the idea of taking things in, giving them new life and then selling to someone who is going to enjoy them for many years to come.
Once restoration is complete, the piece is off to the photo studio, where I shoot and edit the photos. I use the abundant natural light that fills our space, being careful to represent each object’s true color and appearance. A lot of work and thought goes into the styling of each photo and into the overall look of our shop. We create a set within our space that feels like a retro 1960s bungalow and translate that aesthetic to fit into modern life. Our favorite materials are teak wood, rattan, textiles and greenery, which also gives us an excuse to buy new plants for the space.
Our Etsy shop has given us the opportunity to do what we love and work out of a beautiful loft space. Working together has brought us closer, and our success is a direct result of that relationship. We hope to continue to grow our collection and our business while filling customers’ homes with pieces from other times. Our future goals include learning new skills, like sewing and upholstery, so that there are no limits to what we bring in. We’re also interested in prop styling and working directly with interior designers to source items.
All photographs by Adrienne Grunwald.