Best Vintage Shop

The Future Antiques

The Future Antiques is easy to spot (right near the intersection of Chippewa and Watson), but hard to get to. Do yourself a favor and consult the website directions on how to navigate the labyrinth of alleys and one-way streets protecting the parking lot like a moat. Future Antiques has three big rooms filled with mid-century modern treasures — the front is filled with old kitchen gear, cameras, barware and all sorts of assorted kitsch. The middle room has some great vintage clothing for men and women (there's a changing room in front), and the back room is packed with furniture finds, everything you need to furnish your '50s ranch-style home or tiny south-city apartment. You may find a naugahyde-faced bar with stools, some old Falstaff coasters, a porkpie hat or some postcards featuring motels that used to line STL's stretch of Route 66. You won't find this variety under any other roof in the city. Stop in often: The stock is updated frequently, and let the staff know if there's something special you're looking for. Chances are, they can find it.

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