Unlike the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, we like holidays in the sun. This past week found two Krrb’ers stationed beach-side in the Sunshine State. But there’s more to Florida than surf. Today we’ll explore a few of their Floridian finds worth checking out if you ever find yourself down south and burnt-out on the beach.
When in Florida, I have a strict no-mall policy. When the weather is a balmy 80—or even when it’s not—it is difficult to justify spending a gorgeous day wandering around a maze of big box stores. Aside from spending a few days on Hollywood beach, riding bikes on the boardwalk and sipping margaritas, this holiday my family and I discovered a new hobby. We all have a fondness for vintage furniture both high and low end.
During my stay, we spent a couple days scouring the Wilton Manors neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is way cooler than you might expect and has a number of vintage and secondhand furniture stores. In one afternoon, we found one of a kind home goods at 50’s 60’s 70’s Living, Shades of the Past Antiques, and Preview Mod.
After a lot of window shopping and some actual shopping, we headed over to the Wilton Auction Gallery. On Tuesday nights, the historic Wilson Theater fills up for its weekly auction of unique and rare furniture, decor, art, jewelry, and collectibles.
Preview photos are found online for the following auction and bidders can come early to check out the goods that vary from 70’s pop art to grandfather clocks to antique silver from the 1800s. Although the auction house offers absentee bids, it really is an event to check out the crowd and curated goods.
If you find yourself in South Florida, check out Wilton Manors. The historical neighborhood has a fun laid-back feel and plenty of places to wile away a balmy afternoon.