Newcomer Flipping Vintage on the South Side of Williamsburg may have only opened 11 months ago, but owner Joshua Felix—along with co-owner and business partner Salvatore Ciarcia and dog Travis—is crafting his own niche in a neighborhood full of vintage stores. Instead of selling antiques as-is, Joshua uses his interior design background to ‘flip’ furniture by re-upholstering and repainting vintage finds to create unique, one-of-a-kind, repurposed pieces. You can see his visions come to life in the two-level store, in his collection of before and after photos and his client’s elegantly designed rooms.
Joshua’s passion and genuine love for vintage becomes clear when I see his excitement as a newly completed piece is delivered. It is a small bench, painted mint green with gold leaf-patterned upholstery, the final finishing touch in a Park Slope brownstone’s dressing room. He fusses over it the way a mother fusses over a small child, as he’s grown attached to the furniture throughout the transformation process.
Flipping Vintage’s style is eclectic and any vintage piece is fair game, from Victorian to Mid-Century modern. If Joshua sees potential in a piece of furniture, he can transform it. He only uses high-quality original furniture—primarily solid wood and stain-resistant, commercial grade fabrics that will last another lifetime.
Owner Joshua has had a passion for home decor and design since he was a child growing up in Indiana. He told me stories of his childhood where he would stay in, vacuuming and redecorating his bedroom, while his brothers and sisters were out hunting game. It’s always been his dream to open a store, and after moving to New York and going to design school, his Flipping Vintage business was born.
Sometimes selling vintage furniture and home decor to his clients has unforeseen challenges. Once a customer came in and fell in love with a gorgeous blue solid walnut sofa. After lusting after it for months, the customer finally purchased it, only to find that it wouldn’t fit up the narrow staircase to her apartment! She was devastated and Joshua thought he lost a sale. But his neighbor, who happens to own a moving company, came to the rescue and squeezed it into the apartment with a bit of elbow grease.
Whether they use a local moving company or drop off same-day small deliveries in his personal van, Flipping Vintage is hyper-local. Joshua and Sal even live in the neighborhood so stop by to see their unique ‘flipped’ pieces. don’t forget to say hi to their dog Travis!