Many of us are tired of our current culture of mass produced, throw-away items and cheap materials. Compared to them, vintage goods can be passed down for generations and also easily combined with more contemporary pieces to create your own comfortable and nostalgic look. After the previously featured Salmagundi West and Antiques, ReFind and Baker's Dozen Antiques, our next store is based exactly on the idea of presenting old stuff in a modern way, giving people tips and tricks of how to re-purpose things!
Address: 2936 West Broadway
Located on Broadway and Bayswater, Stepback is another antique store known for its eclectic collection of rare and one-of-a-kind items. Started nine years ago by couple Chris Switzer and Robin Muxlow, Stepback is a collection of vintage furniture, upcycled stationery, and other objects rescued from schools, hotels, and even — it looks like — medical rooms. A recent posting on the store's Facebook page features a vintage hospital bedside table with stainless steel top.
A great store for the artistically inclined, Stepback carries a variety of vintage typewriters, postcards, journals, and cameras. Known for having a high turnover, it's a store worth revisiting.
Rather than focusing on any particular theme or era, the curators at Stepback have created a hodge-podge of interesting and unrelated items. But one theme does seem to jump out.
We love old-school stuff, Chris tells me. Old globes, maps, chalkboards, desks. We like to take old stuff and present it in a modern way, to give people an idea of how to re-purpose things.
I ask Chris if they find much of their stuff themselves, and I was blown away to learn that they find 90 per cent of their pieces themselves or with the help of their family.
It's mostly from the Fraser Valley. Flea markets, garage sales. It's something we've done for a long time,
Meet The Photographer: Kevin Eng
Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendour and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colours and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C., where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.