One step inside Fox & Goss Antiques is a trip down memory lane. The little shop at 2830 De La Vina Street houses a charming assortment of vintage ornaments, art, furniture, and tableware, making your search for that perfect collectible much easier.
Co-owners Ashley Fox and Lauren Goss, along with partner Tina Anderson, make sure to house more than just cute stuff. The store is a treasure trove of vintage Americana. Creative display sets make you take a second look at the value of that forgotten handpainted tulip dinnerware, or spark ideas of what can be done with a vintage luncheon set.
“This neighborhood needed something like this,” Fox said. “We want to be a place where people can nip into the store without having to go far like downtown and pick out something that nobody else has.”
Holidays can be the busiest time for Fox & Goss. That’s when themed collectibles take up the front window for customers looking to add the right decoration. For Easter, demand for the shop’s porcelain bunnies, baskets, and eggs had customers waiting in line outside the entrance.
The shop doesn’t limit itself in terms of clientele either. A section in the back, coined “the man cave,” is equipped with shot glasses and pet-dog figurines, and even school-aged children peeping at glass miniature cups walk in. Customers can request items, as well. “If someone says we need some chairs or some end tables, we write that down with their name, phone number and look for those things,” said Fox. “That’s personal service.”
The owners have been collecting for years but didn’t take the leap into starting their “upscale thrift store” until November when the right spot opened. They signed the lease two days after it was posted and immediately began moving their personal collections inside. “It’s been a complete whirlwind since then,” Goss said.
Fox, Goss, and Anderson are bargain hunters just as much as their customers. Besides drawing from their own vintage collections, much of what’s in the store is salvaged from flea markets and yard sales and then restored by them. With prices ranging from $3-$300, this little business started by stay-at-home moms prides itself in giving customers more bang for their buck.
“So often if you go to IKEA or some furniture store, it’s just pressboards and staples,” Goss explained. “If you look at this stuff, it’s made to last, and it’s cheaper.”
Visit Fox & Goss Antiques at 2830 De La Vina Street or call (805) 682-1200.