A neighborhood vintage goods store is having an open house and open studio session on August 22 to mark the end of the summer.
You & Yours Fine Vintage, an otherwise by appointment only vintage goods store, is opening its doors to Greenpointers to check out furniture, lighting, and home décor, accompanied by drinks and desserts, and an Instagram contest.
The shop is owned and operated by Allegra Muzzillo, who for several years ran her business out of the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg as part of a weekly residency.
Muzzillo cultivated an interest in flea markets and vintage goods from a young age. Growing up in Connecticut, Muzzillo spent weekends going to flea markets, clothing shows, and estate sales with her mother who was an antiques dealer and artist herself.
“She passed on her knowledge and love of collecting to me, and I was able to hone my eye going to all these places,” she said.
Some favorite childhood snags included Snoopy lunchboxes, PEZ dispensers, and dollhouses.
But going into the vintage goods business wasn’t always in the cards. Once she graduated Northeastern University, she was set to go to law school. But her creative side called out to her again, and she realized she wasn’t on the right path.
She moved to New York in 1999, and began reporting and editing for several lifestyle magazines, which further bolstered her interest and expertise in vintage goods.
So a transition into running an antiques business was a natural one for Muzzillo, and the success she experienced at Brooklyn Flea prompted her to open her own studio, which is housed at the Morgan Fine Arts Building on Morgan Avenue.
Today, it’s not just a vintage goods store. Muzzillo offers rental services of the products available at her store. She also offers consultations on furniture, lighting, accessories, and home décor.
She’s most keen on the lighting fixtures she’s collected, pendants, as well as original works of art on oil canvases. For the most part Muzzillo’s interest lies in the period between 1940-1970, but she has several cherished items from the Art Deco period as well.
The open house at her studio later this month is part of a larger open studios event at the Fine Arts Buildings, where Muzzillo works with several other artists and craftspeople of a variety of trades.
At the moment, she’s focused on increasing e-commerce by developing her website further and playing an active role on social media. She also wants to collaborate with local businesses, particularly businesses owned by women, to create workshops for the community.
“I don’t know if it’s the whole Hillary Clinton is running for office thing again, but I just really want to champion women in our neighborhood and bring a whole bunch of us together so we can throw around good ideas on how to support each other’s’ businesses.”
You & Yours Fine Vintage Open House and Open Studio, August 22, 5-10 p.m., 649 Morgan Avenue, Suite 2C. For more information, visit http://www.youandyoursfinevintage.com/?utm_source=youandyoursfinevintage.com&utm_campaign=44742254cd-You_Yours_Open_House8_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_36fefa084e-44742254cd-249906705.