Cover image via Leon and Lulu
Whether you are moving into a new home or apartment, or just want to update the look of your décor, Detroit has a wide selection of places where you can purchase home goods. While name brands might be obvious choices, there are also a number of stores that offer custom designs, antiques, vintage and used items at discount prices. Find out about some of these locations and how you can find hidden gems that can become prized possessions for any room of your house.
Leon & Lulu: Located in a historic roller rink, this store offers a sprawling mass of one of a kind, high-end and custom furniture as well as gifts, accessories and women’s clothing. Come to the store to shop, browse or just have fun while snacking on their complementary popcorn and coffee.
Detroit Mercantile: Carrying the true spirit of Detroit, this store offers new and vintage items including art, home goods, accessories, books, clothing and more. They buy and sell, finding unusual items and memorabilia for their customers. Those not located in the Detroit area can also make purchases online.
Fred’s Unique Furniture: A store like no other, Fred’s offers a sprawling retail warehouse of quality used furniture. You may spend quite some time searching through crowed aisles, bustling with furniture. However, this is countered by exceptional customer service and some of the greatest hidden gems I’ve ever come across. Even better, Fred’s now has two locations — one on 8 Mile and another on Livernois.
City Bird and Nest: These sibling stores are located next store to each other and also owned by siblings who like to instill the spirit of Detroit into everything they sell. City Bird sells housewares, jewelry, paper goods and apparel, all by local artists and designers. The Nest focuses more on home gifts including plants, apothecary items, candles, home accessories, games and toys and more.
Rail & Anchor: This home goods boutique has a number of unusual items from soaps to scents to kitchen wares. It’s difficult to leave the shop empty handed.
Gardella Furniture: Open since 1939, this store carries a number of unusual items and is said to have the largest furniture selection in Michigan. It targets mid to high-end furniture buyers but offers highly competitive pricing.
Motor City Antique Mall: This is the largest antique mall Downriver. With room for over 100 booths/showcases, the mall has everything you can imagine including toys, games, houseware, home décor, furniture and more. It is a treasure trove for collectors.
Eastern Market Antiques: Featuring over 15,000 square feet of space, shoppers should be prepared to navigate a maze of unique items including mid century chairs, glassware, lighting fixtures and more. Over 20 vendors are represented.
Workshop: With the mission to utilize the lumber reclaimed from Detroit’s vacant and abandoned building stock, Workshop started as a pop-up shop, and went on to become a success story. The furniture the store sells is constructed with pine salvaged from a Detroit home and has the address of the home stamped on it, a celebration of the fact that it is a piece of Detroit history. Pieces include dining tables, coffee tables, benches, entertainment centers, kitchen counters, shelving units, reclaimed wood flooring and more.
If you are looking to furnish your home, Detroit has something for you, regardless of your budget or taste. With so many options, you are sure to find some adorbs pieces that are nothing less than Instagram-worthy.