There are at least three valid reasons to buy vintage. One, it’s environmentally responsible, because the stuff has already been produced: no more natural resources to use up, no more chemicals in our air and water. Two, the quality is much better than most of what’s manufactured today (which is probably why these old pieces are still around), so you get greater value for your money. As we like to say at Retro-Cal Vintage,

“They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.”

And three? Every piece has a story to tell about its history. At Retro-Cal, we luuuuv history. Just ask us about one of our items. We’ll talk your ears off.

Actually, the “we” in this case is simply me, a middle-aged guy named Wayne. I started collecting vintage pieces when I bought my 1950 ranch house about 25 years ago. Mostly mid-century modern, but also deco, streamline, mod, the whole nine yards. If it was from the 1940s, 50’s, 60s or 70s (and even some 80s), I obsessed over it: home and office furnishings, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, ephemera (vintage paper, including magazines, menus, maps and brochures), gadgets, just about anything but old canned goods. Come to think of it, I do have a 1970s can of genuine Florida sunshine.

When my collecting habits filled my house, then my garage, then my storage unit, I figured it was time to start parting with some of “my treasures.” I began posting things for sale online and, before I knew it, was getting referrals and repeat customers. Retro-Cal Vintage had toddled into existence.

I still acquire new items all the time (old habits are hard to break), most of which eventually get posted on this site. So please have a look around. When you see something you like, give me a ring or send an email for more info. Or, visit my shop in in the Pasadena Antiques & Design Co-Op (address below). There’s free parking just south of the building on the east side of the street.

 And if you’re searching for something in particular—and you don’t see it here—let me know. I can probably find it for you.
But be forewarned: I’ll want to tell you all about its past.