Shopping >Shag Midcentury Modern
Friendliest Staff & Great Vintage Items.
My partner and I just opened a coffee shop. We wanted a vintage theme without breaking the bank. We shopped all over Portland hitting every vintage shop and thrift store around.
Our first visit to Shag we found a fantastic orange vinyl sofa with two matching chairs. Unfortunately, we didn't buy them on the spot and when we returned they had sold. Cindy, who owns Shag was very helpful in working with us. She steered us to a few pieces she was going to have reupholstered. They sold us two matching sofas that we had upholstered in orange vinyl and 4 arm chairs. We needed vinyl to keep clean in case coffee was spilled. She suggested a simple wood frame sofa with removable cushions so that we could change the color theme or replace a damaged cushion without having the whole thing replaced. Everything was done in less than 2 weeks and delivered right to our door.
Shag helped us find exactly what we needed to complete our project. We bought everything well under budget and opened our shop a few days ahead of schedule.
This is how they treat customers?.
We just moved into a mid-century ranch in June and have been buying appropriate furniture as we can afford it. We've been shopping all over town.
At Shag, we bought our biggest pieces: a $1200 couch and a $1200 buffet. Gorgeous both of them. Shag was having a sale so we even got a discount.
But we put the couch into our new (and I must say pristine and completely dry) garage for four days and then moved it into our living room, which gets the evening sun. The couch, for awhile, got direct summer sun on it.
A few days later I noticed the couch was blossoming--with mildew. The smell became overwhelming. I took the couch outside, turned it over, and discovered all the staples holding the protective fabric over the underside were deeply rusted. Old rust, too, not just recent.
I tore that off (no other way to get inside) and dry rodent deposits poured out--probably a half-gallon bucketful. The mildew smell was strong. I unzipped the long seat cushion and put my nose into it. Mildew.
Long story short, I called Shag and asked them to come and take a look at this. The old rust and the dry rodent evidence made me think this couch, as they later verified, had been in storage for years. It came from the Bay Area. I lived there, and I know how damp it is.
Portland was having one of its hottest and driest summers in years. I just couldn't believe all this had happened since we'd bought the couch. But that's what the woman at Shag said. She refused to come and take a look. She guaranteed me that the couch had been pristine before we bought it. She flat out said it was our fault and it had obviously happened in the four days it spent in our garage.
Well, it's three months later, my wife and I have been buying all kinds of mildew and mold-killing products and spraying the couch over and over. No luck. The problem is clearly so deep inside the cushion and the inner springs of the couch that I doubt we'll ever get it clean.
That's about $1000 down the drain. And Shag cannot even conceive of the possibility that the mildew problem had been planted years ago and was just waiting for a nice hot summer to burst into full bloom.
The maddening thing is, there's nothing I can do except eat it. And this is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture I've ever bought. It just feels so unfair. But Shag doesn't care.
Just thought you might want to be warned about how they treat their customers when there's a problem.
FANTASTIC!!!! The best vintage shop on the West Coast. I discovered Shag when I met some friends to see a movie at the Hollywood Theater. I was blown away by their great selection of mid-century modern and vintage furniture. I found a cool Poul Hundevad serving cart that I fell in love with... I may just have to go back and get it if it is still there. Also the red electric fireplace in the front window is to die for. It is refreshing to find such a cool store amongst the thrashed out thrift and junk stores in Portland. I'm hooked and definately going back.
What a Great Find!!!.
Driving into Portland from the airport I saw this cool shop in the Hollywood neighborhood. I've been to most other vintage furniture shops in Portland, mostly disappointing myself because they are nothing but junk or too expensive. Shag seemed to balance everything in perfect harmony.
Their furniture was clean (a major concern at most other stores) and in amazing condition, and most everything was quite affordable. They had a vast group of vintage furniture, and this amazingly cool brick wall for their display window. The best part is that they set up their store to look like a room in your home instead of simply putting everything in a pile - making you climb over everything.
The two employees were friendly, as we chatted for a good 10 minutes about the new Ikea opening up. As I was walking out, I spotted this amazing floor lamp that I couldn't pass up. You know what they say... it may not be around tomorrow. I will most definately be back when I move to my new house in a month.
Five Stars All the Way Around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Best vintage shop in the Northwest.
I found this store in a book called Eat Shop Portland at Powell's.
When I first walked by the store, I was in such awe of the window display that I tripped on the sidewalk. I soon found myself surrounded by the nicest collection of vintage furniture I have seen in a long time. Everything was clean, and the prices were pretty good, with perhaps the exception of the stereo credenza in the front window... $1000 seemed a bit much for it, but then again, I don't know much about stereos. Anyhow, the staff seemed quite knowledgable and friendly, and the music seemed to tie the store together.
I ended up buying a small chrome ball lamp that is perfect for my desk, and a mint condition LP of the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense. Very Happy with my purchases, and will most definately visit Shag again.
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