San Francisco

Antiques collective Past Perfect to close Stanyan Street location

Next month is the end of the road for Past Perfect, the vintage and antiques collective that opened shop at 854 Stanyan St. five years ago.

Jaime Guajardo, one of 11 dealers with the collective, has been a member since 2002. He said the Stanyan shop's final day of operations will be March 17.

Guajardo said the shop's closure was related to the end of its original five-year lease.

"It's kind of too bad," he said. "In the last year, we were doing more community things," including regular happy hours.

Five years ago, Past Perfect — which has been in business since 2002 — closed its Union Street storefront in the Marina to move into two sister stores, one on Stanyan and at another at 6101 Geary Blvd. in the Richmond District.

The Geary location will continue to operate as is, said manager Shawn Trombley. Some vendors who offer wares at both shops will consolidate into the Geary showroom.

Carol Tolbert, who's been with the collective for a year, won't be one of them. She said she'll miss the Stanyan shop, whose wares are "funkier and more eclectic" than the offerings on Geary.

"This is a store you don't just dart in and dart out of — you linger," she said. "It's sort of like this slice of life."

The Geary location, a larger-format showroom for fine antiques and large furniture, will remain open. | Photo: Past Perfect/Facebook

It's possible that the Stanyan space may remain an antique and vintage store. Tolbert and Guajardo said that some of the dealers are looking to enter into their own lease on the space, as a new collective.

"A group of dealers is trying to work with the leasing company to see if we can lease the space under another name," Guajardo said. "We're hoping, if we can reformat, to have the dealers have more of a say in the way the store works ... Everyone has a different thing they bring to the table."

In the meantime, Past Perfect will continue to be open daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. through March 17, with 20 to 40 percent off of wares.

On March 7, from 5-8 p.m., the store will host a final happy hour "countdown" party to bid the neighborhood adieu — for now. 

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