Tell us about your business.
Keys to the Attic is a vintage furniture and decorative household item store in Fishtown, one of the popular regentrified riverward neighborhoods of Philadelphia. We specialize, but are not limited to, vintage furniture and items that lean toward the “shabby chic” and “cottage style” decor. We get new things in on a daily basis, keeping our selection fresh and our inventory rapidly rotating. We aim to display items in their most attractive light and provide lots of tips, tutorials and pictures to help you with creative refurbishing ideas. And with a wide range of unique items, you can mix styles to create your own look and feel of design.
In addition, Keys to the Attic carries several quality products used to paint and upcycle used furniture including, but not limited to: chalk & clay paint, milk paint, waxes & finishes, wax & paint brushes, knobs/pulls/hardware. We will conduct workshops where we will teach you how to paint/finish furniture and, if you desire, how to achieve an aged or distressed look.
We also carry a number of product lines that are mostly from south central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster County:
- Candle lines including, but not limited to, Americana Vintage, Black Crow and Harvest Moon.
- All natural raw milk goat soaps from Fourth Century Farms.
- All natural wine soaps and lip shimmers from deVine.
(Note: We will ship most of our products. Contact us to order.)
As a small local business, Keys to the Attic supports the environmental responsibility and green sustainability efforts of the Philadelphia region. When you buy second hand, nothing new is removed or put into the environment. There are no trees, minerals, or water being used – no pollution is caused because there is no new manufacturing. This is a win-win for everyone – buyers get quality furnishings and decorative household items at affordable prices and the environment is supported through the reuse and upcycling of no longer wanted or needed goods.
What do you feel you offer that some of your competitors may not?
Though more and more vintage and resale businesses are opening throughout the neighborhood (and we absolutely love this!), Keys to the Attic adds the extra element of design and decorating to our store. This is a place where you can find specialty paints, paint supplies, hardware and ideas for turning old things into new, treasured finds.
How long have you been doing business in the Fishtown area? Do you live here as well?
Yep. We have lived in Fishtown for 26 years and have enjoyed it a lot! The most amazing thing has been the opportunity to watch the growth and transformation that has occurred in the recent past years. Fishtown has always been a little pocket in Philadelphia that nobody was even aware existed. Now we have a diverse and growing population that is continuing to grow.
What do you like about working and (if you do) running a business in this area?
The funnest part about opening Keys to the Attic in Fishtown has been the opportunity to welcome all of the other small businesses opening up in the area and meeting all of the new people moving into the neighborhood. Not a week goes by where we haven’t met new people and made awesome new friends.
What are two (or three) of your favorite businesses in the neighborhood and why?
As a strong supporter of the Fishtown Area Business Association, we have had the pleasure of meeting most of the other small businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood – and we like and support all of them! Picking out a few would be just too hard.