Every now and then, when there’s an especially precious vintage-furniture item she has her eye on at an estate sale, Michelle Qazi will wait in line at the crack of dawn to get it. The last item she did that for was a beautiful, midsize rattan chair. “I find so much joy in [vintage furniture],” says Qazi. “I get excited over home décor and the hunt of it, going out and finding these pieces.”
But Qazi is more than just a dedicated collector. She’s the sole curator and proprietor behind home-goods store 6th and Detroit in Long Beach. Located in the quiet East Village neighborhood, the shop is named after the cross streets of Qazi’s first apartment in Los Angeles, where she lived in 2003 and sparked her interest in collecting vintage furniture while decorating her home. The Laguna Niguel-born Qazi then started her first store on Etsy in 2015 before opening a brick-and-mortar only a month ago, which has already earned a steady clientele of regulars.
Qazi describes the store’s aesthetic as “earthy,” with neutral tones giving off a spiritual, warm vibe. Objects are ornate but not extravagant and include Turkish towels, Spanish wood-framed mirrors, African woven baskets, wicker furniture, midcentury-modern bar carts, pottery and lamps, latch-hook rugs, depression glassware, Turkish Kilim rugs, and wooden plant stools, among others. Qazi also supplies plants, candles, pillows and other handmade products from friends and Long Beach-based businesses to support local vendors. Whatever you find here, it’s sure to grant a touch of classic cool to any room.
This Saturday, 6th and Detroit hosts its grand opening party with DJs, bands, food and a ribbon cutting. Most important, items will be discounted 15 percent off their already-affordable pricing. See you there!
6th and Detroit, 105-B Linden Ave., Long Beach, (562) 612-4001; www.6thanddetroit.etsy.com. Follow it on Instagram: @6thanddetroit. Grand opening party, Sat., 5-9 p.m.