Have you ever dined at a waterfront restaurant and wondered where they get their nautical-themed décor? Have you ever wondered where TV shows shot in the Miami area get their props? No? Well too bad, because you’re about to find out anyway.
If antiquing is not on your list of things to do in Miami, you could easily miss out on a unique South Florida experience, Stone-Age Antiques. One of the very few antique shops that specializes in all things “nautical,” this business that once catered to restaurant designers now also rents props for movies and other media. Even if you don’t need any nautical memorabilia (you probably do and just don’t know it yet) this is a fun place to explore a visually overwhelming (in a good way) collection of unique vintage and antique items. In addition to impressive varieties of nautical booty such as binnacles (stands for compasses) and wood carvings, they have just about every category of vintage memorabilia you can think of, from phones with dials to suits of armor.
The business goes back three generations to Milton Stone, who started as a landscaper in the 1950s. He and his son Gary collected nautical items to use in their landscape designs for waterfront hotels and bars, including the Wreck Bar in Ft. Lauderdale (home to a famous mermaid show.) Soon restaurants and other businesses were reaching out to them to rent or buy décor, and they realized they could make better livings as antique dealers than as landscapers.
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