As a youngster, Allegra Muzzillo spent nearly every weekend at a flea market, clothing show, or an estate sale—collecting change, learning the correct ways to wrap fragile items, and hunting for vintage treasures with her mother, Sheryl, who is a working artist, antiques dealer, and collector herself.
As a child, Allegra collected the typical stuff kids do: Snoopy lunch boxes, PEZ dispensers, dollhouses. As she got older, she increasingly looked forward to these outings; early exposure to the world of antiques and vintage collecting helped Allegra hone her taste and her eye.
Fast-forward to 1999: Allegra's arrival in NYC signaled the beginning of her career as a reporter, writer, and editor for many of the most popular lifestyle magazines and websites around. In 2011, after segueing into freelance work (and realizing she had grown quite a healthy vintage collection), she took up a weekly residency at the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where You & Yours Fine Vintage was born. (The name of her biz is a tribute to the long-running BBC consumer-affairs program she listened to regularly while living and working in London, U.K.)
Today, Allegra still loves flea markets and estate sales and is always on the hunt for interesting pieces to add to her growing collection. She also still contributes to top shelter publications.
Allegra's continued rapport with interior designers, prop stylists, and photographers has helped foster a business that, after several permutations, is now headquartered at 77 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Y&YFV is open Tuesday - Sunday, from 12pm - 7pm and offers furniture, lighting, and home decor that dates from the Art Deco and Mid-century Modern eras all the way up to the Swinging '70s. Items embodying every decorating style—from coastal-chic and industrial to traditional and eclectic—are also represented.
Whether you're in the market for a specific piece, just browsing, or simply want to say hello, Allegra is just an email or phone call away—and can also accommodate after-hours appointments.