Many people who adore vintage run into a little bit of a problem: â€œyou can’t buy everything and own everything,â€ says Tori Hahn of Pip Home, a vintage and secondhand goods shop based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Living in California at the time, Tori realized that her vintage hobby wasnâ€™t as readily available in San Diego as it was in New York City. When she moved to New York City for a job with a major architecture firm, Tori was hit with the motivation to take her interest in vintage to the next level.
â€œNew York just inspires everybody,â€ she said. Noticing a budding community devoted to vintage, Tori was looking for a way to participate in something she always wanted to do. The circular movement of â€œsecondhand goods and vintage furnitureâ€ was something she always had a deep appreciation for and starting her own shop gave her an opportunity to share that feeling with others. â€œI thought I could make vintage and secondhand goods more accessible to more people.â€
For Tori, her passion for vintage comes from different angles. First and foremost, sheâ€™s â€œreally passionate about sustainability,â€ and secondhand shopping allows objects to live more than one life. Beyond its environmental benefits, Tori has discovered that â€œevery piece has a story and when you’re out and you’re buying, you meet a lot of great people.â€
Thereâ€™s a lot of competitive industries, but vintage selling is not one of them.
â€œI love how open people are with loving that you have a shop and being supportive. I think that’s really special.â€
She approaches sourcing with that same love of community and personal touch. She thinks about what she would want in her home, or her friends or even her brother. Sheâ€™s not bound by one era or design style.
â€œI would like to say proudly that it is a kind of an eclectic mix. It is kind of something for everybody. I don’t just focus on one thing. I think that’s something that I’m trying to embrace rather than see as a flaw.â€
Her shop has grown from simply smalls to furniture with an inventory thatâ€™s added to nearly every weekend at this point. Whether selling on Instagram or in a studio sheâ€™s recently leased, Tori is working to make Pip Home her dream come true and a shop where the â€œcharacterâ€ of a piece is the reason why you buy.