Picky Pickers

Picky Pickers

Picky Pickers I thought I would share with you, what Vintage Peach is all about. My husband and I decided to launch this little side business, because we discovered this passion we both had since little kids. My husband has always been the guy hunting for bargains at thrift stores and garage sales; I’ve always been the one fascinated with the “Olden days” and the significance the past has in our day to day lives. Together, I think we make the perfect pair to create this amazing little store we call, Vintage Peach. We want to awaken a desire for all things used, old, overlooked, recycled, unwanted, antique, thrifty and potentially junky to the individuals who think those things are not important. We would love nothing more than the younger generations to appreciate how amazing it is to hold something that is a century old in your hands. To picture who once owned that piece, what it’s been through and how treasured it once was. We just don’t do things the same anymore, we don’t make things the same anymore and we don’t appreciate things the way we use to anymore. I feel like we’ve gotten lazy and settled for things of lesser quality. We are throwing away our grandmother’s old stuff because we think it’s not useable, reliable or pretty. If only they knew, then we wouldn’t be finding vintage furniture or antiques at the dump ready to be lost forever.  I thought I would document, what seems to be a pretty normal routine for us these days. Our “picking” adventures. It’s amazing what you will find if...
Recycling

Recycling

Recycling Never Looked So Good Woke up this Saturday morning at 6:30 am. Yes, a little early for a day I should be sleeping in. However, today is technically a work day for us these days. You got to be up and ready to go if you want to find the good stuff. We left the house in search of treasures; coffee in one hand and cash in the other. You never know what kind of hunting day it’s going to be. It might be totally successful, mediocre, or a complete flop. Nonetheless, you go anyway because it’s what we do and it’s worth losing a few extra hours of sleep.  Yard sales are a gold mine to me. You dig through people’s unwanted stuff and find the most incredible things sometimes. You almost want to convince them why they should hold on to these lovely treasures, but they are old or too tired to do much with them anyway. I feel really blessed to be that next generation that keeps old collectibles, antiques and vintage finds alive. Otherwise, all these amazing items would end up rotting in someone’s backyard or in a junk yard somewhere. I love what we do. It brings me so much joy and satisfaction. Now if only I could do this 7 days a week as a real job! I love this quote taken from a really cool book I’m reading right now. It’s right up my alley…. “Not everything old is junk or a treasure. Most of it is just plain old stuff, still lying around and completely useful. So instead of wasting...

Vintage Peach So here it is, our mini endeavor: Vintage Peach. I guess it all happened quickly and by complete surprise. It’s one of those ideas you throw out there and wait for the reaction. I guess my husband and I felt good about the afterthought. If you’ve ever watched American Picker’s and felt this feeling of sheer excitement come over you, then you have a clue about what I’m saying. There is something so invigorating when you walk into a thrift store, a yard sale or even an antique store. You are surrounded by millions of items that were once someone’s favorite treasure, now forgotten. You want so badly to find those forgotten items and make them someone’s cherished piece of art or furniture. I have items like that in every room of my home. So that’s it really, what our mini endeavor is all about. Taking the old, unwanted and fixing them up to make brand new treasures. Pictures of items will follow shortly! Enjoy! ...

Taking risks I am one of those people that believes in taking risks. I think it’s necessary every once in a while during our life’s journey. This year has been a time of discovery and a time of adventure. I decided a while ago to go back to school and take graphic design. Risk #1. It’s something I feel excited about, but scared at the same time. I am at a crossroads in my life where so many things can happen at any moment, but that can’t stop me from chasing my dreams. Recently, another opportunity presented itself. Risk #2. Every year, there is a local Peddler’s Faire that takes place at the museum in town. All kinds of vendors set up and sell all their unique goods. This year, a good friend of mine and I decided to start collecting vintage finds.  We’ve restored furniture, found unique household items and worked on a few DIY projects hoping to spark an interest at the Peddler’s Faire this year. It’s a bit of a risk, since the costs to participate in the Faire were expensive. Not to mention, each item we’ve handpicked was a sacrifice at one time or another. It can be a little daunting not knowing if you will succeed, but it’s that kind of risk that I know is going to be worth it. I have wanted to do something like this for so long. It’s time to put those dreams and desires into reality. So, be sure to come check us out at this year’s Peddler’s Faire! ...

Trying something new This week I was looking for some cute craft supplies and my eye caught something exciting. I found this handmade embroidery kit, which included all the needed supplies: thread, needle, fabric, and directions. The design is a simple sparrow and I can’t wait to finish. The only thing is, it takes a lot of patients and a lot of free time. This  shouldn’t be a problem, especially when you are always wanting to try new things and grow as a crafter.  On another note, I found this really cool jar at a thrift store. I’m not too sure what I want to do with it yet, but for now it holds some of my collection of buttons.  I’m looking forward to the long weekend, I have a few things planned and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Better yet, show you! Enjoy your extra time off! ...

A little something extra I’ve been kind of liking jars a lot lately. I don’t really know why, but when I see one that jumps out at me I grab it! While on one of our little thrift adventures we saw this neatly shaped jar and decided to add a little something extra to it! It was such an easy project, I think we might make a few more of these.  Simply paint the lid any color you want. Once the lid is completely dry, just place a drawer pull (knob) in the center of the lid. There are so many cool drawer pulls to choose from, so you can have a lot of fun with this. We got this particular one from Anthropolie, since they have SO many to choose from. My husband chose this vintage faceted glass knob. Not bad for a little DIY test drive! Whatever you use your jar for, it’s sure to be cute!  Here are a few others I thought would look fun! ...
Finds, finds, finds!

Finds, finds, finds!

Finds, finds, finds!   My husband is just as obsessed with thrifty finds as I am! It’s refreshing to have him along with me when I am on the hunt for something original and unique because he gets it. He isn’t grossed out by the mossy, damp smell of an antique store or afraid to dig through a pile of old “junk”. I guess that’s why he is more than the man I married, he is my best friend and has a lot of the same taste as I do.  He is also a lot more handy when it comes to fixing things up and does an amazing makeover to the old and beat up. Today after work, I walked in and he had a few surprises awaiting me! Best part about his surprise, it cost him no more than $10. Things like this just make my day: He spotted this old record player at a yard sale. I love it! He and I have been tossing ideas about projects we want to do together. We’ve been talking for a while about the popular cake holders you see almost everywhere now. He has been keeping his eyes open for retro plates and decided to make a few today. I was so excited, I was already trying to figure out where to put them! Sometimes it scares me when he can read my mind! I’ve been wanting a retro piece in our kitchen. Something original and cute! I can’t believe he found this adorable owl: he is cute, cuddly, red and retro!  I love the little things you find that make your...

All things used and bruised: My 3 in 1  I am always on the look out for vintage finds, whether from the 40s to the 80s! I find myself attracted to shady shops, overlooked yard sales and random markets along the way. In these places I find so many treasures. Sure, I love new stuff just as much as anyone else. Sometimes it’s necessary to buy something less worn and torn, but it’s the used and bruised stuff that I am inspired by. As a little girl, I would spend a lot of time at my Oma’s homes. Both places were like museums to me. Stuff from all over the world (mostly from Europe where they both immigrated from). A lot of their belongings were antique or vintage and had a wonderful story attached to it. When I look at my home, I feel at peace. All the little things I find along the way have a little story with it too. Whether it was a road trip with my husband, a vacation back home in Canada or just one of those pick me ups on a bad day. They each mean something to me and give off a warm environment in my home.  This is one of those used items I picked up while on vacation in Canada on a mother-daughter trip to the city. I dragged her to a thrift store and she was patient with me as I looked through a lot of junk. My eyes caught this cute vintage tray with matching cup holders. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but with a...
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