We are gearing up for our Grand Opening on March 10th! If you are in the Philadelphia area, please join us for some sweet treats and local wine from the vineyards along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Highland Orchards will be sampling some of their yummy products as well. We'll be there from 10am to 5pm, and if you are lucky, you'll get to meet my mom and 92-year-old grandmom. The shop will also be open on Sunday from 11am to 4pm, when the celebration will continue. But only if there are leftovers.
Thanks to all of the blog readers, friends, family and neighbors who visited the shop during the past two "practice" weekends. It was so nice to finally meet some Facebook commenters in person.
We've only been open for a total of four days, but we've already had to do some re-arranging after selling a few BIG items, like a set of lockers and a couple of card catalogs (don't worry - we have more of each, waiting in the wings).
My friend Mary is responsible for the card catalogs and many more primo vintage finds. She already has a booming Etsy shop called Vidalia's Vintage, and will be selling at the freshvintage shop, too. Here she is, helping us set up shop a few weeks ago (I promise, we were not showing stag films on that aqua projector screen).
Mary's vintage biz is a little side project that feeds her addiction to old stuff - she is actually the founder of The Town Dish, a local network of foodie websites, and Dish Trip, a cool food/travel site in partnership with Southwest Airlines. She'll be dishing on all of the fun fresh food news at the Orchard.
My sister, Erin, will also be selling her vintage finds at the shop, just like she does at Brandywine View Antiques in Chadds Ford. She and her husband, Doug, will be at the Grand Opening. If we twist his arm just a little, I'm sure he would do a reading from the infamous blog post about his famous ancestors.
For all of you far, far away readers, I promised some photos...
Our medical cabinet that lights up when you open it (my most favorite thing in the store):
Vintage-style reproduction dish towels:
Tool cart-turned-bar cart:
Mason jar vases:
Vintage metal bed with matching bedside table and adorable floral chandelier. Oh, and Jesus. Can't forget him!
Cardboard signs from funny Pennsylvania towns, including Blue Ball. (I don't know if "2" refers the distance in miles, or the number of balls in question.)
More cool stuff:
Even more cool stuff:
It was tough to pick a line of candles to sell in the shop, but I fell in love with Rewined Candles after I saw them on this design website. The deal was sealed after I smelled the samples that they sent me. I particularly love that they are clean-burning soy, are made in the USA and poured into hand-cut recycled wine bottles. Perfection!
If you are planning to visit the shop for the Grand Opening (or any time we are open), I would encourage you to visit some of the other antique shops in the area. Make a day of it! These are all within 15 minutes from freshvintage:
- Cottage Home
- Little Shop of Hoarders
- Milkhouse Antiques
- Creekside Antiques
- Pearl's Market
- Malena's Boutique
And, if you are looking to get a meal after your day of antiquing and donut-eating, I recommend Four Dogs Tavern for a few beers and plate of calamari and a flatbread. And sit by the cozy fire. (And then when it gets warmer, sit outside on the patio). For even more restaurant recommendations, take a look at West Chester Dish.
A big thanks to my friend & neighbor, Erin Klimas, for taking most of the above photos. She also takes beautiful family portraits (in the Philly/Delaware areas). Thanks, Erin!