Whether Mother Nature cooperates or not, spring arrives this Saturday in DeWitt, IA. Living Vintage at 1416 11th Street will host its 4th Annual Living Vintage Spring Reveal on April 21.
Living Vintage is a one-stop emporium for antiques, vintage and handmade items, home decor, and even decorator paints.
Saturday’s event will be held from 10 to 5 PM, with member access (and a 10% storewide discount) beginning at 8 AM. A few lucky folks with tickets from an earlier event get in even earlier at 7:30 a.m.
My friend Mary Beth and I stopped by Living Vintage this past Tuesday as owner Robin Jennings and employees were putting together a massive display for Saturday’s event. Although we weren’t allowed to snap photos of the reveal preparation, Robin and store manager Ann Harms gave us a quick peek at what was happening in the store’s back rooms. Come Saturday, Robin and crew will have transformed the 3,000 square foot space into several rooms packed with spring and garden-themed finds from 30 vendors and 25 consignors. Items include handcrafted furniture, antiques, artwork, vintage clothing and jewelry, garden decor, soap, candles, lighting, wall hangings, salvaged architectural items, and more.
“Many of our vendors have been working on some amazing repurposing projects that will be unveiled…,” Robin wrote as part of an email promotion I received earlier in the week. “You won’t want to miss them!”
On Saturday I’m hoping to find something less wintery to replace the watercolor in my front hall. The snowy barn scene (below) was painted by my cousin Kris’ dad, Lee. Uncle Lee was a successful commercial illustrator in Milwaukee during the 1960s, and during his retirement he enjoyed watercolor painting. Scenes of barns and buildings in Wisconsin were his specialty. I love this painting but after this unyielding winter, I’m sending it to storage for the rest of the spring and summer. I march past this painting at least 50 times a day, and I need something airy and colorful to lift the winter darkness.
I’ll also search for an eye catcher to rest on the shelf in my powder room. Living Vintage has thousands of interesting knick-knacks, vases, and tchotchkes so I’m sure I’ll find something cute. Ideas are welcome.
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