Friday, March 19, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

I had such a wonderful day today!  One of those days filled with friends, fun, funkiness, and even a little food!  My day started out with a trip to Annie's house for a little chit chat, some tea and a yummy lemon poppy seed bundt cake from Panera.

Annie, who holds her master's degree in Art, is the brains behind Annie Wilcox Designs, a paint color consulting business she recently started.  She is also a new blogger, just like me, so we decided to get together and share a few trade secrets over breakfast today.  We talked about everything under the sun and her sweet 2 year old daughter even colored me a wonderful picture to take home!

After I left Annie's place, it was time to head over to The Vintage Source, in Compton, Maryland for a little more yakking and a whole lotta picture taking!  You've heard me sing the praises of this store many times before, so I thought it was about time I took you inside for a little tour.  Unlike my "Shop Til You Drop" series, this little field trip is a bit different.  You see, The Vintage Source is only open one weekend a month.

The four wonderful women that own and run The Vintage Source spend the rest of their time scouring the countryside looking for cool pieces of furniture and other unusual, fun, and eclectic pieces to share with their customers on the 3rd weekend of every month.

The store was the brain child of Michelle who grew up not far from the building that now houses The Vintage Source.  It was once an old country store that sold everything from bait to beer!  So when the building became available 5 years ago, Michelle jumped at the chance to bring the old structure back to life.

A short time after opening her store, Michelle was approached by Cathe and Sheryl, who had space in another local shop.  The three women combined their talents and love for fixing vintage and neglected furniture.  A few years later, Joy joined in on the fun, and today all 4 women share not only retail space but also a wonderful friendship with one another.

Each of The Vintage Source girls brings their own unique style to the shop, yet they all blend perfectly with one another.  And Michelle has even gotten her family in on the act!  Her father created the awesome rolling cart pictured above.

Because the shop carries such unusual and funky furnishings and accessories, it has almost a cult following, with people traveling from hours away just to see what they'll find on the one weekend a month they are open.

There is always something interesting to look at and buy like these wonderful decorative houses and birdhouses built by a local artisan.

And they find the coolest one of a kind pieces, like this sweet vanity. 

Rarely do the pieces of furniture come ready to sell.  All of the girls spend lots of time restoring, refinishing, and painting items in the most wonderful colors in order to make them sellable.

Beautiful slipcovered and upholstered furniture is also something The Vintage Source is known for.

This upholstered bench with it's very cool orange and white fabric was definitely calling my, where to put it?!

The other really neat thing you'll see are inspiration pictures torn out of decorating books and magazines, showing you just how to incorporate certain pieces into your own home.

There are always plenty of chippy white pieces, and you all know how much I love those!

And if you see something you like, you better grab it and go, because stuff flies out of here like hot cakes!

And remember those darling fabric flower pins I showed you last week?  Well you can go right to the Vintage Source and buy some from Sheryl!  If you see someone wandering around the shop this weekend sporting one of Sheryl's pretty green flower pins with a beautiful antique mother of pearl button, please say hello, because it will be me! 

The Vintage Source is open this Saturday and Sunday, and get there early, the doors open at 8:00 a.m., but people start lining up at 7:00 or 7:30!

But once you see all of the wonderful vintage items they carry, you won't mind getting up early to score some great finds!

Like these funky black chairs with zebra fabric!

Or this very cool kitschy chandelier, I love this one!
And there are always wonderful crystal and china pieces to choose from too!

And if tables and chairs are what you need, then you're sure to find just what you're looking for.  The Vintage Source always has plenty in different sizes, shapes, and price points!

I love this sweet blue desk, it would go perfectly in our daughter's bedroom!

Feeling a little blue?  Then why not pick up these bright blue stacking tables.  I love these for a little boy's bedroom or an ultra hip living room!

And check out these awesome retro barrel chairs (there are 4 of them) that Sheryl reupholstered in this fabulous shade of green!  Her husband did an amazing job of refinishing  the wood to make it look like new!

And if your yard is lacking style, never fear, The Vintage Source has you covered there as well!

With great vintage tables, chairs, and wonderful yard art!

So clear your calendar and hurry over to The Vintage Source this Saturday and Sunday to see what wonderful things you can find!  And why not make a day of it, and visit all of the wonderful stores I've been telling you about lately!  See you there!

And before you go, please don't forget to enter my latest Giveaway.

I was so busy running around today that I almost forgot to do the drawing for the Fabric Flower Pin Giveaway!  

The winner is #2, Sue (Someone's Mom).  Congratulations Sue!


  1. What a cool store! It looks a lot like Good JuJu in Kansas City...

    I could spend hours in a store like that!

  2. Kat, thanks for taking us shopping with you. Cools stuff in that store.

  3. Wow Kat! What a gorgeous store. We don't have anything like this where I live, so it was such a treat to be able to have a tour - so many gorgeous pieces! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  4. What a great place! My husbands family is littered throughout all parts of MD. You can bet I'll be Map-questing it on our next trip out - which is soon. Thanks

  5. Dee, let me know when you're coming and I'll take you on a guided tour!

    Kat :)

  6. Looks like an awesome store with lots of one-of-a-kind pieces! Love the tole chandelier!

  7. Kat,
    Thanks for taking mr window shopping in my PJ's...I had a blast looking at this FUN shop!


  8. Love vintage!!! We have something similar here open 1 weekend a month in the summer months--same thing 4 women do it together. This store looks much larger though and boy wouldn't I love to browse around in there. Thanks for the tour Kat, I like going shopping with you! ~Lili

  9. so many great things ~ i would love to spend a whole day treasure hunting there! :)

  10. Congratulations Sue! Enjoy your new pin!
    And thanks for the tour Kat! I just LOVE those 3 nested blue tables!!! Already thinking where they would look perfect, BUT I"M IN TEXAS!!!

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!!! What a bummer that it's so far away!! Thanks for the tour.

  12. Ok, I am going to pick just one thing from this lovely store. That funky chandelier!

    Love it! and that tour of this amazing shop.

  13. Wow, I see SO many things that would look great in my house. If I wasn't slinging mulch this weekend I would have to take a road trip to Compton! xo, suzy

  14. Yikes Kat you make me want to take a road trip! They have some great stuff -- of course a lot of it looks like stuff in my house so naturally I think it's great. What a terrific resource. Wait until Allison sees that red house.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking our tour -- I've enjoyed yours every bit as much.

  15. Oh my goodness I love everything in this store! Wish I lived closer!!

  16. Thanks Kat for the wonderful visit with you and taking time out from your busy schedule to share a little bit of "you" with me. Can't wait to chat soon. I am inspired to share my stuff now. The sale was awesome and your pictures make it look magical.

    Thanks again.

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  18. What a great shop! I saw so many things I would like to have.

  19. I love your post. All of those antiques are just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers, Lia

  20. I could get very lost in that shop...and never want to find my way out. Lots and lots of treasures there!


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