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  • BEST LOCAL EATERIES

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    Shoppers often ask for a recommendation on local eateries. And Ron (the owner) has embarrassingly pointed them in the direction of fast food joints on Main Street. Fortunately, Springfield is host to not only the best antiques in the mid-west but also some really tasty local cuisine. We decided to put together a list of places we think best represents Springfield, Ohio:

    #1: Mike & Rosey’s Deli

    Best described as a “local treasure” and we couldn’t agree more. The food here is great and the prices are well fitting for what you receive; we can promise you won’t leave here unsatisfied. Along side their food items, Mike and Rosey’s carries a wide selection of wine and beer, which go wonderfully with the warm atmosphere they provide. Located only a short drive from the shop at 330 W. McCreight Ave, we recommend Mike & Rosey’s to anyone looking for an old school deli dining experience.

    #2: O’Connor’s

    If you’re looking to relax from your day of antiquing or you’re just taking your family out for a good meal, we recommend O’Connor’s Irish Pub. O’Connor’s is the place to go when you’re looking for some steak, burgers, and wings, all at very reasonable prices. O’connor’s has a full bar and a brand new location on the north side of Springfield ( 2200 N. Limestone St ).

    #3: Schuler’s

    Schuler’s Bakery has been one of Springfield’s hidden gems since 1937, when they introduced us to some of the best donuts found in the state. Their donuts are made fresh daily with no added preservatives. They have three locations (457 E Main St., 1911 S Limestone St., and 2968 Derr Rd) which are located conveniently on all sides of the city. Schuler’s Bakery is the perfect place to grab some sweets along your antiquing adventure.

    Did we miss your favorite local restaurant? Let us know in the comment section!

  • SUGAR BOWL SALE

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    We’re supporting the Buckeyes with a Sugar Bowl Sale. On Friday, January 2 all shoppers will get 10% off for every OSU touchdown. That’s right…every touchdown gets you an extra 10% off your purchase. This is uncapped and Ron (the owner) isn’t very happy about this sale. He’s tried to pull a fast one on us. Like bringing in a bunch of vintage sugar bowls and saying that’s the limit of the sale. He joked and said if OSU scores more than five touchdowns that he won’t open the store. He even tried to change the sign at the last minute and put 5% off.

    He fought us on this. But we won!

    So fear not vintage lovers and deal seekers. We’re sticking with the game plan. You will get 10% off for every touchdown. We hope the Buckeyes put up six touchdowns, trounce the Tide, roll into the National Championship, and everyone gets 60% off their purchase. Ron is hoping they win 3-0. Regardless, he’ll be glued to the TV Friday night. Will you?

  • ANNOUNCING: FREE COMMUNITY YARD SALE, MAY 31

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    Spring is in full swing and Summer is just around the corner! Join us as we host our second Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 31 from 9am – 3pm.

    You know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is the inspiration behind our fun, family-oriented community event. Think of it as a giant garage sale – who knows what treasures you’ll find.

    Besides providing an opportunity to turn your unwanted stuff into cash, the event will feature food and beverage, entertainment, and games. It’s also a great opportunity to meet more members of your community.

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    DETAILS

     

    WHO: Everyone

    WHAT: Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale

    WHEN: Saturday, May 31 | 9am – 3pm

    WHERE: Vintage Depot, 2905 E High Street

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    GET INVOLVED

    Interested in setting up a table at the sale (it’s FREE!)? Register to sell by 4pm on May 24. You can do this one of two ways:

     

    1) Print & complete the Application & Waiver Form (must bring in to the store)

    2) Or, Register Online

     

    We just ask that you help promote the Yard Sale by printing & distributing these flyers.

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    HELPFUL TIPS

    The experts at Vintage Depot offer these tips to help you have a successful yard sale:

    • 1) Prepare early. Start rounding up your trash (er, treasure) several days in advance.
    • 2) Be an early riser – set up 1 hour before the sale.
    • 3) Invest in tables – people do not like to bend down.
    • 4) Group items logically – e.g., kitchenware, sporting equipment.
    • 5) Price items right – 1/3 or less of the original cost is a good starting point.
    • 6) Make your sale items attractive – wipe them off for a fresh, clean look.
    • 7) Selling for an organization? Set up signage, let people know how to reach you post-event.
    • 8) Have fun!

     

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  • KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL UPCYCLE PROJECT: THE FOUR T’S

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    We’ve completed more than our fair share of DIY jobs over the years, so we’d like to share some keys to a successful upcycle project for you craft enthusiasts. Ultimately, the best projects involve the following four T’s: tools, temperature, time, and talent.

    TOOLS. By far, the most important element of a successful upcycle project is having the right tools for the job. Without the proper tools, the project can take much longer than expected, potentially damage the piece you’re working on, and create major headaches. Before you get started, ensure you have the right tools. Either make the investment or borrow them from someone else (just make sure you give them back when done!).

    TEMPERATURE. Living in Ohio means you have to deal with crazy weather. It could be 60 degrees and sunny one day, then cold and snowing the next (which literally happened last week). This means that projects are often put on hold due to Mother Nature. If your workspace is not climate controlled, you could freeze your butt off while sanding or end up waiting forever for paint to dry (in fact, certain materials can only be applied above 50 degrees). Just keep your cool (pun intended!) and be patient. Learn to take advantage of those sunny days and use the down time on dreary days to research your next project.

    TIME. Ok, so you have the right tools and great weather… now you just have to find time to complete the project. Keep in mind that upcycling a piece is not an overnight job. There are usually several steps involved (e.g., disassembly, sanding, stripping, painting, re-assembly, etc.) and many steps require down time. We often piece-meal our work. Meaning, we start one step then call it a day until we find the time to complete the second step. Rinse and repeat until all the steps are complete (hey, that rhymed!).

    TALENT. We’re sure you’ve seen some fabulous projects on Pinterest. Trust us, for every awesome project posted there are several others that didn’t turn out so well. We’re not saying this to discourage you, but you were not born a carpenter. This is a skill that requires lots of practice and years of experience. Remember that old saying, practice makes perfect? We often recommend to our customers that they take the time to research their project inside and out, and to start off small before diving into larger and more expense endeavors. Ron, for example, has been upcycling for over 40 years!

    When you tackle your next project, just remember the four T’s! What’s next on your DIY list?

     

  • MUST-HAVE FOR THE KITCHEN: VINTAGE CAST IRON COOKWARE

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    We have a confession: we. love. cast. iron.

     

    Vintage Cast Iron Cookware at Vintage Depot    Vintage Cast Iron Cookware at Vintage Depot

     

    And we have a lot of vintage cast iron cookware in the shop – all the top brands, from Griswold to Wagner to Lodge and a few others as well. If you’re looking for a solid cast iron skillet or pan, vintage is the way to go. If the pan is rusty or greasy, buy it anyway! As long as it doesn’t have any cracks or nicks, you can easily clean it, season it and use it for years to come.

     

    WHY CAST IRON

    1) Cast iron cookware heats evenly & can transfer from stovetop to oven

    2) It is affordable

    3) Cast iron lasts a lifetime (literally) with proper care

    4) It’s a great way to cook fat-free

    5) Cast iron cookware will not warp

     

    THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF USING CAST IRON COOKWARE

    Believe it or not, you actually use less oil when cooking with a cast iron skillet. If you are using a well-seasoned pan, it will be rendered virtually nonstick. Which means there’s no need to use a ton of oil to brown your food.

    Another benefit to cast iron is that it does not contain the harmful chemicals found in most nonstick pans. However, it will leach some iron into your food – which is actually a good thing, as iron deficiencies are quite common, especially in women.

     

    SEASONING CAST IRON

    Many people claim to dislike cast iron because “everything sticks to the pan.” Actually, if food is sticking to the pan, this simply means that it is not seasoned properly.

    To season a cast iron pan means to create a slick coating by baking on several coats of oil (to protect against rust and to create a nice, nonstick cooking surface). Here’s how you do it:

    1) Rub your pan with a thin coat of extra virgin olive oil

    2) Wipe off the oil with some paper towels

    3) Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a 450-degree oven and set the pan upside-down on the foil

    4) Bake it for about 30 minutes

    5) Pull the pan from the oven and let it cool completely

    6) Repeat the above steps 3-4 times

     

    A well-seasoned pan is like a good wine – it only gets better with age and will last for many years!

     

    COOKING WITH CAST IRON

    You can cook almost any food in a cast iron pan or skillet, using any method: deep frying, searing and even baking. Use it on the stove top, on the grill or in the oven.

    Pro Tip: always pre-heat your cast iron pan BEFORE using it.

     

    CLEANING YOUR CAST IRON COOKWARE

    Never, ever put cast iron in the dishwasher! Here are some quick steps for cleaning:

    1) Let your cookware cool.

    2) Wash it with dishwashing soap and water (never let it soak!), rinse thoroughly and dry it with paper towels.

    3) Place the cleaned pan on a heated stove burner for a couple of minutes to ensure it is bone dry. Then, apply a very light coating of oil to the inside of the pan and spread it around with a paper towel.

    4) If your pan gets rusty, just scour the rust with steel wool until it’s all gone. Then, repeat steps 1-3 above.

     

    You know what they say: once you go cast iron, you never go back!

     

     

  • 2013: A YEAR IN BUSINESS,
    A YEAR IN REVIEW

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    With 2014 upon us, this is a time to reflect on the past year and look to the upcoming one with anticipation and hope. For all of us at Vintage Depot, 2013 holds some very special memories of our first year in business.  Take a trip down memory lane with us, and tell us: what were some of your favorite memories of 2013?

     

     

    December 2012: Vintage Depot officially opened its doors for business at 2905 E High Street.  The brand identity was finalized, thanks in part to an open vote by our Facebook community.

    Vintage Depot Grand Opening  Vintage Depot Logo

     

    April 2013: We were featured in SpringfieldB2B Magazine!

    SpringfieldB2B Magazine

     

    May 2013: Another Extravaganza in the books. Did you know that, as a buyer, seller, and collector of antiques, Ron maintains the same booth at the Springfield Flea Market since his first show over 35 years ago? You can’t miss us, right outside the Arts & Crafts building!

    Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market Extravaganza

     

    July 2013: For the 9th year in a row, we participated in the 127 Corridor Sale – The World’s Longest Yard Sale in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

    127 Corridor Sale

     

    September 2013: We hosted our first annual Community Yard Sale. With around 20 vendors and a huge community turnout, the day was a fun-filled success and we look forward to holding 2 more next year!

    Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale

    November 2013: We participated in Small Business Saturday – the Saturday following Black Friday, which places an emphasis on supporting local businesses.

    American Express Small Business Saturday

     

    December 2013: Happy 1st Birthday, Vintage Depot! We had a fantastic turnout for our one-year celebration and finished the year strong.

    Happy Birthday Vintage Depot

     

     

     

  • UPCYCLED: RETRO END TABLES

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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is inspired by a set of cheap, plastic, 70’s-retro stackable end tables that we had lying around. These tables are the perfect size for a dorm room or cozy apartment or condo, where space is limited. We gave them a little face lift to modernize, neutralize and make them fit for any style of decor. Read on to find out how we did it!

     

    BEFORE

    70s retro stackable plastic end tables 70s retro stackable plastic end tables

     

     

    What You’ll Need: textured spray paint (we love the Krylon White Onyx Make it Stone); patterned scrapbook paper; Mod Podge adhesive; paint brush; Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer

    krylon spray paint - stone texture  Scrapbook Paper

     

    Instructions

     

    1) Wipe down the tables to ensure there is no residual dust. Take them outside and lay down cardboard or newspaper so that the spray paint doesn’t stain your deck / patio / grass / driveway. What we love about the Krylon textured spray paints is that no additional surface prep is needed. So, just spray away!

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

    2) You WILL need to apply multiple coats to the tables (we did 3 total, but it depends on how thick a coat you want, and if you’d like to see any of the original color/material through the texturized paint). Be sure to let the first coat dry almost completely before adding another layer (30-45 minutes in the sun).

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

     

    3) Next, you will apply your patterned paper to the top. Simply brush a layer of the Mod Podge onto the BACK (white) side of the paper and press down on top of the table. You will need to press out all of the little air bubbles to be sure the paper lies flat. Once it is adhered to the table top, apply another thick layer of Mod Podge over top of the paper (don’t worry, it will dry clear). Let it dry completely (1 hour in the sun).

    Stackable 70s retro end tables  Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

    4) Once the Mod Podge has dried, apply a coat of the clear acrylic sealer.

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

     

    AFTER

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

  • EVENT RECAP: FIRST ANNUAL VINTAGE DEPOT COMMUNITY YARD SALE

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    We want to take a moment and say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our first Community Yard Sale. We had a fantastic turnout and truly appreciate everyone who sold, bought or volunteered to help make the day such a success.

    For those that didn’t make it out, we hope to see you at our next community event. And, here’s a little taste of what transpired throughout the day…

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    9:00 am: The shop all set up and ready to go the morning of the sale.

    Vintage Depot First Annual Community Yard Sale 2013     Vintage Depot First Annual Community Yard Sale 2013

     

    9:45 am: Hershey eagerly waits at the entrance to the shop to greet shoppers.

    Hershey at Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale 2013

     

    10:00 am: Let’s shop! Over 20 vendors set up in the acre behind the shop.

    Vintage Depot First Annual Community Yard Sale 2013

     

    11:00 am: An array of vintage and upcycled artwork and jewelry is also on display at the yard sale.

    Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale Artwork     Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale Jewelry     Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale Artwork

     

    12:00 pm: Who’s hungry? Good thing Spanky’s was on hand serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and snacks!

    Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale - Spanky's Food Cart

     

    1:00 pm: Cast members from Ohio Performing Arts Institute‘s “How to Eat Like a Child” provided hours of entertainment. Their performances are October 3-5. For tickets, call 937.324.7444.

    Ohio Performing Arts Institute

     

    2:00 pm: We also had a free DIY station on hand to create your own upcycled artwork (inspiration from Pinterest).

    Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale DIY Station

     

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    Did you attend the sale? We want to hear how you liked it. Drop us a comment below and tell us what you bought, what we should consider for our next yard sale and anything else that comes to mind.

    Keep an eye out for our next community event in December, when Vintage Depot celebrates its 1st birthday!

     

  • UPCYCLED: VINTAGE DRESSER REVAMP

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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is brought to you by a very special guest blogger. Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer by day; DIY-er and interior design enthusiast by night. She recently acquired one of the dressers for sale in our shop and upcycled it into a shabby chic piece that is versatile enough to be used in just about any room of her home. Read on to find out how she did it!

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    We all know someone who pins Pinterest projects with no intention of ever recreating them. And let me be the first to say that I am often guilty as charged. As a self-diagnosed Pinterest addict, I constantly pin furniture upcycle projects from my favorite DIY bloggers. I’ve always envied their ability to create gorgeous custom pieces without breaking the bank and swore I’d turn my “must recreate this!” pins into reality one day.

    Like many 20-somethings, I’m trying to fill my home with great signature pieces on a budget. When I came across a solid maple six-drawer dresser at Vintage Depot, I knew it was finally time to join the upcycling club. The base, drawers and hardware were in great shape, but the wood finish wasn’t my style. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.

    BEFORE

    Vintage Dresser     Vintage Dresser

     

    PREP:

    Painting prep seemed intimidating and time consuming, but I’m happy I took each step seriously. A little elbow grease makes painting far less frustrating in the end.

    Step One: I kicked off the project by taking out the drawers, removing all hardware and cleaning the dresser’s interior with a 50/50 water and vinegar mix. This helped remove any musty smells associated with an older furniture piece. The vinegar smell disappears once it dries: promise. {Estimated time: 30 minutes}

    Step Two: As mentioned before, the dresser was in beautiful shape: but the top needed some major TLC. My dad recommended using a paint & varnish stripper to remove existing varnish. I sprayed the stripper (I used Citristrip) on the top, waited 30 minutes and scraped the varnish away with a putty knife. I repeated this step to remove all existing varnish. {Estimated time: 1 hour plus drying}

    citristrip      Vintage Dresser After Citristrip

    Step Three: I cleaned the dresser base and drawers with rubbing alcohol. Once the alcohol dried, I used a medium-grit sanding block to rough up the dresser and prepare it for paint. A tack cloth helped remove sand dust. {Estimated time: 1 hour}

    PAINT:

    Step One: I originally planned to paint the dresser dusty blue, but once I came across Sherwin Williams’ White Raisin, I knew yellow was the winner. White Raisin is the perfect yellow in my book: not too golden and not too pastel. Two coats could have done the job, but I opted for three coats to be safe. {Estimated time: 2.5 hours plus drying}

     Sherwin Williams White Raisin Paint

    Step Two: I adored the dresser’s original hardware, but it looked brassy. I spray painted the hardware with Rust-Oleum’s Dark Bronze Hammered Metal Finish Spray, and after two coats, it looked brand new. I purchased new ceramic knobs for the top dresser drawers and spray painted the metal inserts to match existing hardware. {Estimated time: 15 minutes plus drying}

    Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Dresser Upcycled Knob

    Step Three: Once everything dried, I finalized the project by attaching the hardware and putting the drawers in place. I will eventually finish the top with a protective coat (polycrylic or wax) to fight wear and tear.

    I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and create a custom piece for less than $100. Similar dressers (brand new, of course) would retail at $500 or more. I’m looking forward to upcycling my next Vintage Depot piece!

    AFTER

    Upcycled Vintage Dresser Close-up    Upcycled Vintage Dresser

     

    BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

    $55 Six-drawer Vintage Depot dresser

    $18 Supplies (Varnish stripper, drop cloth, sandpaper, putty knife, etc)

    $14 Paint and spray paint

    $8 Four ceramic knobs (Purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off)

    Project total: $95

    Total time: 5.25 hours (plus drying)

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    Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer with a penchant for great interior design. She’s a sucker for big bargains and anything turquoise. Follow her on Pinterest to see her latest DIY inspirations.   

     

  • ANNOUNCING: FREE COMMUNITY YARD SALE, SEPTEMBER 7

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    Summer is quickly coming to an end. Instead of feeling wistful, we are planning a community-wide gathering! Join us as we host our first Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 7 from 10am – 4pm.

    You know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is the inspiration behind our fun, family-oriented community event. Think of it as a giant garage sale – who knows what treasures you’ll find.

    Besides providing an opportunity to turn your unwanted stuff into cash, the event will feature food and beverage, entertainment, a DIY/Upcycling Station (inspired by our collections on Pinterest), games and other fun surprises. It’s also a great opportunity to meet more members of your community.

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    DETAILS

     

    WHO: Everyone

    WHAT: Vintage Depot Community Yard Sale

    WHEN: Saturday, September 7 | 10am – 4pm

    WHERE: Vintage Depot, 2905 E High Street


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    GET INVOLVED

    Interested in setting up a table at the sale (it’s FREE!)? Or, want to provide an hour’s worth of entertainment at the event? Register to sell by 4pm on September 6. You can do this one of two ways:

     

    1. Print & complete the Application & Waiver Form (must bring in to the store)
    2. Or, Register Online

     

    We just ask that you help promote the Yard Sale by printing & distributing these flyers.

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    HELPFUL TIPS

    The experts at Vintage Depot offer these tips to help you have a successful yard sale:

    • 1) Prepare early. Start rounding up your trash (er, treasure) several days in advance.
    • 2) Be an early riser – set up 2 hours before the sale.
    • 3) Invest in tables – people do not like to bend down.
    • 4) Group items logically – e.g., kitchenware, sporting equipment.
    • 5) Price items right – 1/3 or less of the original cost is a good starting point.
    • 6) Make your sale items attractive – wipe them off for a fresh, clean look.
    • 7) Selling for an organization? Set up signage, let people know how to reach you post-event.
    • 8) Have fun!

    Help us promote the sale by joining the event on Facebook and inviting your friends and family.

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