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  • UPCYCLED: CANDLES FROM
    VINTAGE TEACUPS

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    In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn vintage teacups into clean-burning soy candles. This is a super-easy DIY project for a rainy day, and the candles are a crafty touch to your home or a thoughtful birthday gift or wedding shower favor. Check out our inspiration from Pinterest:

    Pinterest Teacup Candles

     

    UPCYCLED: Vintage Teacups

     

    What You’ll Need: Vintage teacups (the white set with saucers were $10 at Vintage Depot; the smaller, clear set $6 at A Gal Named Cinda Lou); ArtMinds candle wicks ($3); wax (we chose ArtMinds soy wax and splurged on the 4-pound bag for just $20, although we only used half of it); pot (for boiling water); bowl (for holding and melting the wax); pens and pencils (to hold the wick up when you pour the wax).

     

    Instructions

    1) Gather all of your supplies.

    ArtMinds Candle Wicks and Soy Wax  Porcelain Vintage Teacups and Saucers from Vintage Depot  Vintage Glass Teacups

    2) Fill your pot about halfway with hot water and bring it to a boil. Gently set your melting bowl atop and regulate the temperature so that the boiling water does not overflow (about medium-high heat). Then, simply melt your wax! Two things to note: 1) No need to stir the wax – just let it sit until all melted (about 10 minutes); 2) Be liberal with how much wax you melt – it melts down to a fairly small quantity. To make 7 candles, we used about half of the un-melted 4-pound bag of wax.

    Melt ArtMinds Soy Wax  Melt ArtMinds Soy Wax

    3) While the wax is melting, place the wick in the center of your vintage teacup. Brace it on either side with a writing utensil – this keeps the delicate wick in place as you pour the wax in the next step.

    Place the ArtMinds Candle Wick  Place the ArtMinds Candle Wick

    4) Very carefully and slowly (so as not to nudge that wick!), pour the hot wax into the teacups. Tip: transfer the melted wax from the melting bowl into a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout.

    Pour ArtMinds Soy Wax into Vintage Teacups

    5) After the wax has fully set (approximately 3-4 hours at room temperature, though transferring to the refrigerator would speed that up considerably), be sure to trim down your wicks. The wick should not stand any taller than the top of the teacups.

    Trim the Candle Wick

    6) Ta da! Enjoy your beautiful new (um, “old”) vintage teacup candles!

    After: 

    Upcycled Vintage Teacup Candles

     

    TOTAL INVESTMENT: $29.00 ($16.50 for the white set; $12.50 for the glass set)

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    Get inspired with us on Pinterest!

     

  • MEET THE STAFF: CHRIS

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    In our regular series we’re going to introduce you another vital member of our staff, Ron’s son-in-law Chris.

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing? My father in-law, Ron. I started to going to auctions with him and helping him set up at flea markets and I got interested in it. I thought it was a neat way to make extra money.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop? I just help set up and get things organized for the girls.

    What are your hobbies? I like going to auctions to see the neat and interesting stuff. And they’re always different. I like watching baseball and college football.

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be? I don’t know. Probably at home doing nothing. Waiting for the next auction I guess.

    What is the coolest thing at the shop? Old farm machinery that we have. It’s just the way they did things back then.

    What one item would you like to see at the shop? Probably more industrial stuff: table, chairs, light fixtures. Because more people are interested into that stuff.

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? I don’t know. I have no idea. I guess spend some of it. I can’t even think what I would spend on it first. I don’t have it in my hand. I’d pay the mortgage off. That would be the biggest thing.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I probably stay in the US. I’d go to Alaska to see what it’s like. See if it’s anything like it is on TV. The other countries just don’t interest me.

    What’s your favorite TV show? Ax-Men. It’s just people outside working.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron?  (laughs out loud) I don’t know about that. I don’t know. I guess everyday is different with him. He’s just…what he says and what he does is different everyday.

  • MEET THE STAFF: MADDY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Maddy's Moment, Meet the Staff

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    Our third post to meet the staff will introduce you to Ron’s great-granddaughter: Maddy. She loves helping out in Springfield’s best antique store in her spare time.

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing?
    When I was about two years old my grandma took me to flea markets. I started selling my own stuff when I was like seven year old.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop?
    To dance around and entertain the costumers and staff. It usually drives my aunt crazy (:

    What are your hobbies?
    Dancing and singing and telling knock knock jokes (:

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be?
    At my dance studio / my home (: I’m there 24/7! Its like I live there!!

    What is your favorite item at the shop?
    These really cool vintage roller skates!! I put them on and skate around all the time!!

    What one item would you like to see at the shop?
    I’d like to see some really cool pointe shoe or some leotard from like the first Nutcracker or something from Broadway. That’d be REALLY cool!!!

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
    I would take A LOT of dance classes and take my whole family to New York to watch Broadway shows!!!

    What’s your favorite TV show?
    Glee. The dancers and singers are amazing.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron?
    All the time when we’re at the store he goes outside and calls and pretends to be a costumer. One time he called and asked if we have lawnmowers and I ran outside to ask him and he was just sitting there laughing.

  • 5 TIPS FOR RETRO DECORATING

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: For the Home

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    When it comes to home decor, retro is the new black! We wanted to share 5 tips for retro decorating, using some of our favorite antique items and vintage collectibles from the shop.

     

    1) Select a theme.

    The first order of business is to decide on what theme or era you would like to channel. Fun and popular ideas include the 50’s, the mod look of the 60’s, or the bohemiam 70’s. Once you land on an idea, try to be as consistent as possible and keep to that particular time period.

    Vintage 1950's Hanging Lamp

     

    2) Make a focal point.

    You’ll want to create a focal point to draw people’s eyes as soon as they enter the room. This should be a large or bold piece from your selected theme, such as a couch, trunk, shelving unit, etc. We love this 1950’s Ethan Allen by Baumritter eight-piece dining room set, especially since most household memories are created around the dining table.

    1950's Ethan Allen by Baumritter Table

     

    3) Embrace prints and patterns.

    Yes, some retro prints and patterns can be a bit scary, especially if not used in moderation. To manage your use of prints and patterns, break them up with neutral solids in both your furniture and accent pieces.

     

    4) Mix the old with new.

    Trying to decorate an entire room strictly from a specific era can be tricky, so we suggest mixing the old with new. For example, showcase a vintage bottle collection on a modern shelving unit.

    Vintage Bottle Collection

     

    5) Show off a statement piece.

    Similar to the idea of a focal point, your room should feature a retro statement piece that reinforces your theme and serves as a conversation starter. This statement piece doesn’t need to be large or over-sized – just interesting. We love these vintage 1950’s fans!

    Vintage 1950's Fans

     

    What tips do you have from your personal experience? What are your favorite vintage items to decorate with?

     

  • UPCYCLED: VINTAGE MIRROR

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    In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn a vintage mirror into a chalkboard. This is a super-easy craft that you can even do with children or as a quick wedding or baby shower gift. The end result is an impressive and charming upcycled vintage mirror turned chalkboard that you can use in any room of your home. We plan to keep it in the kitchen as a fun menu board!

     

    UPCYCLED: Vintage Mirror

    Before:

    Round Red 15" MIrror

    What You’ll Need: Vintage mirror (we found this one for just $3); chalk ($1); painter’s tape ($2); Krylon Chalkboard spray paint ($7.99 from Hobby Lobby); Valspar Crackle spray paint ($6.99 from Hobby Lobby); plastic bags and newspaper.

    Upcycled Vintage Mirror Supplies

    Instructions

    1) Wipe down the surface of the mirror well and apply the painter’s tape around the edges of the wooden frame.

    Painter's Tape Applied Before Painting Vintage Mirror

    2) Wrap the wooden edges of the frame in plastic bags, securing with the loose edges of painter’s tape. Lay down atop old newspapers in an open area outside.

    Vintage Mirror Ready for Chalkboard Paint

    3) As directed on can of chalkboard paint, apply several even coats to the mirror’s surface. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing plastic bags and painter’s tape from wooden mirror frame.

    Apply Chalboard Paint to Vintage Mirror Surface     Apply Chalboard Paint to Vintage Mirror Surface

    4) Now apply painter’s tape and plastic bags to interior of vintage mirror, completely covering the newly chalkboard painted portion.

    Apply Crackle Paint to Frame of Vintage Mirror

    5) According to directions on can of crackle spray paint, apply several even coats to frame of vintage mirror, allowing 10-15 minutes of dry time between coats. The more coats you apply, the larger of a crackle pattern you will see. We decided to keep ours pretty minimal.

    Apply Crackle Spray Paint to Vintage Mirror Frame     Apply Crackle Spray Paint to Vintage Mirror Frame

    6) After frame has completely dried, carefully remove painter’s tape and plastic bags from chalkboard. Voila! You now have an adorable kitchen chalkboard!

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    Vintage Mirror Turned Chalkboard   Vintage Mirror Turned Chalkboard

     

    TOTAL INVESTMENT: $21.00

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    Get inspired with us on Pinterest!

     

  • MEET THE STAFF : TRACI

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    In a regular series on our blog we’re going to introduce you to our staff. With second post, you’ll meet the owner’s oldest daughter: Traci. 

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing? 
    My dad. About twenty years ago I started setting up with him at the Springfield Flea Market. I had two kids on my own and needed the additional income.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop? 
    I manage the finances, pay the bills, cash people out, decorate the shop and make sure it’s clean.

    What are your hobbies? 
    I spend my time with my granddaughter at the Ohio Performing Arts Institute (OPAI) dance studio, where I help out with the costuming for all of the shows, and at the shop.

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be? 
    At OPAI or relaxing at home.

    What is your favorite item at the shop? 
    Right now? A new dress form we just got in. It’s old, stylish, and a blank canvas to dress it up anyway you want.

    What one item would you like to see at the shop? 
    We have such a great mix already that you can find just about anything. I’d say a diamond in the rough. Something worth a lot!

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? 
    Pay off my bills. Buy a house out in the country (that has city water!).

    What’s your favorite TV show? 
    Survivor. You never know what’s going to happen next.

    What is your fondest memory of Ron? 
    Spending the week in the farmers field in Kentucky at the 127 Garage Sale.

  • UPCYCLED: ANTIQUE SUITCASE TABLE

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    Upcycling is a huge trend right now, and we’re so excited about its potential! Today, we will take you through a special project, “UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table.” But first, a brief intro to upcycling.

    If you’re not familiar, upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. For example: stretching out a wire clothes hanger and tying strips of cloth around it to make a wreath = upcycling! Simply put, upcycling gives an item a better purpose.

    We love the concept of upcycling because it gives a fresh perspective on antiques and vintage collectibles. Some people tend to think of antiques as outdated items whose purpose has been exhausted. But, as the saying goes: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Through a regular “UPCYCLED” feature here on our blog, we hope to provide inspirational new uses for old(er) items.

    UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table

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    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

     What You’ll Need: Waddell straight top plate hardware (4 x $2.98/apiece); Waddell 8″ tapered table legs (4 x $2.89/apiece); Vintage suitcase; Spray paint or stain for the legs ($0.97); Power drill; Measuring tape.

    Instructions

    •      1) Paint the table legs.
    •      2) Turn the suitcase upside down, measure and mark out the four areas to place the hardware.
    •      3) Fire up the power drill and screw in the hardware.
    •      4) Screw in the legs.

     

    After:

    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

    TOTAL INVESTMENT (aside from suitcase): $24.45

    What we love about this table – aside from its vintage charm – is that you get bonus storage for books, coasters & more by using the inside of the suitcase!

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    More fun upcycling resources:

     

  • MEET THE STAFF : RON

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    In a regular series on our blog we’re going to introduce you to our staff. With our first post, it’s only fitting we introduce you to Ron Stephenson, the owner of Vintage Depot and patriarch of the family. 

    How did you first get introduced into antiquing?
    I’d say it runs in the family. My grandfather used to buy and trade cars and houses and farms and stuff. I started going to auctions and flea markets about 40 years ago. I set up a booth at the Springfield Flea Market and for 35 years I’ve had the same booth outside the Arts & Crafts Building.

    What is your day-to-day role at the shop?
    Owner. I find the merchandise, clean it, repair it, price it, and help customers.

    What are your hobbies?
    I guess it would be flea markets and auctions and stuff. I enjoy meeting new and different people, talking to them, and learning about other merchandise.

    If you weren’t at the shop on the weekend, where would you be?
    I don’t know. Probably layin’ around.

    What is your favorite item at the shop?
    All of it. But I guess it would be the old tools because they don’t make it like that anymore. Nothing’s made in America anymore. All the new tools are cheaply made and stuff.

    What one item would you like to see at the shop?
    More furniture. Any kind really. We sell every piece of furniture we get. Dressers and stuff like that.

    If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
    Probably take a trip around the United States. There’s a lot of stuff to see that I haven’t seen yet. And buy a place on the beach in Florida.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Probably stay in the United States, I’d go up to New England in the fall when all the trees turn. It’s pretty up there. Or I’d probably go back down to Hollywood Beach because of the boardwalk and water taxis that take you up to Fort Lauderdale and tell you about all the big houses and who owns them. Or probably Jackson Hole. It’s is a town in Wyoming and it’s pretty up there. It’s a cowboy town. You get off the plane in the airport and walk down the steps and you don’t have to go through any metal detectors.

    What’s your favorite TV show?
    Probably WWE. I like wrastlin’. I’ve been watching since my brother and I were kids.

    What is your fondest memory of the family?
    I don’t know. Too hard too chose just because there are so many of them. Probably all the kids being born.