We’re Vintage Depot, a family owned and operated antique store in Springfield, Ohio with an eclectic mix of vintage collectibles.
We’re located at 2905 High Street on Springfield’s east side. Originally built for a Coal & Feed Store that capitalized on the neighboring railroad tracks, the shop opened for business in December 2012. We’re only two miles west of the Clark County Fairgrounds and open every weekend.
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, has attended The French 500 in Gallipolis for a over decade, and attends The 127 Sale – The World’s Longest Yard Sale every year for seven years and counting.
Ron’s philosophy: the family that antiques together stays together. The antique-bug has struck four generations and all provide a helping hand at the shop. On any given day you’ll see them working behind the scenes, stocking inventory, and helping shoppers.
We have an eclectic, vintage product mix that’s stocked weekly and ranges in categories from glassware, cookware, sports memorabilia, vinyl records, toys, books, furniture, tools…basically anything you can think of.
Ever wonder what it’s like to run a family business? We’ll give you the inside scoop.
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?
We have a confession: we. love. cast. iron.
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!
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.
April 2013: We were featured in 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!
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.
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!
November 2013: We participated in Small Business Saturday – the Saturday following Black Friday, which places an emphasis on supporting local businesses.
December 2013: Happy 1st Birthday, Vintage Depot! We had a fantastic turnout for our one-year celebration and finished the year strong.
Address // 2905 E High Street
Springfield, OH 45506
Telephone # // (937) 327-9143
E-Mail // firstname.lastname@example.org