New Downtown shop is mix of past, present
Where: 916 Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
On the Web: vintageredeemed.com
Longtime friends Staci DeRenne and Nancy Lopez home-schooled their children together. Now they’re collaborating on a new business.
Their Vintage Redeemed home décor, collectibles and furniture store opens July 4 in Downtown Auburn. The grand opening will be July 6.
DeRenne and Lopez enjoy browsing through garage and estate sales and are avid collectors and furniture restorers. They’ve also done some selling, but on a smaller scale.
“I had a booth at an antiques store in Lincoln and did sales every year at my home,” DeRenne said.
The venture was something they’d discussed for a while. Then when they found the Lincoln Way location, it was just the nudge they needed, Lopez said.
“I wanted to (open a store) for years,” DeRenne said. “Then I saw this empty building and those (display) windows.”
With their husbands’ help, they gave the space a makeover, ripping out carpeting and then repainting. Once the carpeting was out of the way, the retro flooring was a good fit for the overall look of the shop, they said. DeRenne’s daughter Shayla, is also part of the team.
DeRenne and Lopez have set up their merchandise in the center of the store and in the display windows. The sides are divided into spaces for eight other vendors.
The selection is a mix of old and new. There are vintage pieces and refurbished furniture. But there are also candles, jewelry and eventually they’re adding greeting cards and wrapping paper.
Among the items are lamps, dishes, glassware, baskets and even an old-fashioned Remington typewriter.
“We have (a vendor) who makes children’s clothes out of natural fabrics,” Lopez said.
Another vendor specializes in repurposed crystal and glassware.
Auburn resident Sheri Youngquest, who has signed on as a vendor, was putting items on display Monday.
“I met Staci through another shop she was a part of in Lincoln,” Youngquest said. “When I heard she was opening a store (in Downtown), (I liked the idea because) it seemed like Auburn already is established as an antiques shopping destination.”
Youngquest’s selection includes special finds and items from family.
“(Working in vintage goods) is the thrill of the hunt and the thrill of the sale,” she said.
An important part of collecting vintage items is being able to recognize the possibilities.
“Some of it is so ugly when we get it and we just overlook that,” DeRenne said. “We take a brush and a coat of paint and (give it new life).”
DeRenne began rehabbing furniture when she was a new mom, “because I couldn’t afford new,” she said. “Friends said I should do it as a business.”
Lopez and DeRenne enjoy searching for treasures throughout the region. But it was a trip to Paris that really inspired them.
“We went to the flea markets and that was really a boost and made us want to have a store,” Lopez said.
They envision the shop as a weekly market.
“Every week we’ll be shopping for new things and keeping the store fresh and current,” DeRenne said. “It’s not just stuff we go and buy, we have to look for it.”
One of their goals is to support women’s art and handcrafts. The inventory already includes some driftwood signs and stamped spoons.
“These are things that fit with the store’s theme,” DeRenne said.
They also want it to be a go-to place for gifts.
The grand opening will include food, beverages and a drawing for a basket of items donated by the vendors.
“We’ll have a vintage trailer in the (Fourth of July) parade and hope to have it parked here,” DeRenne said.
Future plans include offering classes in furniture rehabbing.