With each and every inch of its slender aisles packed with milk glass, Victorian dolls and embroidered doilies, a new keep along West Seventh Avenue in Tarentum is a picker’s aspiration.
The frog-shaped cookie jar and the Hummel collectible figurines, like most of the items at The Classic Owl, appear with a story of times long gone by, proprietor Deanne Bechtel mentioned.
“I’ve usually had a enjoy for classic, from furniture to glassware to shots,” mentioned Bechtel, of New Castle. “My dwelling space is totally from the 1970s. It’s like going back again in time.”
Her passion for purchasing knickknacks, aged-timey cookie jars and rolling pins — amid a lot of other collectibles – arrived to a head when she ran out of room to retail store treasures at house.
“I have an Etsy retail outlet and my spouse sells on eBay. But we experienced loads of matters in our household,” Bechtel explained. “A brick-and-mortar retail outlet seemed like the upcoming sensible phase.”
Working a comprehensive-time company position at U.S. Steel didn’t depart several hours to head a retail outlet, but Bechtel’s mother, Tarentum resident Rita Jackson, was willing.
The room at the corner of West Seventh Avenue and Centre Avenue, previously house to the related Secondhand Treasures, went up for lease.
“We went for it,” Bechtel explained.
The Vintage Owl, named for Bechtel’s admiration of the bird’s wisdom and toughness, opened March 1.
Councilwoman Carrie Fox paid out a go to to the retail store final 7 days and explained it’s a fantastic in good shape for the business corridor.
“I like it!” Fox said. “It’s so good to see this on West Seventh. I assume they have a vibrant potential.”
Clients have presented the new operator a welcoming reception, reported Jackson, Bechtel’s mom.
Term of mouth has drawn numerous consumers curious to look through the century-aged parlor lamps, the porcelain Easter eggs and the pottery pie plates.
Objects are priced to go, Jackson reported.
A refinished end table charge $15. A real mink and beaver coat is tagged at $300.
“We want men and women to be capable to arrive in a acquire a thing good,” Jackson reported. “Not everybody has beaucoup dollars to devote.”
A self-proclaimed picker, Jackson promised there’s a little something for every person at her daughter’s keep.
Bechtel, in spite of an attachment to practically every single piece, has a unique affinity for the eco-friendly uranium glassware stored in 1 of the showcases.
“That’s my beloved,” she claimed. “You put a flashlight on it and it glows.”