Some of my earliest childhood memories are the insides of antiques shops. I really have grown up with it, I guess. Garages too (aren’t junk yards just the antiques shops of motor-heads?)
Everything old. Everything rusty, dusty, and buried. Hidden treasures, things to be refurbished, and things to leave as-is for that wonderful “old timey” feeling.
My family decorates with antiques and hand-me-downs or, I like to say, “heirlooms”. It’s a big time personality thing. I love Ikea, I do, I do, I do, but mostly, when I look around my humble abode, I want my eyes to rest on things that have history and say something about my personality. Things that tell a story (okay, maybe that’s the illustrator in me). Things that educate (how many things I have that no longer have a use or function in 21st century life that I can teach my wee one about!)
The coolest thing about the vintage lifestyle is that there is absolutely no need for it to be an elitist one. Unique finds and repurposed goods become the loveliest and most telling home decor, without breaking the bank.
As I said, I grew up in it. I grew up surrounded by these ghosts of the past, and I would imagine I was there. Wherever there may be. These material goods had the power to transport a young girl to other eras and build an interest in history. So, now I see my daughter doing the same thing. Most recently at the coolest hidden gem in Lancaster County,Black Kat Kollectibles. She’s imagining her own world there, just like I used to many moons ago in similar shops.
In case you don’t know, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, well, most of the Central PA region, is highly renowned for it’s “antiquing” accessibility. People travel quite a distance to shop here. There’s a lot of other wonderful reasons to visit Lancaster County, but I’ll leave that to another website.
Black Kat Kollectibles is a mecca for the rockabilly-inspired shopper. Owned and operated by Rose and AJ Nutter, the shop is a breath of fresh air, being operated by the new generation of “antiquers” and “pickers.” It’s very cool to see that other “young folks” are interested, and it’s even cooler to see a shop dedicated to the “scene” as it were.
In her words: The best part about being a vintage shop owner is sharing vintage with others. It’s not about the money, or even about the thing someone is buying. It’s about the history and culture it once brought to our world. It’s also about the joy and happiness it brings someone. Best job on the planet.
From their website:
Black Kat Kollectibles carries various vintage and retro items with rockabilly and midcentury modern influences. When you visit, expect to see vintage books, retro kitchen items, vinyl records, glassware, vintage Halloween/Christmas, tin signs, 1950’s-60’s barware, vintage men and women’s clothing/shoes/accessories, pyrex, kitschy collectibles, vintage toys, ephemera, artwork and much more.
Unique vintage finds comes from all over the East coast, handpicked by the owner.
The shop is also a co-operative so there are a large variety of items available from different vintage dealers.
We at Grease and Grace proudly have our handmade retro-inspired art at Black Kat Kollectibles. We really encourage you to check out BKK. If you are local to the area, you may have missed it in your normal hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s well worth the trip.
And if you’re not local, then even more reason to plan a trip and head in. It’s gorgeous out here, and there’s hidden treasures right under your nose.
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