A very vintage Christmas: Velvet’s Vintage

You will always find something special at Velvet’s Vintage.

The little Cleveland, Georgia shop seems to grow when you enter its screen door, with every corner adorably styled and stuffed with vintage and hand-made treasures.

It is somehow both vintage and current at once. Recently, I was on a search for cotton boll stems, which are apparently so trendy right now they sell out quickly at craft supply shops. Velvet had a big bouquet of them.

They were in my favorite room at Velvet’s- the kitchen-y room. That’s not its official name, I’m sure, but it is full of kitchen-y things like vintage cook books, egg baskets and muffin tins. And an abundance of cotton boll stems, which I used to make this wreath:

Velvet Walker owns the shop along with her husband Craig.

When they’re out at antique shows, including Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, the Country Living Fairs and the Nashville Flea Market in Nashville, Tenn., among others, employees Jenny Myers and Louie Slowey-King man the shop. Velvet said both are essential to the day-to-day operations of the shop, and each has space in the shop to sell their goods, “both gathered and created.”

Jenny creates fanciful vignettes like the gumball machine pictured below, which includes a vintage cellulose reindeer. She said she loves to use small vintage items which otherwise might go unnoticed.

Louie creates beautiful things from fabric. One of the rooms, featuring Louie’s work, is full of textiles- hand made aprons, clothes, even tea pot cozies (pictured below. How precious are they?)

I began visiting Velvet’s Vintage soon after the shop opened in its current location in March of 2008. I knew as soon as I first came in the shop that whatever Velvet picked would fit happily with my own aesthetic, and began picking pieces here and there that would bring a homey, lived-in feel to our new house (My husband, Heath, and I married and built our home in 2008.)

Long story short: I have bought a lot of things from Velvet’s Vintage! It is one of my favorite stores.

When I pass by Velvet’s, which is almost daily, since it’s on my way home, I often see Velvet or Craig loading or unloading their box truck, tirelessly working to get carefully selected vintage goods to people near and far!

In January 2017, they will have a booth at the Renningers Antique Extravaganza in Mt. Dora, Florida.

As for their roles in the shop, “Craig and I work daily doing all that comes with running a small business,” Velvet said. “We are the pickers, buyers, sellers, designers, creators, movers, haulers, cleaners, painters, upcyclers, repairers, bookkeepers, managers, janitors and more.”

The pair still finds time to create these beautiful hand-hammered spoon necklaces. Look how pretty! You have to love a Merle Haggard reference. (“Mama Tried”)

“At Velvet’s Vintage, we create our own leather boho styled bags and pouches, hand hammered spoon jewelry with many sayings, upcycled and created clothing, art, upcyclyed and repurposed furniture, home decor and more,” Velvet said.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year to shop at Velvet’s. Where else can you find things like these awesome deer Christmas light covers?

Now through Dec. 23, 2016, Velvet’s Vintage will have a 25% off sale throughout the store!

I know you want to pack up a friend and a thermos of hot cocoa and drive up to the North Georgia mountains to visit Velvet’s.

Here’s how:

Where: Velvet’s Vintage, 2048 Helen Highway, Cleveland, Georgia

Hours: Through Dec. 23; 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday. Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Reopening Jan. 2. Winter hours after January 2 can be iffy depending on weather. Follow Velvet’s Vintage on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date info.

Contact: 706-219-0229 or www.velvetsvintage.com

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