Patina Vintage Goods: New spot, great space, same smiles.
Submitted by: Donna Lind
There are a lot of favorite pieces scattered around our home that are vintage treasures found when I wasn’t looking for them. When I learned that one of my favorite shopping spots for treasures had a new home, I just had to make a visit.
Patina Vintage Goods, located on Franklin Street in the heart of the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City just recently opened in their new space just a few doors down the street from their original location. As soon as you walk in the door, you can tell that Amy and Val are settling comfortably into their new home.
Previously a floral shop, the space has been transformed into a bright, open and airy space. Removing a drop ceiling and taking down a few walls has revealed a beautiful tin ceiling – the perfect backdrop for carefully grouped pieces that create little individual spaces within the larger open area. Val said smiling from behind the counter, “This place is us!” The large windows that face Franklin Street allow plenty of natural light and combined with the warm vintage lamps glowing from nooks and shelves scattered about the room, give a warm, welcoming feel to the place. The back corner holds racks of vintage clothing and is begging for more of my attention. Music from the blues and jazz vinyl records playing on the turntable along one wall sets the mood.
Amy said there is so much yet to do. Patina Vintage Goods had only been open a week when last week’s polar vortex sent everyone hunkering down in their homes, including Amy and Val and their families. Now, though, they are back open and continuing to unpack and uncover more items from the move, looking ahead to the March First Friday, and the promise of spring and summer in the Uptown Arts District. It’s easy to catch Amy’s enthusiasm for the district and her fellow business owners as she talks about the success of the existing shops and the possibilities for new ones to open.
As I paid for my pink pottery and chippy wooden frame and made a mental note to return for a few other pieces calling my name, I read the sign on the back wall behind Amy as she totaled my purchases, “The item you see today and want to think about tonight . . . will be sold later today to the people who saw it yesterday.” There are no truer words for the treasure seeker in me.
You can visit Patina Vintage Goods for yourself at 613 Franklin Street in Michigan City, Indiana. Follow them on facebook, here. Instagram @patinavintagegoods.