Announcement Vintage goods from the Midwest. Recess Thyme is the on-line division of a brick-and-mortar shop, -ish, located in Graysville, IN that will be opening this fall.
Vintage goods from the Midwest. Recess Thyme is the on-line division of a brick-and-mortar shop, -ish, located in Graysville, IN that will be opening this fall.
Melissa Powell on Apr 22, 2016
Love this so much so happy to have it. Excellent seller fast delivery
Recess: a temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
I grew up with antique-loving parents who dragged my brother and me from antique shop to antique shop looking for treasures. (With our hands behind our backs--we couldn't touch anything.) My mother was an entrepreneur pizza-shop owner who was always creating something with her hands when she wasn't making pizzas. (We did a lot of crosstitching in the '80's). Through her handiwork and that of my grandmother's, I learned the pleasure and value of creating things myself.
My parents greatly influenced me. When it was my turn to decorate my house, I didn't want to go to the big box stores and buy what every other person in my neighborhood used to decorate. I wanted eclectic, old, and whimsical, and with two young daughters and several big dogs, preferred chippy paint and lots of character, because in my house nothing was going to stay perfect, and I wanted us to live without fear of damaging anything. Out of necessity due to my measly budget, I sought tag sales, thrift shops, and auctions to find things to feather my own nest.
Over the years, I discovered that I had a good eye for finding and buying interesting things, and then decorating with them, so my house eventually overflowed with treasures. I needed an outlet, and admittedly an excuse, to continue my passion for finding good vintage treasures. From the beginning, I have made the point to only buy what I absolutely love and can live with if an item doesn't sell. (Causing a little sadness when some of my favorite items do sell.) I won't buy something just to make a buck; it has to speak to me. Some may say that this isn't good business, but it's my way of business.
I also discovered that I can't bear to throw away any little torn vintage piece of paper, fabric, broken jewelry, worn photographs, stained hand embroidery, ad infinitum. I love to repurpose what other people consider ruined or useless items into jewelry, aprons, wallhangings, purses, whatever I'm feeling like making at the time. I'm blessed to have found my art teacher boyfriend who shares my passion for vintage and is appreciative of my stockpile of broken curiosities (and our vintage stuff intermingles so perfectly!) Together we enjoy the search for great finds. He supports me with my Etsy shop by occasionally helping me with photography and shipping and tolerating the amount of garage space that I've taken over. I run the Etsy shop, listing items, writing descriptions, and communicating with customers.
We dream about owning a brick and mortar antique shop (well, antique/garden/book/art/coffee/winery/bakery shop). With both of us having daughters in college, we're not yet ready to take the plunge. My daughter discovered Etsy and thought it would be the perfect fit for a shop, and it is! We love finding new homes for treasures that we gather or create here in our little south central Indiana town, and we enjoy meeting the people all over the world who appreciate them.
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I love to scour flea markets, tag sales, and auctions for fun, vintage, eclectic pieces to decorate my house and to share with others. I see beauty in torn, chipped, broken, time-worn pieces. They bring character and richness to my home and yours.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards