Vintage goods

Sullivan, Indiana · 338 Sales


Vintage goods

Sullivan, Indiana 338 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Shop owner

April Cox


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.


Last updated on Jun 1, 2016

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.

April Cox

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April Cox


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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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  • April Benda

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Dreamer, Gatherer, Creator

    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.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 1, 2016
Vintage fabric, rusty metal, and old wood make me weak in the knees. What you will find in my shop are items I've discovered at tag sales, thrift shops, flea markets, and auctions during my recess time, the sanity time I get to play around at home when I'm not teaching Language Arts to 5th through 8th graders. Thanks so much for visiting my store!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Paypal and credit cards through my Etsy shop.
I ship all items through USPS and try my best to get items mailed out within 2 days after payment is received from paypal. I will ship internationally. Please contact me before checking out so that I can get the correct shipping cost to you. (I'm old-fashioned. I get a kick out of selling something of mine to another country from little ol' Graysville, IN!)
Refunds and Exchanges
I do my best to describe and photograph what I sell. If you receive an item and are not satisfied with it because you feel that I misrepresented it, you are welcome to a refund of the purchase price minus the shipping costs once I receive the item back. The cost of shipping the item back to me is the responsibility of the buyer.