Thrift Shop Vs. Vintage Co-Op

THRIFT SHOP VERSUS VINTAGE Co-OP

by Zan Walker of The Other Side Vintage – Tallahassee, Florida

“Do people just give all of this stuff to you for free?” “Where do you get all of this stuff?” “What kind of store is this?” Questions we hear every day at The Other Side Vintage in Tallahassee, Florida. The answer to all of these questions and more, are what makes us unique. We are a combination of vintage boutique, second hand store, antique shop, thrift shop, estate shop, consignment shop, rental store, music store, gift shop, and so much more. To narrow it down, we like to call it a Vintage Co-Op.

You support over 35 locally owned businesses under one roof. They each have a booth space within the store and this affords us to offer unique, diverse and fun merchandise including furniture, clothing, art, jewelry, home décor, music, kitchenware, gift items, toys, electronics, books, collectibles, and more. Each booth has a variety of items that are curated from their buying trips all over the world with hand-made, upcycled, antique, vintage to trendy, retro and modern pieces. The store is not just booth spaces, we also have a large vintage vinyl record selection, an air-conditioned “pink door gallery” filled with furniture, art, and collectibles, and a wonderful rental program for theatre groups, photographers, films, runways, events and home stagers.

We purchase the majority of our items from our travels, locally from estates, thrifting, and from daily walk-ins at our Railroad Square Art Park location.  And yes, we do accept donations. When accepting donations, we will ask the client what their favorite local charity is, and we will proceed to make a charity contribution to that particular local charity. “Do people just give all of this stuff to you for free?” -NO.  “Where do you get all of this stuff?” -Anywhere and everywhere we can find it.  “What kind of store is this?” – a Vintage Co-Op proudly located in our hometown of Tallahassee, Florida

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Before & After Gypsy & Bassett Chest of Drawers

Check out these before and afters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before & After Palm Beach chest of drawers

One of our “finders” found this chest of drawers that needed some TLC.

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It was a little plain and we envisioned some pretty pink and greens that are the color of the year. We were thinking… beachy fun, coastal bungalow… Palm Beach!

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Originally it was fine but needed a bit of sassing up. We started with sanding and shoring up the drawers with repairing rails and several coats of candle wax to make them glide smoothly. Then it was time for 2 coats of heavy duty clear primer/sealer. After that it was 2 coats of a primer/paint combination of a pinky fun color.

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Now we decided to add a bit of custom made crackle medium before applying 2 coats of a light green.

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After sealing it we realized we wanted a bit more of the pinky fun color to shine through so we hand dry brushed it until we got it to the AHA point that made us smile. We painted the blue handles with a coat of the light green and then with the pinky fun color on top of that.

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And here she is…Palm Beachy chest of drawers. She found a new home and that makes us happy after spending several days with this piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Before & After

We love finding and recreating items. With a few good repairs and lots of layers of custom paint, things that were once considered non usable are now functional and fun again! Like this lovely vintage Florida Industries side table. Stop by and see us at The Other Side Vintage in Tallahassee, Florida or online at Instagram http://www.Instagram/TheOtherSideVintage or http://www.Facebook.com/TheOtherSideVintage or http://www.Twitter.com/VintageinTally

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Before and After

We love before and afters. 

We are still working on replacing the top knobs. We took the photo before replacing them.

Just a few thing we unearthed

We love finding all types of goodies to bring into the store for our customers.

 

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Just a few things we will be adding to the store, Instagram, Ebay and Etsy.

10 Best Places to Shop for Vintage in Tallahassee

The Other Side Vintage in Tallahassee, Florida

“Do you want to browse a vintage shop that sells an antique cupboard from the 1800s, faded high-waisted jeans, clip on earrings, The Stones on vinyl and an old tape recorder all at once? Meet your new favorite store, The Other Side Vintage in Railroad Square. Located inside a huge old warehouse, The Other Side carries anything and everything vintage, and customers rarely leave without a knick-knack in their hand. “[When I shop] at The Other Side I never have anything in mind when I go in. They have a big selection. I have gotten some old Cheech and Chong pins that I couldn’t find anywhere else,” said Tallahassee local Chris Wilson.” from the article linked below by Allison Kridle

 

10 best places to shop for vintage in Tallahassee, Florida