Vintage Menagerie hosts opening at new locale
What: Vintage Menagerie grand opening
Where: 152 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wed., Thursday, Friday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Tuesday
Downtown Grass Valley’s Vintage Menagerie will host the grand opening of its new and expanded location Saturday.
The specialty antique store will move from Neal Street to 152 S. Auburn St.
The store offers vintage and retro furniture, knick-knacks and kitchen appliances, including a pink refrigerator from the 1950s and a 1920s refrigerator that runs on kerosene.
Owner Marcie Beaver finds items from flea markets, estate sales, auctions and word-of-mouth. Her love for all things antique has given her a keen eye for interesting pieces, one of which — an old refrigerator a customer offered her — which serves as a store decoration.
“We had a customer who had a refrigerator passed down from their father,” Beaver said. “The motor was as big as a modern car. It was unbelievable — the outside was all white enamel, and we had to take the motor out it was so heavy.”
The store also carries chalk-style paint by Bobby Bouck, a rare find, she said, as the vintage feel of chalk paint has become a popular trend that is difficult to find.
“It’s made here in the good ol’ U.S.A. and is all the rage for DIY-ers on Pinterest,” Beaver said. “What makes this paint wonderful is there is no prep work. You need one, sometimes two coats, and you can distress it a little bit, put a coat of wax and it seals it.”
During the grand opening, the store’s furniture is going to be 10 percent off, and everything else 15 percent off, Beaver said, with a drawing for free paint and a $50 store gift certificate.
Bouck will attend the grand opening and provide demos, Beaver said.
“We are trying to make it fun. He may even bring his barbecue, and the Gold Rush days will be going on, so it’s a perfect time.”
Beaver has always loved anything vintage or retro. After she decided to remodel her house years ago, she gave away a lot of her collection, which sparked the idea to open a store.
“I was giving stuff away, and one friend said, ‘Why don’t you take this stuff and be a vendor?’ so I did.”
Beaver opened up a vendor spot at Antique Palace on Main Street and met success, she said.
“It just kept growing and growing, and my husband said I needed to find my own place,” Beaver said. “I was bursting at the seams. It was time to get a bigger place.”
The new location has two fireplaces and is set up like a little house, Beaver said, with improved space for all the items.
“I love it,” she said. “I’m blessed and surrounded by things I love.”
To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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