Can you believe our spring show is just over a week away?! We three hens have been bustling to bring you our best show yet! We will have over 100 dealers onsite throughout the weekend showcasing their greatest finds.
This spring, for the first time, you can experience live broom making demonstrations by the Corny Broom Company. You will even have the opportunity to plant your own succulent garden in vintage containers courtesy of WM Design House/She Shed!
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you can do so online here. Tickets will also be available at the gate on April 30 and May 1. One lucky fan could even win a pair of tickets on our Facebook page!
For our fourth and final installment of our Dealer Spotlight series this season, we would like to introduce you to Ely Panos. Ely shares his antiquing past and explains how his shop, Village Vintage, keeps it all in the family.
How did you get introduced to the world of antiques?
My parents were antiques dealers and collectors. Most weekends and family vacations consisted of visits to antiques stores. To keep me occupied, my parents would ask me to look for certain items. They would say, "find all the tin toys," or ask me to point out all of the Fire-King glassware. Now as an adult, I realized that I was getting an education in antiques the entire time.
Is that what inspired you to open your own antiques business?
I never thought I would have the opportunity to own my own store, let alone in the city I grew up. After college, I was eager to move back to the Central Coast. Once back, I started picking and collecting again with my mom. After buying and selling locally, I realized I wanted to make this a career. I did my first Three Speckled Hens show in 2012 and opened my shop later that year.
Tell us about your shop.
Village Vintage is located in the Village of Arroyo Grande and offers a mixture of vintage clothing and accessories, vinyl records, home décor, vintage advertisements and other unique finds from trendy retro to antique.
We hear the shop is a family affair. Tell us more.
Village Vintage is definitely a family-run store. We are all involved. My mom helps find the treasures, my stepdad helps fix them and my sister helps run the shop.
Where do you find the pieces that are featured in your store?
We hand-select each and every piece we sell. Most of our picking happens on the Central Coast, but I do try to get out of town a few times a month. We are constantly changing the store with new merchandise for each season.
Do you have any personal collections?
Of course! Some of the things I collect include vintage clothing and baseball jerseys, vinyl records, vintage skateboards and advertising signs.
What do you love most about owning your own antiques shop?
One of the best things about owning my own store is all of the opportunities it has created for me. I get to do antiques shows, like the Three Speckled Hens, and smaller pop-ups with local businesses. I get to style and collaborate on photo shoots and also host events at our shop showcasing local artisans.
Village Vintage is located at 101 W. Branch Street, Suite A, in Arroyo Grande and is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-6pm with extended hours during the summer. You can also follow Ely and Village Vintage on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to stop by their booth at the spring show to see their latest finds!