The Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show is just a few weeks away! We are having a blast planning our special 10th anniversary show happening on May 6 & 7, at the Paso Robles Event Center! Tickets are on sale now at ThreeSpeckledHens.com. To thank all of our fans for their wonderful support, we will be holding weekly giveaways on our Facebook page leading up to the spring show. There is also still time to enter our 10th Anniversary Spring Sweepstakes for your chance to win Early Bird tickets and a two-night stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Black Oak. Head to the contest tab on our Facebook page to enter by April 20th.
Our spring show will be our biggest show yet, featuring over 150 dealers! Be sure to check out our List of Dealers to see who will be joining us next month! To help you get acquainted with some of our fabulous dealers, we continue to highlight select dealers leading up to the show. This week, we sat down with Connie Cetti, owner of The Green Vase, to hear about her journey into the world of antiques!
When did you realize you had a knack for creating unique pieces?
My love for creating things began at a very young age. Growing up, I never knew a time when I wasn’t making something. In high school, I had a knack and love for sewing. My friend and I began to silk screen sun images on burlap purses that we made then sold them to the other students. Around that time, I was also very proud of a daisy broach I made from enamel and sold to May Co. Department store. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the resources at the time to fill a bulk order, but the experience inspired me to study art in college.
Did anyone inspire your creativity?
My whole family was constantly drawing, painting, plastering, sculpting, sewing and even making jewelry as I grew up. My mother definitely inspired me the most. She designed holiday cards for Marston’s Department Store in San Diego. Also, growing up in Seal Beach, I remember watching Bob Dylan and Joan Baez perform at our local coffee houses. It was the ultimate Bohemian climate and living in the center of it completely inspired me.
Does your family join in on the fun?
Well, my husband Gary was already an artist when I met him at Long Beach State University, so we naturally clicked. After we were married, we built a pottery business together—he made the pieces and I painted them. We sold these at Renaissance fairs for years. Our two kids have continued with the tradition, and both have won art scholarships to their respective colleges.
What was one of your most memorable projects?
I used to create sets and costumes for my kids’ elementary school plays. A small amusement park designer loved my work and hired me to design and paint structures for miniature golf courses. I had a blast! I got to manage the construction and design elements of the entire project and paint the structures as well.
What inspired you to open a storefront?
As much as I loved painting, it became too tolling for me physically, so I transformed my passion into my store, The Green Vase. The store resides in a historic 1886 house in the quaint Village of Arroyo Grande, and the surrounding neighborhood has a Victorian feel that adds to the charm of the store. Inside the house, you will see a bit of everything I love, from antiques to vintage clothing, linens, textiles, repurposed items, furniture, metals, paintings, vintage jewelry and more.
What do you love most about The Green Vase?
I like to find unique pieces and style arrangements throughout the store. When customers stop to comment, it makes me smile. I get the greatest satisfaction from finding and creating new pieces, displaying them and watching my customers discover these treasures.
Be sure to visit Connie on May 6 & 7, at our Antiques & Old Stuff Show! Get a sneak peek of the treasures at The Green Vase by following them on Facebook and visiting their website. Stop by Connie’s booth at spot #127 for more great pieces!