It is that time of the year again to feature our Dealer Spotlights! We are excited to begin this series which takes a closer look at some of our favorite dealers that will attend our fall Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show. Join us on September 30 and October 1 at the Paso Robles Event Center for a fantastic 10th Anniversary celebration. Tickets go on sale September 1st, so mark your calendars!
This week, we are venturing to Southern California to spotlight Kelly Mucha, founder and owner for Show Your Age Vintage Finds. Kelly is an antique show master and is sharing how she fell in love with her vintage finds.
When did you first get hooked on antiquing and treasure hunting?
Around nine years ago, my boyfriend took me to the Long Beach Vintage Market and I absolutely fell in love! The thrill of searching for hidden gems and vintage pieces kept me returning to the market every weekend.
How did your passion for antiques turn into opening a store?
At first, we just began collecting and redecorating our home with all our wonderful finds from the vintage market. Pretty soon we had so many different vintage pieces, we decided to start sharing our finds and selling them! We created a store on Etsy in 2015 and began selling from the name Show Your Age Vintage Finds.
What is your favorite kind of antique?
Once I realized antiquing was my passion, I began to take classes to learn how to repurpose and refurbish antique furniture! I love witnessing the transformation of every piece of furniture I work on! My love for these vintage pieces turned into a home décor specialty. I love to repurpose old furniture, garden tools, glassware and much more to sell in my store.
Where did your inspiration for your refurbished treasures come from?
When I was younger, my grandmother used to dabble in interior decorating here and there. Her home was absolutely beautiful. As a child, I was intrigued at the beauty of everything she did. I remember this one time when she wallpapered my bedroom with print sheets and then made curtains and bedding by hand to match—it was gorgeous!
How does Show Your Age Vintage Finds fit into your daily life?
Both my boyfriend and I have full time jobs aside from the antique store. Antiquing is our hobby and passion on the side. One of the most relaxing activities for us is to come home from a long day at work and unwind by working on an antique project. Once I retire, my dream is to spend all my time working on the antique store and continue to travel to various antique markets.
What is your favorite part of attending so many vintage shows?
Aside from the biannual Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show, we visit a couple of shows regularly. Every month, we set up a booth at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place and the Long Beach Antique Market. It’s just too hard to decide our favorite part of these events! The hunt for that perfect vintage find is one of my favorite aspects of antiquing. While visiting the shows, I also love setting up our booth and making it feel like home! The people we meet at these shows are like a second family and we always want them to feel welcome when visiting our booth.
Be part of Kelly’s second family and visit Show Your Age Vintage Finds at booth #257 during the fall Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show! Check out all of her projects on her website and be sure to follow her on Facebook to see what great ideas you can bring into your own home! We can’t wait to see everyone on September 30 and October 1 for the fall show. Keep checking in for more Dealer Spotlights as we count down the days until our 10th Anniversary fall show!