My husband and I decided to stop in Galena, Illinois on the way home from our annual Minnesota camping trip. If you haven’t been to Galena before, it’s a beautifully historic city with an architecturally stunning downtown that features restaurants, specialty shops, and antique shops galore. Although I usually stick to estate sales and thrift shops, one antique shop caught my eye. Piles on piles of vintage items stared at me through the window—now that’s my kind of place!
I could tell the owner was a life-long collector with an affinity for vintage cameras. I can relate. But I was looking for something more unique, and more within my budget. I’d know it when I saw it.
An overflowing pile of color caught my eye—a box of vintage unused labels in pristine condition. The digging began. I ended up selecting four liquor labels for their delicate design, unique typography, stunning colors and gold sheen.
Now, it’s about time I put them to good use. I’m thinking of framing and hanging them on our wall so we can enjoy their typographic beauty everyday. But I’m still open to suggestions—what would you do with them?
Stopping at local vintage shops is one of our favorite parts of traveling. After finding ScreenDoor on Yelp (one of my favorite apps ever) and reading reviews of how unique it was, I knew we had to check it out. As we approached the giant warehouse-barn—tucked off the beaten path with a ton of stuff in the front yard—I knew we had stumbled upon a vintage lover’s gem.
I’m not sure exactly how to describe this picker’s place of wonder, but it wasn’t your typical hanky-sellin’ flea market. It housed a wealth of mid-century modern furniture, industrial items, architectural salvage, and many one-of-a-kind pieces (along with some antiques and shabby chic to appeal to all). Not only did they have amazing items, the place itself was stunning—the building structure, the lighting coming through the glass windows… Two hours later we walked out with an industrial slide file box and a ton of inspiration.
Next time you’re in the area, stop by and let us know what you think!
“Established in 1999, ScreenDoor offers 25,000 square feet of unique home and garden accessories from more than 100 vendors. There is always an exciting selection of architectural, antique, mid-century modern, industrial and country furnishings to reflect your personal style.”
featured spaces: photos 1–3, frances domingues found design