Rummage, a new vintage furniture business has opened its doors in downtown Milford, located within the Riverside Antiques Mall at 34 N Walnut St. Owner Debbie Hitchens and vendors Brenda Carr and Debbie Wyatt have been busy repurposing antique furniture that is now on display and for sale.Taking a shared hobby and turning it into a business, Hitchens hopes to share her unique take on vintage furniture with the Milford community.
Hitchens was familiar with Riverside Antiques Mall as her husband had commissioned antiques through the business before. Asked by the owners of the antique store to help with their display windows, Hitchens decided that she wanted to share her talents by opening a business that could highlight her pieces as well as vintage work from other vendors.
“I just have a love for everything that is vintage,” commented Hitchens. “Whether it is rusty or chipped, everything has a history behind it. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Vendor Brenda Carr has been collecting and repurposing furniture and accessories for several years. Locating her creations as local thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales, Carr enjoys taking furniture from decades past and working with them until they evolve into something new. Her favorite piece is an old chandelier that she turned into a cupcake stand.
“Vintage gives you the fondness of the past to remember,” commented Carr. “You’re taking an old piece and turning it into something new. You look at something and do something with it that it was not originally used for. It allows you to challenge yourself to think outside the box.”
Rummage will offer antiques, refinished vintage pieces of furniture, unique home accessories and garden decor as the expect new pieces to move in and out of the showroom on a consistent basis. Hitchens believes that the vintage store will add to the draw of the downtown area and encourage individuals to take a look at furniture and accessories that they have around their own home in a different light.
“We would love to see downtown Milford grow and hope to bring more foot traffic to Walnut Street,” said Hitchens. “We want people to start thinking what they can do with what they have around the house, and repurpose it for new use.”
The store will be open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. For more information on Rummage, individuals are encouraged to find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vintagegirlor or call Debbie Hitchens directly at 302-270-0054.
“We invite everyone to come take a look at our pieces, they might see something that they never knew they liked,” said Hitchens. “We will have new pieces all of the time, as soon as something sells, something else new will come in.”