By now it is probably way more than obvious that I
like LOVE old stuff. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old friend, an old movie, an old story, old music, or old junk. I love it! Some of the things other people see as flaws are what makes me love something (or someone!) even more. I don’t really know when I fell in love with old stuff, but I can remember reading about the settlers in early elementary and loving everything about their lives. And, you know I believe I also had a tendency to elbow people out of the way so I could play The Oregon Trail in Mrs. Jackson’s room a time or two! LOL!
I remember wondering what it was like to leave everything familiar to set off across those plans in a wagon. I’m convinced that I could have been a settler in a previous life. I’ve read literally hundreds of books set in that time period. Movies based in the old days draw me like a moth to a flame. Greg and I were both like that and it’s one of the reasons we loved each other so much. We understand the value of things that are hard to get. So, you can just imagine how thrilled I was to find every interior door for my house at a vintage salvage place today! It was amazing!! I have traveled to a lot of places and I have visited a lot of salvage shops…but I have never seen a place that had so many doors!!
The Vintage Station located in Bessemer, Alabama is a true treasure! Located literally right next to the railroad tracks in an old train depository, this diamond in the rough has a little bit of everything! From doors, hardware, antiques, lumber, and hand-crafted tables the list of jewels a person can find here goes on and on. The people who work there are extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I was super impressed that when I said I needed 15 doors the guys helping me didn’t fall out! They just asked what sizes I needed and went to work helping my dear old friend Ginger and me pick out doors that we liked. The atmosphere was happy and easy going. They even have a sweet little pot-belly pig named Porkchop that didn’t mind helping scope out the best doors as well!
Overall, this was a great day. I was blown away at the fact that every door I needed was here in the size I needed them to be in! That is just a miracle and even more confirmation that I am doing the right thing by choosing to be different! Greg and I had planned this house for years and we had discussed literally every single detail numerous times. My biggest problem is remembering exactly what he said on a few things, but most of it I am remembering easily. Like these doors, he would have been beside himself that not only did I save a ton of money; I found exactly what we thought we wouldn’t be able to find! Finding the lights at Christmas and now the doors I am convinced more than ever that God cares about the small things in life. He enjoys watching us smile and I am sure he was tickled for me today.
My house will not be your average house. It will be filled with unique and different things from the past. Even the things that are brand new will have a vintage flare. Even our girls are choosing old and vintage themes for their bedrooms. I gave them free reign in their rooms and I have been so impressed with how meticulous and focused they have been on getting the look they want…and both have chosen vintage themes. They are totally different, but they are old looking and I am super proud that they seem to truly appreciate old stuff as much as Greg and I
did do. I can’t wait to fill this whole house up with all of our antique treasures that we have hoarded and tucked away for years. Stay tuned for house updates in the next few weeks. Things are really coming together at the moment and I could not be more pleased. Let the construction continue!