Bringing Fragments in Time to Life
Meet Becky from October Native! She is an avid collector of antiques and items from past days that you can continue to use and decorate with today. I love antiques and collecting vintage kitchen tools. I was so excited to hear from Becky that she would love to be spotlighted on A Year of Jubilee Reviews!!
Becky runs an Etsy shop October Native. The first thing I noticed when I visited her shop was the gorgeous photography of the items! Great work, and her pictures bring out the true vintage and heirloom quality of the items.
For review I chose a Cheese Grater much like this one. I wanted to show you her photo first, then you can see my attempt at recreating photos of my own! Instagram can do amazing things to help amateur photographers.
I asked Becky some question to get to know her an her shop a little bit more! She is a delight to work with and her love for God is evident in all she is doing. Enjoy this interview with owner of October Native and a few of her items for sale on etsy dabbled in:
Where are you from/what's your day job?
I am from Florida born and raised and I currently live in St. Petersburg. I actually was just blessed to be able to move into a house with my husband and cute little choweenie puppie.
When and why did you begin a. collecting vintage to sell and b. crafting?
It all started as a kid in my grand-pa's house. He was a big traveler, he went all over the world and brought back these amazing items that were so unique. I grew to love things that were out of the ordinary and the best places I found to find those things were in antique shops. I loved to go to antique shops as a kid and look for scribbles or notes in old books just to imagine who those people were who wrote those notes. I always was fascinated by the fact that those notes were written by ordinary people and the thought that one day the things that I may scribble in a book might have an impact on someone in the future. I love the timelessness that Vintage Items hold.
As for crafting I was that kid who would wake up on a Saturday morning and cut up all my clothes up to make purses or scrunchies or bracelets, my mom always got so mad at me, but it was worth it. I just love the excitement and the challenge of working on a project and coming to that point when you've finished and it looks amazing! I actually had that moment last night when I finished a scarf I was working on ... the feeling just never gets old; as I am sure many of you crafters out there would agree with me.
What makes your shop unique?
My tag line is that my shop OctoberNative is all about "Bringing Fragments in Time to Life". I feel that my shop definitely lives up to this in that I sell old that have been re-purposed or spiffed up, new items that I have made or craft supplies to help others bring their craft projects to life.
My favorite thing to do is to sit in coffee shops and talk with my husband. Then beyond that we both love going on our weekly treasure hunt for vintage items. And lastly we really like to be active by either biking, long-boarding, kayaking, or walking.
Is a great reflection of my love for vintage treasures and coffee houses. I lived in Chicago for a brief period of time and I love their Lofts. They are wide and open with brick walls and polished cement floors, they've got a great coffee house vibe; and I LOVE coffee. So I bought a minimalist style of furniture a retro 70's style Brown leather couch and chair and then black shelves and coffee table which really goes well with our brick facade wall with dark grout and then I have vintage treasures like old railway lanterns, books, coffee grinders, glass milk bottles, and more filling the shelves. In the kitchen my husband and I stripped the cabinets and painted them toasted almond and then painted a crackling agent on and then painted on an burgundy espresso color and it crackled so the almond shows through. We chose those colors because the counter top is old I think from the 70's and it has boomerangs of burgundy and beige and faintly green in it and then we put on black knobs and we painted the area around the stove black and put up a black coffee bar table on the wall which really tied the whole kitchen together. Over all my house is very cozy and warm, honestly I feel it looks like a retro coffee house. I love it :)
I keep up with my shop:
My Etsy shop is currently my job. My husband supports me while I am involved with starting and running a ministry called Capernaum. I work with special needs individual throughout the month and create a fun social environment for them to be able to make friends, have fun, learn about God, go to camp, and learn skills.
I have popped into Antique malls lately, I love wandering around in them. I have found Becky's prices to be very reasonable. This tin above sells for $10. I have one just like it that I am thinking I paid about the same thing for. She clearly describes the item to you, and her additional photos will answer any questions you may have. What a fun way to shop for pieces to add to your collection!!
Be sure to visit Becky online
October Native on Facebook
And for all of you Pinterest Fans!! October Native on Pinterest
Thanks to Becky for indulging my love of antiques and be sure to stop by her etsy shop soon!