Hi! I’m Audrey Seilheimer, founder of Vintage Mitten—a resource for all things thrifty, vintage, charming and soulful in the Awesome Mitten State! Every month, check out my VintageMitten “Fresh Picks” list for Awesome Mitten! All of my discoveries are selected to help you and your family make a mitten-fairytale-life in Michigan!
The Grand Garden Show at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
August 25th – August 27th
Last spring, I met Mary Stancik, the Head Groundskeeper at the Grand Hotel and toured the greenhouse area of the property. She graciously spent a few minutes educating me on their composting program. I was relieved to learn that leftover food from those lavish meals at the Grand go into an Island compost pile which supplies the island properties with rich soil. I was so intrigued by these enchanted Mackinac Island gardens that I bookmarked their Grand Gardening Show event on my travel wish list! Filled with hands-on workshops, green industry presentations, and tours of private gardens on the Island by carriage, what’s not to bloom about? You’ll learn more about the artistry of master gardening while being inspired by the luxury of your lush surroundings, including all of those Grand Hotel geraniums!
**Vintage Mitten Tip: If a trip to the Grand Hotel isn’t in the summer budget, just buy some Meyer’s Geranium Scented Hand Soap. It is the signature scent of the Grand and once you lather up your hands in your kitchen sink and look out the window onto your own garden you will be transported to “Somewhere In Time”.
The Red Dresser Hens & Friends Barn Sale
Rainbow of Hope Farm – 1951 County Line Road, Kingsley
June 21- June 22
The Red Dresser is a super cute boutique furniture store “up north”and every year they host a two-day flea market featuring over 20 vendors selling funky junk, vintage furniture, local handmades, APC chalk paint,and all things reclaimed! They make a party of it and even have live music and eats on Friday evening with free admission and free parking.Cock-a-doodle-doo! Let’s all go to the barn!
MICHIGAN MAKER AWESOMENESS
Layne Couture- Knit Hats and Headbands
Krissy Muller of Richmond, Michigan is a mom to adorable children who knits crazy cute hats to help pay down her son’s medical bills. The cottage industry has not only been a welcome respite from dealing with her son’s illness, it has also fueled and fed Krissy’s talent and creativity for making things by hand! She made a knit cap with a retro Detroit Tigers patch for my baby boy and we just love it! The quality of her work is superb and the hat even stretched to fit his growing head. She has makes items for boys, girls, and adults.They are all j’dorable!
Yooper Pasty– Facebook Blog
If you like the Upper Peninsula, pasty recipes, and lots of humorous Memes, you should “Like” Yooper Pasty on Facebook, eh? This Yooper keeps me smiling and I think you’ll enjoy them as much as the 30,000 people who currently follow their posts!
3141 West 12 Mile, Berkley
Not only is this shop a fantastic mini-Mitten-mall, stocked with over 60 Michigan artisans and makers, they also maintain a great website. Browse their shelves and discover unique Michigan-Made goods, or stay in your PJ’s and browse their website for hours, like I do. Great staff recommendations and artist backstories! If you are a Detroit area maker-of-cool-stuff, consider selling your goods here!
3109 W Huron Rd, Waterford
In the land of true vintage lovers, old school glamour is queen! No one in all of Michigan does vintage Glamour better than Chi-Chi and the Greek in Waterford, Michigan. Check out her Tumblr page for super fashion inspiration: http://chichiandthegreek.tumblr.com/
Zany Consignment Boutique -Two locations
318 Vine Street, Traverse City
204 E 16th St, Traverse City
Zany is my go-to consignment store in Traverse City. They just opened a second location only a few miles from their original location to serve the East T.C. area and to add room to their expanding operation. Zany is clean, well stocked, full of both high and low end brands. There is something for everyone! Their larger sizes are somewhat limited,—but remember stock is always changing as consigners bring new items in. During my most recent visit I scored new Tom’s for $28 and an authentic Kate Spade bracelet for $9.99. Go!
25519 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak
Pronounced “beh-lo-kee-o,” this resale store is not your run of the mill thrift store. Shop here for women’s upscale and high-end clothing at a fraction of the cost. (Think of the recent Style Network show “Resale Royalty”!) From casual to work to dressy attire, you will find a wide variety of clothing in like-new condition. It runs strictly on consignment and nothing is ever more than three years old. Call or visit the website for details on selling items through Bellocchio. If you are a label addict, this is the place to tap into a culture of fashion-lovers just like you and make back some of that coin. The store also offers an option for your sales to go to charity, so you can feel less guilty about your handbag issues!
–Audrey Seilheimer, Contributing Writer