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September 10, 2018
Fresh Face: Thrifty Vintage
Walking into Thrifty Vintage may feel like you’ve just entered a three-dimensional Pinterest page. Owner Beth Stiles has artfully arranged an eclectic mix of home furnishings, decor, jewelry, totes, and handbags in her new space on North Church Street, and it’s easy to find something you just must have. Everything is repurposed or recycled.
“I opened in the spring, which meant I could finally use my garage for things like our cars again,” says Beth. Her business started when she bought a piece of furniture online to use in her kitchen. She refinished, painted, and distressed it, and was so happy with the results she bought another piece, did the same thing, and sold it for a profit online in 2011.
The West Chester native didn’t search far away for the right space when it was clear she wanted a brick-and-mortar store. “I thought West Chester needed a shop like this—everything is affordable, and there’s something for everyone,” says Beth. She does custom work, too.
While Beth is responsible for much of the refinished furniture, she has a stable of other artisans who sell at the shop on consignment. “There are so many great craftspeople locally,” she says. “This gives them a place to show what they can do.”
The shop is also a workshop—you’ll often find Beth or one of her staff working on reclaiming older furniture. “I’m always covered in paint,” she says. “But don’t worry about getting in the way—if the light’s on, come on in!”