Pamplin Media Group – Culver’s antique dealer takes to the air
Michael and Shawna Boynton share their precious collections in their new Main Street Vintage store
Shawna Boynton loves to collect items and invites fellow treasure hunters to explore her collection of antiques and home décor at her new boutique, Main Street Vintage, in Culver.
“I love sharing my treasures with other people and I really encourage people to come and see what we have,” Boynton says. “It’s not like anything else in town.”
Are you looking for a cart wheel, a rusty tin can or a wooden crate? How about a desk, an oil can or an add-on machine? Main Street Vintage can hook you up.
With encouragement from her husband, Michael, Boynton purchased the 5,000 square foot space on First Avenue from Ike Abbas in February. It includes two suites with a connecting walkway. After closing the antique store many years ago, Abbas used the northern section as storage space for his antiques. The south suite was the headquarters of an online sales business.
The Boyntons, with the occasional help of their four children, went to work sorting Abbas’s floor-to-ceiling collection. They kept a lot of his items in the north side of their shop – the antique part – to be sold on consignment and added some of their own.
The south side is what Boynton calls the shop. This side includes more of their own collection of antiques as well as their refurbished furniture, home and decor items and a few new items she bought wholesale.
“I like everything – I like the stuff,” Boynton chuckles. “I am a collector.”
She collects antiques, furniture and treasures from estate sales and picks up collectibles here and there. She’s put them away for years, saving them for the day she could fulfill her dream of having her own boutique.
“I never got attached to anything that I buy – I buy it just because I love it,” Boynton said. “It was a great opportunity to put it somewhere.”
They emptied their sheds and transported things from their property on the southern outskirts of Madras to the downtown Culver store. After a lot of organizing, sifting, sorting and decorating, the Boyntons had a soft opening on Saturday April 17th. They are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
It took them a few months to come up with the name Main Street Vintage.
“We wanted something to show that it’s on Main Street, and we love the old country feel and the old town feel,” she says, adding that their logo features a cart wheel with flowers.
They will continue to organize the antique part of the store by theme. There are areas with farm equipment, vehicle parts, buggy equipment, medical supplies, logging and railroad items. Other sections include post office supplies, laundry and sewing items, as well as children’s toys and furniture. There’s also a man cave, barber’s and beautician’s tools, and farmhouse cooking utensils. Boynton is also working on a 1950s diner display.
The boutique side of the boutique has a cheerful living room and dining room feel, with paintings, pillows, tables, linens, and crockery. He showcases some of his restored furniture, and Boynton adds her decorator touch to the displays, giving shoppers ideas on how to use unique furniture.
This side also offers a project corner, with low priced items for quick sales.
“I find pieces that I don’t necessarily have time to restore but that could still be loved,” she says. “These are all things that could be restored.”
The Boyntons also make furniture and plan to eventually add their own brand of furniture and decor to their shop. But at the moment, they like to share their collection with other treasure hunters.
“We are unique to our county,” Boynton said. “I really want people to see what I have in my collections and to be able to share it with people.”
Main Street Vintage
Owners: Michael and Shawna Boynton
Address: 417 First Ave., Culver
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday
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